NYPR Archives & Preservation
October 16, 2015 - Volume 14  Issue 41
Edition # 679


1954: Media critic Gilbert Seldes on a case of controversial lip-synching long before Milli Vanilli. This time, it was Mario Lanza.

1963: South Vietnamese Ambassador Tran Van Chuong talks to the Overseas Press Club about the crisis unfolding in his country.

2009: Photographer Annie Leibovitz gets a visit from Studio 306's Kurt Andersen and she reminisces about her work chronicling the lives of rock stars for Rolling Stone.

March 4, 1927 on WNYC


Ida M. Mellen delivers a radio talk on alligators. Mellen (1877-1970) was an aquarist at the New York Aquarium, 1916-1929. She wrote books and articles on marine biology and cats. Mellen is also known for exposing the urban legend of 'refrigerator cats.'

World Premiere of Concerto for Trombone & Orchestra
For the 6th annual WNYC American Music Festival in 1945, Maestro Leopold Stokowski conducted the New York City Symphony Orchestra and Tommy Dorsey on trombone. The work: the world premiere of Nathaniel Shilkret's Concerto for Trombone and Orchestra.The crowd goes wild. WNYC's announcer at one point says "the youngsters are still very noisy" having been "stirred up by that bit of rhythm." Listen in.

Way Back

Thanks this week to Lee Hernandez and Soterios Johnson for embarking upon the biweekly archive-based series Way Back. They're kicking things off with one of our favorites from 1948: Defending Brooklyn Before Brooklyn Was Cool.
WNYC first day of broadcast, July 8th, 1924 (Municipal Archives Collection)

WQXR - 'Long Reads' from WWII

Remember when Neil Sedaka played Debussy and Prokofiev at WQXR?

WNYC celebrated its 91st anniversary in July. Just think, only 9 short years to the big centennial. In this space we'll be linking to various historical WNYC champions and milestones celebrating nearly a century of broadcasting in the public interest. This week: The Federal WPA Music Project is a Major Presence at WNYC.

The WNYC Facebook page has a station timeline (1922-present) with more than 600 milestones, photos, and links to audio. (Right hand column).
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Sadly we note the recent passing of the award-winning producer, writer and director Marc Siegel, the brother of former WNYC Director Seymour N. Siegel.  Marc was a good friend, resource, and generous contributor to the NYPR archive collections. He will be missed.

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