NYPR Archives & Preservation
October 30, 2015 - Volume 14  Issue 43
Edition # 681


1941: Debate between George Hallett, Jr., of the Citizens' Union and Abraham Kaplan, former state Senator and Chair of the Repeal Proportional Representation Committee, regarding the finer points of proportional representation and the New York City Council.

1954: Media critic Gilbert Seldes says there is faint connection between horror comics and juvenile delinquency.

March 11, 1938 on WNYC

Christopher W. Coates talks about tropical fish. Coates, an aquarist and ichthyologist, was a regular contributor to WNYC from 1937 through 1939. He was the director of the New York Aquarium and a pioneering eel researcher who trained eels to give off the kind of electric discharges he used in his research. Coates was part of a team of scientists looking into nerve function and epilepsy. In 1935, Coates co-authored the ground-breaking work "Sex Recognition in the Guppy," published in the journal Zoologica.(Photo: Coates at the Bronx Zoo with an electrical eel in 1946. Acme News Photo/WNYC Archive Collection).


WNYC/Public Radio Music Source Top-10 for November, 1995

1) Anne-Lise Berntsen & Nils Henrik Asheim/Engleskyts [Eirkelig Kulturverksted]

2) Hudson Shad/ Spawn Song

3) Latin Elvis/ Latin Elvis [K-Tel]

4) Cleo Laine/Solitude [RCA Victor]

5) Thomas Hampson/ American Dreamer [Angel/EMI]

6) Vision The Music of Hildegard von Bingen [Angel]

7) Johann Sebastian Bach/Suites for Cello [Angel]

8) Hilliard Ensemble & Jan Garbarek/Officium [ECM]

9) Johann Sebastian Bach/Goldberg Variations [Nonesuch}

10) Ludwig von Beethoven/String Quartets No 11-15 [Deutsche Grammophone]

WNYC Remote from Newsboys Home

February 22, 1927
Governor Alfred E. Smith speaks at the Annual Newsboys' Luncheon for Washington's birthday, held at the Brace Memorial Newsboys Home, run by the Children's Aid Society. The Governor tells the boys and WNYC listeners, "I remember when I got my newspapers down here and went out to sell them. I remember what they were called. Some of them have disappeared, like the good old Daily News; some have been consolidated, others still go on…It is possible that some day one of you may come back here from Albany and say, 'I am going to say to you what I heard Governor Al Smith say here once.’ Remember that you have the opportunity to be anything you wish."
WNYC first day of broadcast, July 8th, 1924 (Municipal Archives Collection)

It Could Have Been Great

 "I was approached by WQXR-FM in New York about hosting a new series of broadcasts devoted to the careers of African Americans in classical music. I was to create the format and select the performing artists and composers for live interviews. I was also to choose musical excerpts I felt best represented their work. My first guests were to be Roland Hayes, Marian Anderson, and Paul Robeson. (Joe Louis unfortunately did not fit the format.)

"To my great disappointment, ill health made an interview with Mr. Robeson impossible. Miss Anderson agreed and was interviewed at the WQXR-FM studios in Manhattan. Mr. Hayes, who was eighty-seven at that time, agreed to meet with me at his home in Brookline, Massachusetts. In anticipation of this opportunity, I packed my tape recorder and set forth on a journey I knew would provide a recorded moment unequaled in the history of sound capture..."

Source: George Shirley writing in the forward to Roland Hayes: The Legacy of an American Tenor, by Christopher A. Brooks, Indiana University Press, 2015.  Unfortunately, the recording never happened, as Mr. Hayes decided he did not want to be put on tape. However, Professor Shirley has generously donated all of his tapes from the series to the WQXR Archive Collections. The Anderson interview can be heard at the link above.
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. The Sweet Sound of a Mets World Series Victory.

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