NYPR Archives & Preservation
June 6, 2014 - Volume 13  Issue 21
Edition # 609


1947: The Citizens Committee on Displaced Persons presents Joseph in America, a drama about post-war European refugees.

2008: Leonard Lopate talks with Werner Herzog about penguin prostitution in Antarctica and his film about the miraculous mysteries of nature, Encounters at the End of the World.
 Great Premiums of the Past
From a WNYC premium brochure circa 1985. Thanks to listener Richard L. Daly. (WNYC Archive Collections)


Poet Louis Zukofsky at WNYC
April 8, 1935: Louis Zukofsky writes in a letter to Ezra Pound that he is working as a "feature and continuity writer and special  researchist  for WNYC."  Zukofsky was one of the most important second-generation American modernist poets and one of the primary forerunners of contemporary avant-garde writing.  From 1938-1940, Zukofsky  was a senior researcher and writer for the WPA-sponsored Index of Design.  The Index was a comprehensive pictorial and descriptive catalog of American craft and decorative objects and remains an invaluable  source  for historians of American art, society and culture.

In late 1939 and into 1940, Zukofsky researched and was interviewed for a series of at least eleven WPA WNYC broadcasts called The Human Side of  Art. The series was based on elements from the Index of Design.  Zukofsky's notes and WNYC scripts can be found in A Useful Art: Essays and Radio Scripts on American Design published by Wesleyan University in 2003.

                Twenty Years Ago Today

"This week, N.Y.C.'s public radio & TV stations, WNYC-AM, WNYC-FM, & WNYC-TV, kick off their final fund-raising drives of the 1994 fiscal year. But contributors have been outraged since Mayor Giuliani included the sale of WNYC-FM's license in his proposed budget cuts. Giuliani appointed Steve Bauman, a former reporter for WNEW Channel 5, to be president of the WNYC Communications Group. Interviewed in his office on the 26th floor of the Municipal Building, Bauman says, 'It's not just nice classical music. You have a system here that can be utilized as a promotional arm of the city's development.' In what Irwin Schneiderman, chairman of the WNYC Foundation, described as an 'elegant solution,' the Administration wants to sell the station's license & then move WNYC to another slot on the FM dial. But there are no other slots on the local FM dial, and the Board of Education is unlikely to give up its FM station, WNYE--which, in any case, has a weaker signal than WNYC."

Source: James Traub, writing "WNYC is Up in the Air," in The New Yorker, June 6, 1994.
WNYC first day of broadcast, July 8th, 1924
(Municipal Archives Collection)

  WQXR - 'Long Reads' from WWII

Dyn-O-Mite! & WQXR
"After a year at WRVR a job opened up at WQXR, the radio station of the New York Times. When I showed up, so young and so black, the man at the station skeptically asked if I had a first-class license. I showed it to him. I wasn't even finished filling out the application when he said, 'You're hired.' I became one of the first blacks to work in downtown radio outside of janitorial departments. Almost all of the on-air blacks, including Frankie 'The Loveman' Crocker, were uptown.

"During my second day at WQXR it was raining, so I bought an iridescent raincoat on the spot. I was so proud of having a great new job. I was so happy about my good looking slick raincoat. Everything was looking as good as that rainbow-colored raincoat."

Source: Jimmie Walker writing in Dyn-O-Mite!: Good Times, Bad Times, Our Times - A Memoir, Da Capo Press, Boston, 2012.
WNYC's 90th year of broadcasting is upon us. (The actual anniversary is this July 8th.) In this space we'll be linking to various WNYC champions and milestones. This week: Do You Have What It Takes to Be a WNYC Announcer?

This week marks the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre. After sneaking out of China on a plane with some CBC reporters, Chinese student Shen Tong provided the West with the first detailed eyewitness account from a student leader of what happened in June, 1989. Listen at: SHEN TONG.


Today is the 70th anniversary of D-Day. Listen to the documentary: D-Day in Retrospect.

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

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