NYPR Archives & Preservation
June 5, 2015 - Volume 14  Issue 23
Edition # 661


1925: Col. James Churchward offers another in a series of scintillating talks on prehistoric civilizations.

1978: Poet William Mundell on The Reader's Alamanc.

2012: Joan Rivers explains to Leonard Lopate why she hates everyone,
With great sadness we mark the passing of former WNYC host Margaret Juntwait this week. (Photo: Phyllis Belkin/WNYC Archive Collections)
Tide and Time Wait For No One

"The municipal broadcasting station of New York City, WNYC, located atop the Municipal Building, recently celebrated its third anniversary. The station has been on the air for more than 5,300 hours, according to Albert Goldman, Commissioner of the Department of Plants and Structures.

"Last year, more than 1,718 hours of entertainment, news, etc., were radiated. About 900 of these hours were devoted to vocal and instrumental music. Since July 8, 1926, more than 316 hours were devoted to programs which originated from outside points.

"The anniversary address was delivered by Commissioner Goldman who outlined the progress of WNYC. A new feature of the station, he said, was the nightly announcement of the tide-table for the following day, which is of interest to the fisherman, bathers and shipping interests. The schedule of the ferry lines operated by the Department of Plants and Structures is also given nightly, he said."

Source: "Tides and Ferry Time Sent Nightly by WNYC," Radio World, July 23, 1927, page 11.

Artists in the City was a WNYC program "designed to introduce you to some of the professional artists who are doing exciting work in the communities and neighborhoods of New York." The show was hosted by Doris Freedman and Jenny Dixon and presented each Sunday afternoon on WNYC at 4:30 PM in the 1970s and 80s. The broadcasts come to us courtesy of The Public Art Fund.  Listen to some of them at: ARTISTS IN THE CITY.

The Archives this week also notes the passing of folk legend Jean Ritchie, who appeared many times on both Oscar Brand's Folksong Festival and Dave Sear's various folk music programs.

The Name Dropper: Did you know that Woody Guthrie once said of WNYC, "If there is the littlest, faintest spark of hope for the nervous salvation of our other New York stations then I see a whole big blaze of hope for WNYC." See: LISTENER
WNYC first day of broadcast, July 8th, 1924 (Municipal Archives Collection)

The WQXR Great Artists Series



"I can only be grateful for your comforting programming at this time of trouble and sorrow. The sound of WQXR is my respite from the grief, horror and misery of the last two days"
Listener, Eileen Pollock.
WQXR's mission to bring people together with classical music was deeply appreciated by listeners in the days and weeks following the September 11th terrorist attacks. The station expanded its classical format to play even more music, suspending commercials and promotions for nearly a week.

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: Opera Soprano Frieda Hempel Sings on WNYC Because She Loves New York!

A little bit of WNYC's history gets animated.

Just a reminder to WNYC/WQXR producers: When you are here at the station 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 2,581 followers @wnycarchives. We tweet daily reminders of, and links to, WNYC broadcasts from that day in the past.
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