NYPR Archives & Preservation
March 17, 2017 - Volume 16  Issue 11
Edition # 753


1957: Eleanor Roosevelt talks to women in prison about her recent trip to the Middle East.

2006: In this archival edition of Fishko Files, Sara Fishko reminisces about comedy duo Nichols and May.
Press vs. Radio

December 23, 1946 


"Except for the first days, and on a few special occasions, there has been no general coverage of the proceedings of the United Nations by big radio chains. NY's municipal station, WNYC has covered the UN thoroughly. Now, there is a campaign to have the city stop this because it is 'dull'.

"Radio coverage of actual proceedings permit any listener to compare the event with the press report.  Here is an excellent example:

"On Dec. 10 the newspapers reported that the General Assembly had voted 23 to 4, with 20 abstensions, to recall ambassadors from fascist Spain, as a warning to Franco to quit.

"The ordinary listener to the day's debates and votes would realize that what the newspapers did not report but what radio brought to his ears, was repeated division between the Russian bloc and the Anglo-American bloc..."

Seldes, George, "Press vs. Radio," In Fact, December 23, 1946, pg. 1. 

Editor's Note: Seldes' newsletter continues with a long list of things the WNYC listener would have understood about the U.N. vote that the newspaper reader would never have. In Fact was no doubt an influence on I.F. Stone, who later published his own muckraking newsletter, I.F. Stone's Weekly.
WNYC first day of broadcast, July 8, 1924 (Municipal Archives Collection)

Dorothy Lerner Gordon was the host and moderator of WQXR's Youth Forum program, which brought together a panel of high school or college students and an adult guest to discuss a topical question of the day. The program ran from 1943 to 1960. We're guessing this button had something to do with it. 

Perhaps, dear reader, you can tell us more?


The New York Public Radio Archives Celebrates Women's History Month. We've pulled together some of the department's leading preservation work, series and sonic artifacts concerning women's history.

A late addition to the series: First Protests at the Miss America Pageant.
WNYC celebrated its 92nd anniversary this past July. Just think, 7 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: Recordings E.T.C. where early electronic music and the avant garde got a hearing. 

This week's post on the NEH-funded Annotations blog series is: Ethical Culture Leader Algernon Black Confronts Bias and Bigotry.

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How Irish Recording Tape Saved Civilization.

"A Great Day for the Irish" as New York City Welcomes Eamon de Valera.

A 1926 Edition of Soundcheck: The Flanagan Brothers

Sean MacBride, Ireland's Foreign Minister, at City Hall.


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