NYPR Archives & Preservation
January 23, 2015 - Volume 14  Issue 4
Edition # 642


1925: A Propeller Club program featuring the Brooklyn Navy Yard Band with speeches from Rear Admiral Bradley A. Fiske and Colonel E. A. Simmons.

1947: Police Commissioner Arthur Wallander makes lengthy speech on the causes of juvenile delinquency, taking aim at neglectful parents and popular representations of gangsters.

1951: Acclaimed monologist Cornelia Otis Skinner performs for the New York Herald-Tribune Book and Authors Luncheon.

1989: John Schaefer features music from Bill Laswell, The Durutti Column, and David Torn for this episode of New Sounds.

2004: Dean Olsher sits in on a high-stakes, high-camp game of bingo at the West Village Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center on this edition of The Next Big Thing.
WNYC's Bob Costigan Interviews Summer Festival Queen
Robinson "Bob" Costigan interviews the 1969 New York Is a Summer Festival Queen Kathy Mann. According to a station press release, "The intent of the to make both visitors and residents aware of the wealth of free activities in the metropolitan area." As an Assistant Production Supervisor, Costigan hosted the Summer Festival program. Mann was his first guest and they discussed the events surrounding her coronation. Bob is using a Uher reel-to-reel deck. (Photo courtesy of Bob Costigan/WNYC Archive Collections)

WNYC Helps NYPD Locate Missing Persons

"Radio fans for years have heard the familiar program that emanates daily from station WNYC. It is high noon, and the Missing Persons Bureau is broadcasting a fifteen-minute description of men, women and children it is currently seeking. If there is time, the program concludes with a brief homily based on some lesson to be learned from the day's report. The program, packed with emotional appeal, is in a class by itself; listeners who tune in at its start rarely spin their knobs before it ends.

"For various good reasons, Captain [John G.] Stein always placed a high value on the daily broadcast. It brought good results in finding missing persons; it went into countless homes with its cautionary message for thoughtless parents; it reached the ears of youthful, prospective runaways and undoubtedly dissuaded may of them from leaving home as it stressed the folly of such conduct. To that extent, in Stein's opinion, the program was no less a preventative measure than a remedial. During his tenure of office, and unless sheer pressure of other work obliged him to delegate the job to one of his assistants, he wrote the scripts himself and it was his voice that read them into the mike. It did not hurt at all that he happened to have a clear flexible voice that radio experts pronounce ideal for broadcasting."

Source: Livingston, Armstrong and John G. Stein, The Murdered and the Missing, Stephen-Paul Publishers, New York, 1947, pgs. 65-66.

For more on the long-time WNYC/NYPD collaboration see: MISSING PERSONS BUREAU.
WNYC first day of broadcast, July 8th, 1924 (Municipal Archives Collection)

  WQXR - 'Long Reads' from WWII

"WQXR was the sound track of my childhood. The radio was always turned on and tuned to 1560 or 96.3. Awakening to George Edwards Bright and Early, retiring to bed to Symphonic Highlights. If I was around at 9AM, it was Piano Personalities. At 5PM, it was always Robert Farnon's Journey into Melody. Listening to Melvin Elliott, Lloyd Moss, Duncan Pirnie, Jacques Fray.

"I still fondly remember the WQXR theme songs of the day. How can I hear Sleighride without thinking of George Edwards? Arabesque without thinking of Piano Personalites? Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring without thinking of Steinway Hall? Rosenkavalier waltzes without thinking of Jacques Fray? Walpurgis nacht without thinking of Other People's Business? Mahler's 4th without thinking of Robert Lawrence? How I miss these theme songs and wish WQXR would bring them back. Finally, the golden voices of Bill Watson and Clayelle Dalferes, who came from the "other" NYC classical music station."

Victor from Pennsylvania, 11/30/2011


WNYC celebrated its 90th anniversary this year. We're now officially a nonagenarian radio station. In this space we'll be linking to various historical WNYC champions and milestones. This week: WNYC and NYPD in search of Criminals.

Thanks go out this week to Raymond Neuman, former WQXR engineer and Notes reader, who generously donated a copy of the April, 1942 WQXR program guide, which he has kept since he was hired just following its publication.

The WNYC Facebook page has a station timeline (1922-present) with more than 600 milestones, photos, and links to audio. (Right hand column) This week:1948.
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