October 25, 1938
National Anthem Conundrum
In her A Woman's New York column in the Washington Post, Alice Hughes writes: "Girl About Town--Mrs. Elizabeth Faff upset our Mayor La Guardia the other day with a distracted squawk that our municipal radio station, WNYC, played the national anthem far too often, and at difficult hours. Mrs. F. wanted to know specifically whether she had to hop from bed or bathtub whenever the speaker gave out the tune. Hizzonner was stumped. Finally the flag association ruled that when sitting in the living room, one should stand--but whenever the action would be forced or unnatural, such as eating at table or when splashing in the tub, one should let it go."
It's interesting to note that on the very same day, the communist newspaper, the Daily Worker ran a profile of WNYC, calling it "the people's radio station."