NYPR Archives & Preservation
October 9, 2015 - Volume 14  Issue 40
Edition # 678


1925: Captain Eddie Rickenbacker, Lieut. Walter Hinton, and Captain Rene Fonck speak at the banquet of the National Aeronautic Association, direct from the Hotel Pennsylvania.

1956: William J. Trent Jr., the Executive Director of the United Negro College Fund, says the end to segregation will not put an end to Negro colleges, but that they will have more white students.

Clean Up Brooklyn !


On November 26, 1925, women members of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce go to WNYC's studios.  Among the speakers is Dr. Eliza M. Mosher, chair of the Cleaner Brooklyn Committee, who charges Brooklyn is "one of the most littered and untidy communities in America."  Mosher tells those listening over WNYC that her group had printed 300,000 cards containing rules , which , if carried out, would make Brooklyn cleaner.

When Grandma Had A Show
"Mary Julian Glover will present the first of her new series of radio shows, The Grandmother's Club of the Air,  over station WNYC, New York City, Thursday afternoon at 4:30…Mrs. Glover, who is known professionally as Mary Julian, took her idea to WNYC, a non-profit municipal station, and it was approved…The opening show on the night of December 5 will be a presentation of the Negro Grandmother's Gospel Choir, consisting of eight voices under Mary's direction…The second program will be an interview of Jewish grandmothers, December 12. Irish and German grandmothers will appear on the program December 19, and Jewish, gentile, Japanese and Negro grandmothers will sing Christmas carols December 26. The best show of all, Mrs. Glover says will be January 2, when grandmothers will bring their wedding gowns to the radio station and wear them for the program. Another show planned for late January will feature grandmothers and their pets."

Source: Unidentified newspaper clipping from December 4, 1946.
WNYC: New York City's Light Switch?

On March 3, 1953, the City of New York requests permission from the FCC to use a barely audible WNYC 'beep' tone for radio-controlled street lighting. Engineers say such a system would save the city half-a-million dollars annually. But the FCC turns the city down on July 23rd, saying such a radio signal would "seriously hamper" operation of the national system for radio alerts in time of enemy air attack.
WNYC first day of broadcast, July 8th, 1924 (Municipal Archives Collection)

WQXR - 'Long Reads' from WWII

"On July 18, 1939 at 4:01 p.m.,Major Edwin Armstrong presented the first regularly scheduled program on FM radio. The program was relayed by WQXR in New York City by specially installed high fidelity telephone line to W2XMN in Alpine, New Jersey. The programs continued until 11 p.m. and the records show that this schedule was continued for a long period thereafter. It is estimated that these programs reached approximately 25 FM receivers, the only known number to be in existence at that time...

"WQXR, which participated in FM's historic debut, went on the air with its own station, WQXR-FM, in November, 1939, as the first frequency modulation station in New York City proper."

Source: WQXR Press Release, July 10, 1964.

WNYC celebrated its 91st anniversary in July. Just think, only 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: WNYC Promotes Health and Wellness with Olympian Joe Ruddy.

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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