NYPR Archives & Preservation
May 13, 2016 - Volume 15  Issue 20
Edition # 709


1964: Pakistan's Foreign Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto discusses his nation's foreign policy and position in world affairs. He talks about the ideological basis of his nation and defends Pakistan's views on the India-China clash and the Kashmir problem.

NYC Mayor Vincent Impellitteri

Mayor Impellitteri speaking sometime between 1950 and 1953. (Photo courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York)

"Taboo Topic" - December 1, 1937
An unidentified newspaper clip:  "In spite of NBC's recent censorship flurry, WNYC is broadcasting an address on venereal diseases at 5:15 PM today. The speaker will be Dr. William F. Snow, general director of the American Social Hygiene Assn. NBC stepped into a great commotion of newspaper headlines a few weeks ago by refusing to allow General Hugh Johnson to discuss this subject over the air. The controversy was closed a week later when NBC invited Dr. Morris Fishbein to discuss social diseases instead of the General. WNYC, New York's municipally owned station, is not governed by the network restrictions, of course."

Source: WNYC Scrapbooks, NYC Municipal Archives.
Significant Donation!
Thanks go out this week to Karl Eriksson at the Pavek Museum of Broadcasting in St. Louis Park, Minnesota for donating 15 original volumes from WQXR founder John V. L. Hogan's technical library! Hogan, an American radio pioneer, was a lab assistant to the inventor Lee de Forest and in 1907 participated in the first public demonstration of the audion tube (triode).  He is the father of single-dial radio tuning and discovered the "rectifier heterodyne," which significantly increased radio receiver sensitivity. His work in broadcasting and facsimile transmission was cutting edge and helped lay the groundwork for today's modern communications systems.

Among the Hogan-inscribed or stamped volumes are the Bell System Technical Journal for 1924 as well as Miessner's Radiodynamics Wireless Control of Torpedoes and Other Mechanisms, from 1916.
WNYC first day of broadcast, July 8, 1924 (Municipal Archives Collection)

December 3, 2016 will be WQXR's 80th anniversary. Listen to the fourth episode of WQXR at 50, The episode features an interview with Jascha Zayde, who began working at the station in 1936.

Performances include:

Claude Debussy's  En Blanc et Noir Scherzando (Leonid Hambro & Jascha Zayde)

Mendelssohn's Virtuoso Piano Quartet

Chopin's  Rondo in in C Minor (Jascha Zayde)

Schubert's Trout" Quintet - Theme and Variations (WQXR Quintet)

WNYC will celebrate its 92nd anniversary this July. Just think, about 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: Marian Anderson Speaks on Empathy, Attainment, and Race.

This week's NEH-funded Annotations blog series features a look back at the Negro Melody Singers and the Juanita Hall Choir in: 'Way Over in Beulah Land' and All Over the Airwaves

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