NYPR Archives & Preservation
July 18, 2014 - Volume 13  Issue 27
Edition # 615


1924: A talk: "Air Mail Service and Its Advantages." There is also a performance of the Letter Carrier's Band.

1951: Host Bill Leonard plays clips from Truman, Churchill, Dulles and others as he reviews the continuing threat facing the Western world by the Soviet possession of the atom on Plan For Survival.

1968: Patricia Marx interviews Thomas Wilfred, a pioneer in the art of light. Wilfred gives an overview of his life, explaining his fascination with light and how he made a living before Lumia, or art created from light. He also discusses the Clavilux, an instrument created specifically for creating Lumia, and the sources of his inspiration. Note: Thomas Wilfred died about a month before this program aired on WNYC.

1977: Richard Gardner discusses his novel The Dragon Breath Papers with Walter James Miller on the Reader's Almanac.

2008: Sara Fishko ponders time, music and the number five in light of a new song by the popular Icelandic group Sigur Ros, notable for producing work with no time signature at all.
WNYC's 'City Fun With Children'

Between 1945 and 1949 Rebecca H. Reyher, a.k.a. Becky Reyher, produced more than 300 editions of City Fun With Children. The program highlighted the many activities available to mothers and children in New York City. Each week's show featured a guest from a local museum, zoo, or other attraction, who gave details of the activities available at their institution. Among the many institutions highlighted were the Brooklyn Public Library, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Museum of the Jewish Theological Seminary. You can listen to the shows we have at: CITY FUN.  (Reyher publicity photo from April 15, 1948, WNYC Archive Collections)


Did you know that WNYC was issued an experimental license with different call letters before they were WNYC? Know what they were?
1st correct answer to gets an NYPR Archives mug.
It's baseball season and what better time to reflect on the deeper meaning of the game? A. Bartlett Giamatti: Baseball as a Meditation and Narrative On Life.
WNYC first day of broadcast, July 8th, 1924
(Municipal Archives Collection)

  WQXR - 'Long Reads' from WWII


Washington Correspondents on WQXR

"Important events and developments in the nation's capitol will be brought to WQXR listeners by New York Times staff members direct from Washington, in a new series which begins over WQXR on Wednesday, April 2, at 11:05 p.m. immediately following The New York Times news summary.

"The outstanding story of the week will be presented by Times correspondents to be selected by Arthur Krock, Chief Washington Correspondent, and Luther Huston, Bureau Manager..."

Source: WQXR Program Guide, April, 1947.
WNYC's 90th anniversary was last week! 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 WQXR Pioneers of Latin American Music Broadcasting.

Interested in the WNYC/Guggenheim series Round and About the Guggenheim with Mimi Poser from the 1970s?  We've transferred them all and they're up at the Guggenheim site. Go to: Round and About and click on the folder list and scroll down to the hyperlinked items.

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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