NYPR Archives & Preservation
June 17, 2016 - Volume 15  Issue 25
Edition # 714

1949: Mayor William O'Dwyer presides over the cornerstone laying ceremony for the St. George Terminal in Staten Island and jokes about the previous terminal, which burned down in 1946.

1957: New York Secretary of State Carmine DeSapio talks about the health of presidential candidates on this edition of Campus Press Conference.

Wisconsin Republican State Representative  Melvin R. Laird tells Overseas Press Club members about plans for the Republican platform at the upcoming convention.

October 1, 1944

Chill Wills Warms Up Crowd

50,000 people packed the Central Park Mall and thousands more listened in over WNYC for a civilian concert of army entertainment. Actor and singer Chill Wills (pictured) was among the Hollywood and Broadway stars performing to raise money for the New York War Fund. The three hour show was called "Foxhole Circuit Cavalcade" and billed as "a program to please every service man." There are at least six WNYC microphones in this picture. Count 'em! (PM photo /WNYC Archive Collections)
February 5, 1947

Entire Day Devoted to Social Hygiene!
"In a unique experiment in mass scale radio education, station WNYC will devote its entire broadcasting facilities from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. [today] to the Regional Social Hygiene Conference at the Hotel Pennsylvania.

"Speakers at the Conference sponsored by the American Social Hygiene Association will include Charles Bolte, Tex McCrary, Health Commissioner Weinstein, Ray Lyman Wilbur and other leaders in current affairs. Their speeches, all of which will be broadcast by WNYC, will cover such subjects as Marriage and Divorce in the U.S. Today and The Rising Tide of Venereal Diseases. WNYC decided to give six hours of air time to this conference out of concern over the increase in VD."

Source: PM, February 5, 1947.
WNYC first day of broadcast, July 8, 1924 (Municipal Archives Collection)

December 3, 2016 will be WQXR's 80th anniversary. Listen to the ninth episode of WQXR at 50. Host Bob Sherman rebroadcasts an interview from May 1973 with Elliott Sanger, one of the founders of WQXR and the author of the book "Rebel in Radio",  a history of WQXR. This is part 1 of the interview.

Also in this episode: Jascha Zayde and Alma Dettinger,  a clip from April 1949 with Alec Templeton and Jacques Fray giving a musical birds-eye-view of the goings-on at WQXR. Anjd finally, the epic Hambro & Zayde live in performance at WQXR from June 24, 1948.

WNYC will celebrate its 92nd anniversary next month.
Just think, 8 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: Senate Subcommittee on Juvenile Delinquency: Wertham Versus Gaines On Decency Standards.

This week's NEH-funded Annotations blog series features: A Different Sort of Summer Camp.

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