NYPR Archives & Preservation
December 18, 2015 - Volume 14  Issue 50
Edition # 688


1946: Rod Serling returns this week as a drunken sailor on this edition of Toward a Return to Society.

1963: Civil rights leader James Farmer, National Director of CORE, talks about his recent experiences in Mississippi.

A sterling silver medal won at The Brooklyn Eagle's Current Events Bee broadcast by WNYC in the 1920s. The Bee was radio's first quiz show. (WNYC Archive Collections)

October 31, 1934
The House of Representatives Special Committee on Un-American Activities Authorized to Investigate Nazi Propaganda and Certain Other Propaganda Activities was led by Congressmen John W. McCormick of Massachusetts and Samuel Dickstein of New York. The last of six public hearings is held in New York at the Bar Association building. Nazi sympathizers cut WNYC's microphone cable and the station receives threatening phone calls.

In 1998 Kurt Vonnegut traveled down 'the blue tunnel' for WNYC and met some interesting people. We've never had another reporter like him before or since.

With great sadness we note the passing this week of a good friend and supporter of the archives. New York Public Radio Board Member Lex Kaplen was behind us from the very beginning. We'll miss his dropping by and enthusiasm for our work.
WNYC first day of broadcast, July 8th, 1924 (Municipal Archives Collection)

Radio Daily Hails WQXR Drama Series

"The high-fidelity transmission from this outlet makes it equally fine for tense drama as it does for the classical music for which it is noted. The Master Builder, for the premiere of the Ibsen series, gave the cycle no mean start. This stirring drama is tragedy at its height and no cast in any part of the ether could have possibly offered a much better performance. Casting seemed pretty near perfect, tempo was an even one but marched inexorably forward. In two or three spots a narrator filled in briefly and no important line seemed to be missing...

"The group of Federal Radio Theater players were directed by Donald MacFarlane."

Source: Radio Daily, "The Master Builder," July 1, 1937, pg. 6.
WNYC celebrated its 91st anniversary in July. Just think, less than 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: La Guardia Backs Labor Leader Dorothy Bellanca.

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