NYPR Archives & Preservation
August 19, 2016 - Volume 15  Issue 34
Edition # 723

1924: Singer and songwriter Charles Tobias performs There's A Bend at the End of the Swanee. Tobias became one of Tin Pan Alley's most prolific composers, with more than 400 songs to his credit. Among them, Merrily We Roll Along, a rewritten adaptation of a nursery song that was used as the theme song for Warner Brothers' Merrie Melodies cartoons during the late '30s.

2001: The Next Big Thing this week is noise -- the hum of the city that's more than a hum. It's the noises inside our heads; it's the sound a man makes when he's harried.

August 22, 1928

Capt. Frank T. Courtney (second from left)  and his three flying companions are welcomed to New York City by Mayor Walker, (3rd from right). The aviators were rescued mid-ocean when their plane failed in an attempted flight from the Azores to the United States. WNYC's announcer Tommy Cowan is at the microphone. WNYC founder Grover A. Whalen is standing at the far left. (Acme News Photo/WNYC Archive Collections)

July 1, 1963

WNYC measures decibel level of ice cream trucks for Department of Markets

Albert S. Pacetta, New York City's Commissioner for the Department of Markets, follows through on complaints about loud bell ringing by commercial ice cream trucks roving the city. Four trucks play their music before an audiometer from WNYC. The noise level is measured and a standard for maximum permissible aggravation of the public is established. WNYC Engineer Henry Wei announces that the Good Humor bells, the standard, have registered minus four volume units at forty inches. Commissioner Pacetta says vendors receiving Department summonses for noise-making will be brought in and tested against this WNYC-determined standard.

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WNYC first day of broadcast, July 8, 1924 (Municipal Archives Collection)

December 3, 2016 will be WQXR's 80th anniversary. Listen to the eighteenth episode of WQXR at 50. Host Bob Sherman plays clips from musical comedies throughout WQXR's history. Also heard is a  Schuyler Chapin interview with composer Richard Rodgers and a clip from a John Wilson hosted mini-series featuring an interview with singer Mary Martin. Concluding, Sherman interviews music critic and jazz radio host John Wilson.

Thanks go out this week to Karl Eriksson at the Pavek Museum of Broadcasting in St. Louis Park, Minnesota for donating another five volumes to our collection of books from WQXR founder John V. L. Hogan's workshop. We're planning on a shelf/display in the Engineering Department for this radio pioneer's library.
WNYC celebrated its 92nd anniversary last month. 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: An Exclusive Unearthed Track by Blues Legend Reverend Gary Davis

This week's NEH-funded Annotations blog series features: Leo Rosten Analyzes Humor.

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