NYPR Archives & Preservation
September 6, 2013 - Volume 12  Issue 34
Edition # 572

1924: The Club Alabam Orchestra performs.

1942: Connie Boswell sings and labor leader Sidney Hillman speaks along with Mayor La Guardia at Labor Day ceremonies in Central Park. The Mayor says: "Any interruption of work in a war production factory is not only detrimental to the safety of our country, its a sin against humanity itself."

1954: Host Merle Evans presents  "Benjamin Franklin: America's First Universal Man," from the drama series The American Story, sponsored by the Society of American Historians.

1960: Governor Nelson Rockefeller speaks at the 50th anniversary ceremonies of the National Urban League.

1993: Sportscaster Curt Gowdy, who wrote Seasons to Remember: The Way it Was in  American Sports From 1945 to 1960, talks to Leonard Lopate on this edition of New York and Company.

2002: The Fishko Files features mezzo-soprano Frederica Von Stade and composer Ned Rorem; both have participated in the creation of pieces of music meant to evoke and memorialize lost loved ones. Also featured is Clifford Chanin, whose group, 'The Legacy Project,' looks at memory and loss in the face of violence. An extended version of the piece appears in Studio 360, as part of its program on the subject of 'Memorials."
Ace Brigode and His 14 Virginians 'Sign' With WNYC in 1924

In the July 30 edition of Variety, Abel Green writes that the popular dance band playing at the Roosevelt Hotel had signed on as a regular WNYC feature every Thursday night. "The studio officials, because of the band's limited time, send municipal omnibuses uptown to transport the musicians to and from the radio station. The bus is also escorted by a squadron of motorcycle cops to pave the way for speedy traffic. It is quite a thrill to the musicians to be made so important as to override the strict city traffic regulations and it compensates them for their weekly trip down to ... the Municipal Building." The band played in the jazz-influenced peppy dance band style called "Collegiate Hot" a jazz style that has come to exemplify the music of the "Roaring Twenties". (Photo: WNYC Archive Collections)


     Early On Amateurs Given Tryout At WNYC

"Amateurs performed recently for Herman Neuman, Music Director at WNYC, municipal Radiocasting station in the Municipal Building. The real find of the afternoon was Helen Bourne, a young Baltimore girl who has come to this city in the hope of getting an engagement in light opera. Mr. Neuman declared it was a treat to have a voice of quality and splendid diction, poise and musicianship appear out of the blue.

"The youngest novice was a three-foot 11-year-old urchin who wanted to be "Carried 'Way Down South." He had a voice six times as strong as himself. Then came Helen Fitzgerald, 13, who sang about Mother Machree.

"You can never tell from their looks what the artists will turn out to be. A man came in who gave the effect of a bookkeeper in need of a haircut, but he sang sea songs like a Viking. Then there was the stubby Italian with two-toned shoes who worked in a boiler room but desired to sing opera arias."

(Source: Radio Digest Illustrated, August 23, 1924, pg. 5)
WNYC First day of broadcast, July 8th, 1924. 
Municipal Archives Collection.

 WQXR at 75

    (2 years ago)


The Anecdote File

"I'm a Dutch citizen who fled before the German invasion in May, 1940 and had the great fortune to arrive in the United States in January, 1941. Meanwhile, if I learned to love this country, it is partly because of WQXR. Certainly, WQXR influenced my decision to settle in the neighborhood of New York City within reach of its beams...As an expression of gratitude, therefore, I wish to buy three War Bonds of $100 each through your offices."

Source: An excerpt from a letter to WQXR by Mr. W.S.K. of Pelham, New York, circa 1942.

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: Herman Neuman, WNYC's First Music Director, is a Pioneer in the Broadcast of Classical Music.

Can't get enough of the race for Mayor? Check out the earliest known recording of a New York City Mayor from the campaign of 1922 at: Hylan!

Thanks go out this week to Mr. Lewis A. Rhodes for donating two dozen original WNYC stage and film adaptations he wrote here between August,1950 and 1951.

The scripts were produced for WNYC's Music From the Theater, a 55-minute program  in which original cast musical recordings were integrated with the plot line spoken by a narrator. According to the program producer, Martin Bush, this was often done in a "tongue-in-cheek manner." The scripts include: An American in Paris, Pal Joey and South Pacific.

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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