NYPR Archives & Preservation
May15, 2015 - Volume 14  Issue 20
Edition # 658


1952: Brooklyln Borough President John Cashmore greets the Alert America Convoy at Borough Hall. Note: The convoy was a national campaign aimed at educating and mobilizing the public to prepare for an atomic attack. It was made up of three distinct convoys, composed of ten 30-foot trailers traveling different routes around the nation.
"Mappe of ye city showing some points to which WNYC takes its microphones." Drawn by Leo Garel and published in the July-August, 1939 edition of WNYC's Masterwork Bulletin.
Where More Than 7 Million People Live and Enjoy the Benefits of Democracy

“WNYC, New York City’s own station, will revive the dramas presented and written by the ‘Free Company’ last year. The programs will be broadcast on Friday afternoons, beginning January 23rd at 5 to 5:30 P.M. Written by some of the outstanding names in American literature, the program was devoted to dramatizing the benefits of democracy. Shortly after its inception over the Columbia Broadcasting System, the program came under fire from the American Legion. The protests were withdrawn, however, when it was learned that the broadcasts were produced with the sanction of the United States Government.

"Among the works to be presented in the series are The States Talking by Archibald MacLeish, The Mole on Lincoln’s Cheek by Marc Connelly, Freedom’s A Bought Thing by Stephen Vincent Benet and People With Light Coming Out of Them by William Saroyan. Actors for the show will come from leading Broadway plays and the programs will be directed and produced by Mitchell Grayson.”

Source: "WNYC Revives Dramas of Democracy," by Jean Walker,  Daily Worker, January 22, 1942, p. 7.
When WNYC First Pondered Big Data

"The problem of adapting WNYC programs to the requirements of the listeners' psychology will be made from a scientific analysis of the mail reponse received by the Municipal Broadcasting Station."

Source: New York City Commissioner for Plant and Structures (WNYC's parent agency) Frederick Kracke in a press release, December, 1936.

If you see one of these: WQXR Pipe Stands, let us know!

Remembering Singer and Folklorist Guy Carawan

The Construction of the Great Bridge, Uniting Brooklyn and New York.
WNYC first day of broadcast, July 8th, 1924 (Municipal Archives Collection)

WWII Era Essays from the WQXR_ Program Guides

The WQXR Matches
"The flip side of this match box says, 'Monsieur Henri'. This is a bar in Paris and a wine company based in New York. We're guessing the New York company was a sponsor at some point.

WNYC celebrated its 90th anniversary last year. We're now officially a nonagenarian radio station. In this space we'll be linking to various historical WNYC champions and milestones. This week: Ready or Not, Listeners Hear John Cage Composition Over WNYC in 1945.

A little bit of WNYC's history gets animated.

A fond farewell and tip of the hat to our outgoing interns Shannon Campbell and Lauren Fiorelli.  Your contributions to our fulfilling our mission are much appreciated.  Good luck with your future endeavors!

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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