NYPR Archives & Preservation
March 6, 2015 - Volume 14  Issue 10
Edition # 648


1928: Lexicographer Dr. Frank H. Vizetelly talks about why we misspell words.

1938: The WNYC Forum of the Air presents a debate over whether there should be a permanent government agency for arts. Endorsing the idea are Stuart Davis, Goddard Lieberson and Burgess Meredith. Speaking against are Arthur Brinkerhoff, Jonas Lee, and Harvey Wiley Corbett.

1955: Dr. A. Alan London and Dr. William Wolf, are opposed to water fluoridation. They explain why on this edition of Campus Press Conference.

1960: Renowned cabaret owner  Art D' Lugoff complains about police harassment and the local criminal rackets on Campus Press Conference.

1983: Samuel Menashe discusses his poetry and its criticism on The Reader's Almanac.

2009: Stephen Byram has created album covers for everyone from the Beastie Boys to jazz great Dave Douglas. He's profiled on this episode of Studio 360.
Back Cover 1937 Masterwork Bulletin
(WNYC Archive Collections)
WNYC Gets Investigated

August 4, 1938:  "Justice Peter Schmuck  of the Supreme Court issued a summons yesterday requiring Morris S. Novik, Director of the city-maintained radio station WNYC, to appear next Wednesday before a special committee of the City Council with all the books and records of the station.  The committee…is investigating the station for broadcasting Communist propaganda in February under the guise of a travel tale on Soviet Russia…"

Source: Unidentified item from the New York Post clipping files.

For the whole story see: Communist Propaganda or Capitalist Commercial? A 1930s WNYC Broadcast is Mired in Controversy.
New / Old Series--New York: A Portrait in Sound

Whisperings and Musings, a weekly WNYC feature in 1937
The Granddaddy of WNYC Newsletters brought the latest station happenings to staffers in the armed forces during World War II. The archives has a few rare copies of The Transmitter that our interns Shannon Campbell and Lauren Fiorelli have recently scanned and added to the web.
The Stabin WNYC Tryptich - Next to Amy Eason's Desk on the 9th floor.
WNYC first day of broadcast, July 8th, 1924 (Municipal Archives Collection)

The Chosen People

"“WQXR announcers are picked through auditions from among hundreds of applicants. A candidate is never seen by the selection committee until it is decided that his voice and his reading ability meet station requirements. The voice must be calm, never blaring nor blatant.  It must carry no foreign or provincial accent, no Southern drawl nor Midwest twang. 

It must not betray emotionalism (this quality is especially important in news broadcasts where reports might be colored by voice inflection).  At the same time, the voice must not be flat, blasé or monotonous.  While an announcer need not be a linguist (though, actually, several are), he must have a knack for proper foreign pronunciations…One candidate in about 200 gets by, for the auditions are rather exacting…”

From an unidentified magazine article about WQXR and its announcers, circa 1955.
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: Patricia Marx interviews Woody Allen in 1964.

It's Women's History Month. New material has been added to our compilation, so get a jump on the past with some choice items from the collection at: Women's History

There will be a memorial for former WNYC host Steve Post on Friday, March 20th at Symphony Space (Sharp Theate), 2537 Broadway in Manhattan at 6 P.M.

The WNYC Facebook page has a station timeline (1922-present) with more than 600 milestones, photos, and links to audio. (Right hand column) This week:1954.
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