NYPR Archives & Preservation
October 7 , 2016 - Volume 15  Issue 41
Edition # 730

1953: James Michener, Agnes E. Meyer, and Will Durant each talk about their latest literary works at The New York Herald Tribune Book and Author Luncheon.

1966: Robert C. Weinberg, WNYC's architecture critic, comments on failures and triumphs of recent architectural design and its lack of a cohesive style. He praises several recent constructions such as the Whitney Museum and the National Maritime Union as "works of art of a forward looking kind" and the new wing of the Gracie Mansion as "an exquisite piece of justified antiquarianism."


With great sadness we mark the passing of Folksong Festival host Oscar Brand. For a record-shattering 70+ years WNYC's  'shoeless troubadour' opened each broadcast with a familiar "Hello, friend," and then proceeded to draw from his rich well of folk music to educate and entertain generations of listeners and provide us with an introduction to countless new talents as they emerged on the folk music scene. Friend, you had an amazing run! (Photo: WNYC Archive Collections)

Listen to some classic Oscar from the 1940s and 50s at: OSCAR.

July 20, 1924

Pioneering ham radio operator defends WNYC against early critics

In a letter to The Brooklyn Daily Eagle Perce B. Collison (K2DZ) writes: "A great deal of energy is being wasted by those who slander station WNYC. Their wave length is sharply defined and the tone quality (modulation) is as good or even better than any station within 1,000 miles of New York. Those in charge of the actual operation of the apparatus are all pioneers in radio broadcasting. The station is a new toy for certain public officials but they will soon tire of unnecessary 'educational' talks and leave the way open for station managers to put a very high grade program on the air...Stop knocking, at least publicly; remember that you do not have to listen to what you do not like to hear. There is always something on another wave-length. I have been 'on the air' since early 1907."
WNYC first day of broadcast, July 8, 1924 (Municipal Archives Collection)

December 3, 2016 will be WQXR's 80th anniversary. Listen to the twenty-fifth episode of WQXR at 50. Host Bob Sherman dedicates this program to pianist Vladimir Horowitz and replays the second half of his first ever live broadcast from Carnegie Hall in 1951. In addition to the performance, WQXR music director Abram Chasins recounts his experience with the broadcast.

Listen to the late, great conductor Neville Marriner, (RIP), and cellist Nathaniel Rosen as they discuss their collaborations and their individual work on this edition of The Great Artists series from 1979.
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: The Reader's Almanac with Walter James Miller.

This week's NEH-funded Annotations blog series features: Tunguska Event: The Truth is Out There.

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