NYPR Archives & Preservation
May 29, 2015 - Volume 14  Issue 22
Edition # 660


1951: Arthur J. Wallander, Civil Defense Director for New York City, discusses our daily food supply on this edition of Report on Civil Defense.

1962: Conductor Thomas Schippers is a guest on Patricia Marx Interviews.

1975: Poets Miriam Andrews, William Mundell, and William Packard honor John Williams Andrews with selections from Andrews' work, as well as material written in tribute to him,.on the Reader's Almanac.
On November 11, 1924 WNYC began live Monday night music broadcasts from the Rialto Theatre under the direction of Hugo Riesenfeld. In the August, 1925 edition of Wireless Age, Golda M. Goldman wrote: "Dr. Riesenfeld approached his broadcasting with the thoughtfulness and care which has marked all of his theatrical work, and which has enabled him to combine the roles of music composer, orchestra leader and motion-picture presenter de-luxe."
Goldman was asked by Riesenfeld to include the following in her piece about the broadcasts: "I was walking down Broadway the other day when a brick fell on me. Could you manage to find out whether this was purely accident or whether some one had been listening to WNYC?" (Riesenfeld publicity photo)

WNYC and Theater Broadcasts

Radio broadcasts from the major Broadway theaters were not new, as the Rialto's expansion to the airwaves followed that of the Capitol, Strand, Piccadilly,and Rivoli. Variety reported  the WNYC broadcast would be from the Rialto's studios, except "a new kink in his idea is that at 9:25 o'clock the wires will be switched to the orchestra and organ downstairs, so that the organ solo, the overture and the classical jazz features of the [theater] program will be sent out." WNYC was also broadcasting from Brooklyn's Mark Strand Theatre on Sunday evenings in March, 1925 using a faux radio studio on stage.

It appears, however, that the November 11, 1924 broadcast brought the performers to WNYC, according to soprano Miriam Lax, who said, "The real thrill came the first night that the Rivoli-Rialto broadcast from WNYC. A special car called for us and escorted by police we traveled down Broadway in style, and in full costume from the stage. No traffic stops impeded us; the city bowed before us, and so we arrived at the Municipal Building with colors flying."

The Name Dropper: Did you know that historian and civil rights activist W.E.B. Du Bois was a fan of WNYC in 1952?  See: LISTENER
WNYC first day of broadcast, July 8th, 1924 (Municipal Archives Collection)

WWII Era Essays from the WQXR_ Program Guides


What do Samuel Barber, Mstistlav Rostropovich, James Levine, Alfred Hitchcock, Benny Goodman, Pearl Lang, Bernard Haitink, Robert Joffrey, Zara Nelsova, Andre Kostelanetz, Lorin Maazel, Virgil Thomson, Daniel Barenboim, Jorge Mester, Ray Bolger, Zubin Mehta, George Balanchine, Michael Tilson Thomas, Dave Brubeck and Richard Westenberg, Sir John Gielgud, Alicia de Larrocha, Erich Leinsdorf, Julius Rudel, Georges Auric,  Jan De Gaetani, Beverly Sills, Vera Zorina, Natalia Makarova, Dame Janet Baker, and Jacqueline du Pre all have in common? 

They've all been interviewed by Robert Sherman for the WQXR Great Artists series. .

WNYC celebrated its 90th anniversary last year. We're now officially a nonagenarian radio station. In this space we'll be linking to various historical WNYC champions and milestones. This week: Cartoonist and Sports Writer Thornton Fisher, WNYC Sports Commentator 1924-1925.

A little bit of WNYC's history gets animated.

Just a reminder to producers. In-house: You can always access the archive catalog without logging in by going to:

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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Check out the @mayorlaguardia Twitter feed straight from the WNYC broadcasts! His Honor now has 571 followers.

The WNYC Archives is on Twitter with 2,568 followers @wnycarchives. We tweet daily reminders of, and links to, WNYC broadcasts from that day in the past.
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