NYPR Archives & Preservation
September 13, 2013 - Volume 12  Issue 35
Edition # 573

1948: Grover A. Whalen, Chairman of the Committee of the Golden Jubilee Celebration, reports on plans for the event.

1950: This is My Block presents a docudrama about a man who embarks on a quest to clean up his neighborhood and discovers the Sanitation Department can help him

1966: Richard Nixon talks to the Overseas Press Club about the course of action in Vietnam.

1978: Richard Marshall talks about "Art About Art," on Round and About the Guggenheim with Mimi Poser.

1987: Author Joan Didion is Leonard Lopate's guest on this edition of New York & Company.

1991: The Loren Schoenberg Jazz Orchestra performs for Around New York, hosted by  John Schaefer.

2001: The News Department reports on bomb scare at Grand Central Station.

    WNYC's 'Town Baritone'


Some Municipalities Have a Town Crier... Frank Doblin is 'Town Baritone' of WNYC.

"Frank C. Doblin, protege of the great Victor Maurel of Metropolitan fame, is the man of parts--and high notes--- in question. He has sung for the taxpayers and out-of-towners since the earliest days of WNYC, the municipality's own transmitter. No more fitting choice could be made, write the fans, because when he is not pursuing his musical hobbies Mr. Doblin follows his vocation of tailor de luxe for the society folks in Brooklyn....

"There is nothing of the New Yorkese tinge to the highly-trained Doblin accents. He sings in German, French, and Italian as well as English. Week after week he displays an amazing repertoire. Hundreds of programs have been given by Mr. Doblin, as his contribution to civic service....The city pays no artists, but those who regularly appear before the microphone in the Municipal Building are of the highest artistic standing...

As an indication of the baritone's interesting civic contribution..[we can list] the following selections from recent Doblin concerts at WNYC: "Mephistopheles Serenade" from Faust (Gounod), "Quande Ero Paggio" from Falstaff, the "Evening Star" of Tannhauser, the inevitable "Toreadore" from Carmen, Ich Liebe Dich (Grieg), Nur wer die Sehnsucht kennt (Tchaikowsky), Un Doux Lien (Delbruck),...[and the list goes on.... ] "

Source: Photo and excerpts from  Eric C. Palmer's, "Town Baritone Is Title Boasted by Doblin of Station WNYC," Radio Digest, April, 1930, pg. 108.
WNYC First day of broadcast, July 8th, 1924. 
Municipal Archives Collection.

        WQXR at 75

           (2 years ago)

WQXR Under His Pillow

"As a result of my father's position, I was introduced at a young age to theater and music. I remember seeing Hamlet when I was five, and The Taming of the Shrew in Central Park when I was seven. My mother's uncle was the great violinist Jascha Heifetz, so I had a strong connection to the music world. I also remember, as a kid, I used to go to bed at night listening to WQXR radio under my pillow."

Source: Peter Gelb in Classical Singer, October, 2006. Recorded: August, 2006. Mr. Gelb is the General Manager of the Metropolitan Opera.

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: Edward Tatnall Canby: Reviewer, Critic, Audiophile, Conductor, Teacher & Host.

So, you think it's easy being a WQXR announcer? According to the crew in 1944, there were some real pitfalls.
Read on at:

Film fan? Listen to an interview with the 27-year-old Marty Scorsese airing on WNYC in 1970 at:  SCORSESE.

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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We'd also like to welcome our two new interns this week, Carl Kranz and Athena Holbrook. Carl is a graduate student in the library school at Pratt Institute and Athena is enrolled in the graduate MIAP program at NYU.

Check out the @mayorlaguardia Twitter feed straight from the WNYC broadcasts! His Honor now has 458 followers.

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