NYPR Archives & Preservation
August 12, 2016 - Volume 15  Issue 33
Edition # 722


1945: Mayor F. H. La Guardia awaits the official announcement of Japan's surrender with WNYC staffers. He says he can't explain the atomic bombs that were dropped on Japan but then proceeds with several graphic analogies about how the bomb and enriched uranium are produced. He asks listeners to imagine a firecracker as large as the Woolworth Building and thanks Germany and Italy for supplying the scientists who helped make the atomic bomb.

1953: Iva Bennett highlights foods that are high in Vitamin C on this edition of Listen to Nutrition. She says,  "Fresh citrus fruit are in abundance from November through May, but that doesn't mean that we cannot get our vitamin C in the summer meals."

1981: Walter James Miller talks with Scott Sommer about his novella Lifetime on The Reader's Almanac.

Rear Admiral Richard E. Byrd at WNYC mics in a photo dated July, 2, 1930 shortly after his return from an expedition to the South Pole. This was not the famous polar explorer's first time on WNYC. The New York American clip below is from June 20, 1926 in anticipation of his reception after flying over the North Pole. (WNYC Archive Collections).

New York American, June 20, 1926, Courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives.
WNYC first day of broadcast, July 8, 1924 (Municipal Archives Collection)

December 3, 2016 will be WQXR's 80th anniversary. Listen to the seventeenth episode of WQXR at 50. Host Bob Sherman plays clips from WQXR in the 1940s. The Randolph Singers perform and we hear the voice of Irving Deacon, the station's first ballet show host. Deacon's April 25, 1940 show was first ever broadcast of the ballet Giselle.


Many thanks and a fond farewell today to Assistant Archivist Ben Houtman. For the last year Ben has been a terrific asset to the department for digitization, editing, reference and web work as well as writing. And with help from Data News, he's been the driving force behind the NEH project archives map taking you to go 'around the world' in sound. Good luck! I wish we could keep you on.
WNYC celebrated its 92nd anniversary last month. 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: Patricia Marx interviews Dick Gregory in 1964.

This week's NEH-funded Annotations blog series features: Sir Edmund Hillary Scales the Heights of Literary Society.

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