NYPR Archives & Preservation
September  27, 2013 - Volume 12  Issue 37
Edition # 575

1956: Alexander Hamilton, Secretary Treasurer of the American Museum of Immigration, and descendant of the founding father, answers questions from the foreign press about the Museum's celebration of the 70th Anniversary of the unveiling of the Statue of LIberty on this edition of International Interview.

1978: Mimi Poser talks with Roland Force, Director of the Museum of the American Indian on this edition of Round and About the Guggenheim.

1981:The Fitzwilliam Quartet performs at the Frick Collection.

1996: Director Mike Leigh discusses his award-winning movie, “Secrets and Lies," with Leonard Lopate on New York & Company.
 Walker Responds to Charges of Corruption

Mayor James J. Walker in a "heart to heart" talk to officials and department heads in his administration. He asks for civic honesty, defends his leadership against charges of scandal and highlights the accomplishments of his tenure as mayor. The public 'executive session' is held in the  Board of Estimate Chambers at City Hall on July 21, 1930. (Acme News Photo, WNYC Archive Collections)


Walker Uses Radio to 'Bears Witness' that Graft, and Dishonesty Will Not Be Tolerated.

In his forty-five minutes of remarks to staff, Mayor Walker (pictured above) refers to the listening audience no less than six times. A few examples:

"... So it is that I have asked for the municipal station WNYC, and I am very happy to say to you that we have the cooperation of two other very popular and serviceable stations, WJZ [NBC] and WOR. So that what I say to you tonight might be witnessed by the people of this city, so that they might understand that in this what otherwise might have been an executive session so to speak, that we have thrown open the windows and asked the people of the city to listen in as the Mayor talks to the heads of the various departments ..." 

"... 'The administration is sinking lower or the morale of the administration is sinking lower.' That is a severe indictment, but that is a charge that I deny not only in your presence but within the hearing of all our listeners in ..."

"... You must leave this room knowing what is in my mind, and I am calling the people of the city to witness what I say, that I may be held to a strict accountability for everything I utter to you tonight ..."

Note: Investigations into corruption within the Walker administration led to his testimony before the commission headed up by Judge Samuel Seabury. Among other improprieties, Walker was found to have various joint accounts he couldn't reasonably explain. He resigned as Mayor September 1, 1932.
WNYC First day of broadcast, July 8th, 1924. 
Municipal Archives Collection.

       WQXR at 75

          (2 Years Ago)

    This is Only a Test

The following is part of a test announcing script given to prospective WQXR announcers some years ago:

 "The old man with the flaccid face and dour expression grimaced when asked if he were conversant with zoology, mineralogy, or the culinary arts. 'Not to be secretive,' he said, 'I may tell you that I'd given precedence to the study of genealogy. But, since my father's demise, it has been my vagary to remain incognito because of an inexplicable, lamentable, and irreparable family schism. It resulted from a heinous crime, committed at our domicile by an impious scoundrel. To err is human...but this affair was so grievous that only my inherent acumen and consummate tact saved me."

News & Notices:


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: V.H. Berlitz and his pioneering language classes on the air.

WQXR invited composer Aaron Copland to write for the station's June, 1942 program guide. He obliged with an essay on Latin Americans in Music.

Thanks to David Callahan, Principal Librarian at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts for loaning us 15 reels of The World of Children's Literature, a weekly WNYC-NYPL interview program from the 1970s.

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 - present)

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