NYPR Archives & Preservation
September 2, 2016 - Volume 15  Issue 36
Edition # 725

2001: Roy Nathanson's radio drama You're the Fool consumes today's entire episode of The Next Big Thing.

This Associated Press clip dates from 1945, when life in post-war Britain wasn't easy.  After years of tracking WNYC's history, we often seen "WYNC" as part of a search strategy. Inexplicably, our dyslexia-provoking call letters are a fairly common occurrence.  Aside from the correct sequence, there is seldom any other reordering.  This is obviously something Radiolab needs to investigate.

Trivial, Perhaps.  But We're Curious...
To be fair, the same syndicated AP story appearing above in newspapers around the country had our call letters in their proper order. Of a dozen U.S. papers checked only this one (from a paper which shall remain unnamed) seemed to have some difficulty.

However, we also checked on how this story was reported in seven British papers. None mentioned WNYC.  The girl's hometown broadsheet, The Lancashire Evening Post, reported on Christmas Eve that her mother had written to Mayor La Guardia saying her daughter "had no dolls and she did not look like getting any this Christmas [sic]. She had heard that in America there was a plentiful supply of everything, including dolls." All British newspapers reported the doll's arrival in London on Christmas Eve and booking on a train to St. Helens, England, before going missing.

But wait, there's more! A second AP dispatch out of St. Helens, on December 28th reported that Allison's old doll was held together with adhesive tape, but that the replacement doll arrived late. "LaGuardia's gift, resplendent in a yellow organdy dress arrived two days after Christmas, but its head was broken after the 3,000-mile trip."

A query with the University of Miami archives where the Pan-American World Airways papers are housed turned up no accounts of the flight. We're checking with our friends at the New York Municipal Archives. There's a chance Allison is still around, and the doll too. Perhaps we'll have all the facts by Christmas. :)

WNYC first day of broadcast, July 8, 1924 (Municipal Archives Collection)

December 3, 2016 will be WQXR's 80th anniversary. Listen to the twentieth episode of WQXR at 50. Host Bob Sherman interviews Arnold Michaelis, a WQXR producer during the mid-1950s. Michaelis brings some of his own tapes to the interview, including a well known 1955 interview with Bruno Walter, a Mozart special from 1956, and a rare WQXR interview with Oscar Hammerstein.

We've updated the New York Public Radio Peabody Awards page. Check it out at: PEABODY. 

We're also working on a more comprehensive accounting of WNYC and WQXR awards. If you see missing entries here, please let us know.

The Tony Schwartz Collection now includes two 1989 interview segments with Tony done by David Garland. Listen at: SCHWARTZ.
WNYC celebrated its 92nd anniversary in July. Just think, less than 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: B.S. Before Soterios --So Ya Think Ya Know Yer Morning Edition Hosts?

This week's NEH-funded Annotations blog series features: The Wayfaring Stranger Burl Ives Performs at the Book and Author Luncheon.

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