NYPR Archives & Preservation
June 12, 2015 - Volume 14  Issue 24
Edition # 662


1928: Brooklyn District Attorney Charles J. Dodd delivers an address on behalf of the National Security League.

1955: New York State Attorney General Jacob Javits on comic books, pornography and more.

1982: WNYC News provides live coverage from a rented Winnebago of the anti-nuclear march from the United Nations to a massive rally in Central Park.
WNYC sound trucks in Central Park sometime in the 1950s. Wouldn't these make a great 'matchbox' car premium? (WNYC Archive Collections)
WNYC Helps Find Missing Girls

"Convinced that modern girls are tidy bodies who wash out their stockings every night if possible, detectives of New York City's Missing Persons Bureau always take a second look when they pass a girl with soiled and sagging hose. The odds are that she is a runaway, homeless in the big city. Last year the Missing Persons Bureau, which does the biggest job of its sort, located all but 25 of the 2,059 local missing girls reported to it. Most of them turned up at employment and charity agencies, but an appreciable few went home in response to the Bureau's famed daily five minutes of missing persons alarms over 'New York City's Own Station,' WNYC, kindly father of this sort of broadcasting..."

Source: Time Magazine, February 27, 1939.

Fair Fare Hearings?

"Hotted up by years of ding-dong debate, the five-cent subway fare in New York had become the most inflammatory civic issue on the books.  When Mayor O'Dwyer announced the open hearings on the fare question with the public invited to participate, WNYC sensed drama, threw lines into the hearing hall, broadcast every word uttered.  For two days and nights the people of New York listened fascinated to the point-counterpoint of democracy in action, in one of the greatest mass civics lessons in the history of radio. For this,  capping a year of other notable services to the citizens of New York, a Variety Award to WNYC, the most intelligently-operated non-commercial radio station in America." 

Source: 1946 Variety Show Management Award for Responsibility to the Community.

Presented each Sunday afternoon on WNYC at 4:30 PM in the 1970s and 80s, Artists in the City was "designed to introduce you to some of the professional artists who are doing exciting work in the communities and neighborhoods of New York." The show was hosted by Doris Freedman and Jenny Dixon and comes to us courtesy of The Public Art Fund.  Listen to some of them at: ARTISTS IN THE CITY.

Did you know that Aaron Copland  once said of the WNYC American Music Festival: "I hope for bigger and better WNYC festivals in the future." See: NAME DROPPER
WNYC first day of broadcast, July 8th, 1924 (Municipal Archives Collection)

WWII Era Essays from the WQXR_ Program Guides

John Barbirolli, conductor of the New York Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, makes his radio debut over WQXR., December 30, 1936.
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: The WNYC Peabody Awards 1944-2014

Welcome to our summer interns Hannah Sistrunk from Pratt's Library School program, and Byrd Pinkerton, who just finished up at Princeton University.

A  very special thanks this week go out to Sherwin Harris for facilitating and to Douglas P. Cooper for donating his radio interviews from the 1960s and 70s. Among the more than 200 reels of tape are talks with Walter Cronkite, Alf Landon, Roberta Peters, Arthur Haley, Mario Procaccino, Thomas Hart Benton, Norman Rockwell, Andy Warhol, Salvador Dali, W.H. Auden, Mickey Rooney, Ann Landers, Tom Lehrer, Dr. Jonas Salk, Rocky Graziano, Johnny Mercer, James Mason, Richard Rodgers and Dr. Benjamin Spock, among others. We plan to catalog, digitize and push these interviews to the web over the next 12 months.

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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Check out the @mayorlaguardia Twitter feed straight from the WNYC broadcasts! His Honor now has 569 followers.

The WNYC Archives is on Twitter with 2,587 followers @wnycarchives. We tweet daily reminders of, and links to, WNYC broadcasts from that day in the past.
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