NYPR Archives & Preservation
December 4, 2015 - Volume 14  Issue 48
Edition # 686


1970: M. Paul Friedberg and designing New York's playgrounds on this edition of Artists in the City, a program of the Public Art Fund.

December 9, 1945


Oscar Brand Marks 70 Years at WNYC!


Amazing! After 70 barefoot years on the air, (this coming Wednesday) "WNYC's shoeless troubadour" has reportedly been keeping his feet warm. Back in the day, Oscar was intro-ed and outro-ed as such. He also routinely serenaded the city's women with this pick-up line, "New York gals, won't you come out tonight and we'll dance by the light of the moon." To hear some vintage Oscar go to: OSCAR.

May 27, 1934

"Fascist Tendencies in the United States"
Carmen Haider talks about "Fascist Tendencies in the United States." Haider had a Ph.D. from Columbia University and spent time at the Brookings Institution. Her book Do We Want Fascism? had just been published by John Day in New York. A New York Times book review noted her extensive studies in Europe, particularly Germany, in which she described fascism's "anti-intellectualism" and "acceptance of violence as a means of gaining a desired end." As for fascism in the United States, the reviewer wrote: "She thinks that the only group that would gain under Fascist rule would be the industrial and banking capitalists." The unnamed reviewer concluded that Haider's research is "marked by much finely spun theorizing and acceptance of hypotheses as realities."
WNYC first day of broadcast, July 8th, 1924 (Municipal Archives Collection)

 Variations on a Theme

Poetic License, the program of poetry conducted by Norman Corwin over WQXR, will feature tonight at 9:45 -10 a performance of variations on Mary Had a Little Lamb. Corwin, assisted by Peggy Bert, actress, will translate the nursery rhyme into the styles of a train announcer, Gertrude Stein, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, a police radio officer, Maurice Maeterlinck, a surrealist, a sports commentator, a professor of psychoanalysis, and others.

Source: Radio Daily, "Nursery Rhyme Variations," September 22, 1937, pg. 3.
WNYC celebrated its 91st anniversary in July. Just think, less than 9 short years to the big centennial. In this space we'll be linking to various historical WNYC champions and milestones celebrating nearly a century of broadcasting in the public interest. This week: Laura Walker's 9/11 testimony before the House Subcommittee on Telecommunitations and the Internet, July 10, 2002.
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