NYPR Archives & Preservation
March 18, 2016 - Volume 15  Issue 12
Edition # 701


Dr. Henry. T. Fleck of City College hosts the Adolph Lewisohn Appreciation of Music series.

1938: Drama director Ted Cott airs another episode of The White Legion,
a series by former newspaperman Jack Bishop, who had spent time as a researcher for the popular radio show Gangbusters. Weary of showing how criminals worked, Bishop focused the series as a showcase for police and federal gang-busting activities and tactics in New York. The dramas reportedly won praise from penologists and parents. 

1956: Health Commissioner Leona Baumgartner talks about tooth decay, fluoridated water, the Salk vaccine and TB.

1964: Admiral John H. Morrill on the importance of American private enterprise forging relationships with foreign counterparts. 

May 4, 1954

Army-McCarthy Hearings

The New York World-Telegram and Sun reports: "As a result of many telephone calls of protest, radio station WNYC has decided not to curtail its coverage of the McCarthy-Army hearings. The station today resumed full coverage of the afternoon sessions of the Senate permanent hearings from 2:30 to 4:30. It also broadcast a portion of the morning session, from 11:30 to 12:30. The city-owned station had reduced its coverage yesterday to permit scheduling of other programs." (Photo: Senator Joseph McCarthy consults with his attorney Roy Cohn during Army hearings in 1954/Library of Congress) 

June 27, 1979
Skylab: "Too Hot to Handle"
"WNYC Radio will cooperate with the Police Department Operations to broadcast emergency information over WNYC and RL1000* if Skylab debris reenters in the New York City area...The estimate of reentry and impact is believed [to be] between June 27 and July 21, with revisions supplied by NASA as necessary...The Skylab vehicle total weight is 79 tons. It is expected to break up into several hundred pieces, most of which will burn up on re-entry. The surviving debris are expected to weigh less than 10 lbs, and the largest could be approximately 5,000 lbs. On immediate entry, pieces of debris will be extremely hot and should not be handled."

*RL1000 was an interconnected audio line/loop between New York City broadcast stations and the city government originating out of civil defense concerns.

Source: Internal WNYC memo, June 27, 1979, WNYC Archive Collections.
WNYC first day of broadcast, July 8, 1924 (Municipal Archives Collection)
Before he was a household name, dramatist, director and producer Norman Corwin was taking some poetic license on WQXR.
Bob Sherman pulls the hottest tape from his interview with Alfred Hitchcock in 1974.

Did you know that WQXR was once an "Apex" station? Find out more: APEX.
WNYC celebrated its 91st anniversary last July. Just think, 8-and-a-half short years to the big centennial. In this space we'll be linking to various historical WNYC champions, broadcasts and milestones celebrating nearly a century on the air in the public interest. This week: There Are No Prophets in Science: The Vision and View of J. Robert Oppenheimer

This week's NEH-funded Annotations blog series features: Kay Boyle's take on post-war Germany.


Why Should Women be Educated? President Eisenhower

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WNYC's Way Back series - This Week - A Classic: Eleanor Roosevelt Spins Elvis Records for Kids in the Studio.

Considering a slightly different parting gesture? Have your ashes pressed into a vinyl record for loved ones to listen to your favorite song or final message. Disc of Demise.
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Women's History Month is here! Check out our compilation of major holdings at: WOMEN'S HISTORY.
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