NYPR Archives & Preservation
November 20, 2015 - Volume 14  Issue 46
Edition # 684


1949: General Eisenhower addresses the Reserve Officers Association, representing all services of the US military. Eisenhower focuses on the importance of preparedness for "the war we pray will never come."

1956: George Schuster discusses.the recent uprising in Hungary at the New York Herald Tribune Books and Authors Luncheon.

1963: Labor leader Walter Reuther takes the long view in this address at the Overseas Press Club.

WNYC's First Official Evening on the Air, July 8, 1924

We are happy to announce that we have acquired the original WNYC engineering and programming logbook covering the period from July 5, 1924 (test broadcast) through December 10, 1924. A special thanks to Gerry Singleton and Ken Cobb for their assistance. (WNYC Archive Collections)
"When Girls Ride the Subway"
May 20, 1932
Dr. Dorothy Bocker came to the WNYC studio to deliver the talk "When Girls Ride the Subway to College." While we don't have a recording or the text of Bocker's remarks, one might guess that she was hopeful that coeds on their way to City College, NYU and other places of higher learning were well aware of the human reproductive system. Dr. Bocker was the first physician and Medical Director of the Clinical Research Bureau, founded by Margaret Sanger. The Bureau opened in 1923 and was the first legal birth control clinic in the United States.

The cover of Dr. Dorothy Bock's restricted survey of available birth control methods in 1924/A.Lanset Collection.
WNYC first day of broadcast, July 8th, 1924 (Municipal Archives Collection)

How Good is Your Receiver?

"On September 8, [1937] John V. L. Hogan, President of WQXR, conducted tests over his station which enabled listeners to determine what range of frequency or pitch could be reproduced by their receivers. The test consisted of a series of audio frequency tones from 20 to 16,000 cycles, all transmitted at the same volume level. The highest and lowest note still heard clearly gave an index of the quality of the receiver as a reproducing instrument.

"Similar tests have been held by Mr. Hogan at various times and he collects reports from listeners, thereby obtaining valuable information. If other stations were to follow his example, the industry as a whole would benefit because this would be the first time that incontrovertible proof of quality or the lack of it could be brought home to the average listener."
Source: Radio News, "How Good is Your Receiver," November, 1937, pg. 309.
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: James T. Farrell on a Writer's Inner Life.

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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