NYPR Archives & Preservation
October 23, 2015 - Volume 14  Issue 42
Edition # 680


1956: Kathryn Hulme, Edward Everett Tanner III, and Arthur Holly Compton speak at The New York Herald Tribune Books and Authors Luncheon.

1964: New York Senator Kenneth B. Keating talks about nuclear war and the number of countries currently capable of engaging in it.

April  8, 1939 on WNYC

Municipal court judge Dorothy Kenyon comes to the WNYC studios to talk about "women in the law." Kenyon, a feminist and political activist, did legal research for the Versailles Treaty, supported the labor movement, battled prostitution, served on UN commissions, championed women's rights, fought Senator Joseph McCarthy, and pressed for civil rights. (World Wide Photo/WNYC Archive Collections)


Over the Years WNYC & Staff Have Won Many Awards - Including:

1953: The Government of the Netherlands, The Government of France and The English Speaking Union presented the city stations with high honors in recognition of their unparalleled services promoting international understanding.

1954: National Institute of Arts and Letters Citation - "In recognition of thirty years of service to the people of New York City for enlightened radio broadcasting, particularly for service to American music and contemporary composers in presenting annually for fifteen years a festival of music devoted to this purpose."

1955: George Polk Memorial Award in Journalism from Long Island University, "for Community Service".

1956: Government of Denmark: Special Decoration, Knight of the Order of Dannebrog to WNYC Music Director Herman Neuman, for his "longtime interest and assistance to Danish music and musicians."

Third edition of 'Negro News and Views'

"Jesse O. Thomas of Atlanta, Georgia, and Southern Field Director of the National Urban League and former New York State Supervisor of Negro Economics, will be the guest speaker on the third broadcast of the series Negro News and Views over station WNYC 810 k. Saturday, May 20, at 4:15 p.m. His topic with be 'The Negro's Contribution to the Culture of the South.' The series, arranged by the National Urban League in an effort to awaken the general public to the realization of the importance of the Negro's cultural contribution to American life, is directed by Edward Lawson, Managing Editor of Opportunity Magazine" -- New York Age, May 20, 1939, p 7
WNYC first day of broadcast, July 8th, 1924 (Municipal Archives Collection)

' Wimpy' Van Cliburn

"It was the first time that Van came to WQXR to hear tapes of the Rachmaninoff Third we had made during the broadcast from Carnegie. I thought he might consider it as a possible recording release, for in my opinion it was his finest performance of the work.

He arrived for our nine o'clock appointment bearing a small paper bag. Apologizing for being a little late he explained that he had taken his mother to the doctor. In the tape room he opened the bag and spread out two hamburgers on rolls and a container of black coffee. When it comes to hamburgers, Van said, he's like Wimpy in the funnies. While we were listening Van said,  "It really went better in Boston, Abram. You know, I've learned so much about this piece since May."

Source: Abram Chasins, The Van Cliburn Legend, Doubleday, 1959, pg. 182.
WNYC celebrated its 91st anniversary in July. Just think, only 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:The Song that Made Janis Ian the Most Notorious Folk Singer in America. 

The WNYC Facebook page has a station timeline (1922-present) with more than 600 milestones, photos, and links to audio. (Right hand column).
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