NYPR Archives & Preservation
November 15, 2013 - Volume 12  Issue 44
Edition # 582

1964: Edward Tatnall Canby discusses his favorite Stravinsky selections on this episode of Recordings, E.T.C.

1973: Mimi Poser discusses videotapes in the arts with Shirley Clarke and Howard Wise on Round and About the Guggenheim.

1989: Former New York Times Managing Editor Clifton Daniel discusses his Chronlcle of America with Leonard Lopate.

1990: Richard C. Hottelet talks with Rita Hauser and Howard Squadron about the Middle-East on this edition of America and the World.

2004: Jamaican-Chinese poet Staceyann Chin talks with Brian Lehrer about being a new immigrant in New York.
Dedication of Theodore Roosevelt High School

Mayor James J. Walker with Principal William R. Hayward on the stage of Theodore Roosevelt High School auditorium during the WNYC broadcast dedication exercises, November 28, 1928. (Acme News Photo, WNYC Archive Collections)


WNYC and The United Nations
“I'm a very lucky guy, because when I get up every morning and look out my window, I see the most magnificent example of architecture anywhere in the City of New York. I look at the United Nations building, right on the shores of Manhattan's East River.
"That reminds me of the work WNYC is doing in taking advantage of what United Nations Radio has to offer. This is something we must continue to do, and I appeal to each one of you who have radio stations to do likewise. In the last four years, WNYC has devoted about 1,500 hours a year to the broadcast of United Nations sessions -- everything from the General Assembly to the Security Council and the World Health Organization. When they hold their meetings over in Paris, we make special arrangements to carry those shows. That means we have had to cancel our own programs, right and left, and many times we have run into all sorts of difficulties. Mr. MacAndrew can tell you of the times we have disappointed a million school children sitting in their classrooms waiting eagerly for the program because, possibly, Mr. Molotov was holding forth. We get all sorts of objections from our listeners, but it is also heartening to have thousands and thousands of people continue to write every single year, telling us that they want to hear more about what goes on at the UN.
"[The] UN has established a special five-minute newscast just for us, originating from Lake Success.  This goes on every night. News from the UN and from all over the world is made available to 16 million people in the Metropolitan Area of New York…”
Source: WNYC Director Seymour N. Siegel from a panel discussion on Radio and U.S Foreign Policy, Education On The Air: Twentieth Yearbook of the Institute for Education by Radio, ed. O. Joe Olson, Ohio State University, 1950, pg. 69.

WNYC First day of broadcast, July 8th, 1924. 
(Municipal Archives Collection).

       WQXR at 75

Goodman's 'Paramount Riot' Re-Created on The World of Jazz

"Benny Goodman's 'Paramount Riot' program of twenty-five years ago will be reconstructed on WQXR's The World of Jazz, Wednesday March 7, from 10:05 to 11 p,m. John Wilson, who conducts the station's popular jazz feature, has planned the program to commemorate Benny Goodman's first opening at New York's Paramount Theatre on Wednesday, March 10, 1937, an event which opened the Swing Era.

"Of particular nostalgia for people between the ages of 40 and 55, the program will recall old Goodman favorites by the bull band and by the Benny Goodman Quartet which included Goodman, clarinet; Teddy Wilson, piano; Lionel Hampton, vibraphone; and Gene Krupa, drums. The program will recall, too, that it was the day 21,000 young people jammed the theatre, were shagging in the aisles and tried to climb up the elevated stand on which the band played…"

Source: WQXR Press Release, March 1, 1962.


WNYC's 90th year of broadcasting is upon us. (The actual anniversary is next July 8th.) In this space we'll be linking to various WNYC champions and milestones. This week: Chief Engineering Supervisor Hom Hong Wei.

Released this week on the web: Herman Kahn in 1960, Jonathan Miller in 1964, Ted Sorensen in 1967, Danny Kaye, Michael Harrington, David Schoenbrun, and Edward Villela in 1968 all with host Patricia Marx.

In the September, 1943 WQXR Program Guide piano virtuoso and WQXR listener AlecTempleton attributes "the very excellent modern style of swing piano playing to a certain Johann Sebastian Bach." Read his essay: Bach is a Modern.

John Tavener, the English composer known for his hauntingly spiritual works that drew the attention of the Beatles and the British Royal Family, died on Tuesday at his home in Dorset, England. He was 69. Listen to an interview with him and more from the archives at: TAVENER.


The WNYC Facebook page has a station timeline (1922-present) with more than 607 milestones, photos, and links to audio. (Right hand column)

We're also working on the WQXR Facebook timeline. (1929 to present)

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