NYPR Archives & Preservation
October 28 , 2016 - Volume 15  Issue 44
Edition # 733

1952: Gabe Pressman moderates this edition of Campus Press Conference. The editors from four college newspapers question Michael Bartell, Socialist Workers Party Candidate for U.S. Senate from New York.

1961: Robert Moses waxes poetic about sports at the groundbreaking ceremonies for Flushing Meadows stadium.

WNYC's 'Loud Talkers'

"At station WNYC, the great New York City radiocast station atop the Municipal Building, giant loud talkers are installed to provide entertainment for listeners 26 stories below. On quiet evenings the music can be heard in Jersey across the river. The station is big success."

Source: "WNYC, New Station, Great Success," Radio World, July 26, 1924, pg. 17 and courtesy of

UPI Dispatch on WNYC's Roof Garden Studio

"WNYC, New York's municipal broadcaster, has a remote control station which is unique at least in New York radio circles. It consists of an outdoor roof garden and is employed by WNYC for the broadcasting of programs enlisting the services of a large number of people, such as a band, or symphony orchestra, or choral body. On hot summer nights, it is also utilized in place of the studio, and, being located more than a score of stories from the street, is not troubled with traffic noises... A platform has been erected on the roof of the Municipal Building which on broadcast nights is surrounded by potted palms and other floral decorations. " 'This outdoor studio has proved to be a great boon on hot nights,' said Christie Bohnsack, Director of WNYC... 'We recently staged a State of Mississippi Night...Our microphone is simply extended outside, and the soloist or ensemble [is] picked.up and carried to our transmitter.' "

Source: Excerpts from William J. Fagan, UPI dispatch from New York, September 2, 1926
WNYC first day of broadcast, July 8, 1924 (Municipal Archives Collection)

December 3, 2016 will be WQXR's 80th anniversary. Dialing back to 1979 Bob Sherman talks to Ray Bolger, who is best known as the Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz. He has also served as a conductor and worked with George Balanchine, among other musical pursuits.
WNYC celebrated its 92nd anniversary this past July. Just think, less than 8 short years to the big centennial. In this space we'll be linking to various historical WNYC champions, broadcasts and milestones celebrating nearly a century on the air in the public interest. This week: The Man Without a City.

This week's NEH-funded Annotations blog series features: The Birth of "McCarthyism"

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