NYPR Archives & Preservation
September 12, 2014 - Volume 13  Issue 35
Edition # 623


1951: A family from New York City goes to Ithaca, New York and gets a lesson in surviving an atomic attack on this edition of Plan for Survival.

1968: Patricia Marx interviews caricaturist Al Hirschfeld. They discuss how he got into the business of “character drawings,” his opinions on modern-day actors and theater as compared to the earlier 20th century, and the difference between caricature and portraiture.

1977: James Kirkwood discusses his novel Some Kind of Hero on The Reader's Almanac.
WQXR has Schweppervescence!
Comdr. Edward Whitehead, (a.k.a. "The Man From Schweppes") was host of WQXR's This Is Britain (1959-1962). The show is described in the April, 1959 WQXR program guide as "a program of sounds, music and stories of England. As host, Commander Whitehead takes his listeners on a personally conducted tour of the British Isles, with comments based on his personal experiences. He uses music of the areas visited to bring the locale to life."

Whitehead was a decorated British naval officer and veteran of the WWII South Pacific campaign but was perhaps best known as the advertising representative of Schweppes Tonic Water. The first campaign was created by Ogilvy & Mather Advertising Agency in 1955 and ran through 1965. Whitehead was the President of Schweppes USA and their overseas General Manager. New York Times Studio photo. (WQXR Archive Collections)


News Assassins!
"A critical problem confronts us when we discuss radio's role in understanding labor, and, for that matter, in handling problems of race relations and ticklish international news. There are a limited number of stations and commentators whose policies in handling news are designs for deception. These individuals are a liability to all of us. They must be restrained, since appeals to conscience or sense of public duty have had no effect upon them. These individuals, few though they be, are guilty of first-degree premeditated murder of the facts of news. It is my opinion, entirely apart from these willful assassins, that all too many of us are guilty of fact murder in the second degree--factual manslaughter caused by carelessness, by the failure properly to weigh the techniques of our work and the burden of our responsibilities.

"We must remember that we are not in the insurance or department store business. We are in the democracy business and our customer is the United States of America. We must not lightly murder the true news picture upon which the workings of our democracy depend and then carelessly dismiss the crime as a misdemeanor."

Source: WNYC Director Morris S. Novik speaking at the symposium "Radio's Role in Understanding," Education on the Air: The Proceedings of the Fifteenth Institute for Education by Radio, 1945, pg. 20.
WNYC first day of broadcast, July 8th, 1924
(Municipal Archives Collection)

  WQXR - 'Long Reads' from WWII

Maestro in the Kitchen

“...It concerns a dinner party under the auspices of a wealthy host and hostess who had gathered a select company to hear the first Toscanini radio broadcast, which, it will be remembered, was surrounded with a notable fanfare when first offered to the public.

"The broadcast was well-launched, and the dinner-jacketed company was sitting hushed and attentive when the hostess spied the butler wagging frantically for attention. She hushed and ignored him, but he insisted on being heard. Finally, he broke the sacred silence. 'Madame,' he said, "you are listening to WQXR. We have Toscanini in the kitchen.' "

Source: WQXR Music Director Abram Chasins in the talk, "Commercial Radio as a Musical Force," Education on the Air: The Proceedings of the Sixteenth Institute for Education by Radio, 1946, pg. 441.


WNYC recently celebrated its 90th anniversary. We're now officially a nonagenarian radio station. In this space we'll be linking to various historical WNYC champions and milestones. This week: The Radio Stage.

We Gave Joan Rivers a Tape-Lift

Even tape of Joan Rivers needs a face lift, of sorts. We restored this ailing 1999 recording of Rivers cracking wise on The Leonard Lopate Show.
Homosexuality. Mixed-race couples. Narcotics on MacDougal Street. This archived conversation from a WNYC broadcast gives an incredible sense of what's changed--and what hasn't.
How a Frank Zappa-hosted concert of music by Varèse was resurrected
How a turn-of-the-century lute player came to influence an entire generation of club VJs and video artists.
The WNYC Facebook page has a station timeline (1922-present) with more than 607 milestones, photos, and links to audio. (Right hand column) This week:1929.
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