NYPR Archives & Preservation
March 13, 2015 - Volume 14  Issue 11
Edition # 649


1955: Democratic Party boss Carmine DeSapio goes head to head with New York State Attorney General Jacob Javits on the issue of ethics in politics.

1960: Jerome Nathanson, Chairman of New York State Committee to Abolish Capital Punishment, discusses "the case against capital punishment." Note: Nathanson was also a long-time leader of The
New York Society for Ethical Culture.
(WNYC Archive Collections)
"WNYC is America's Foremost Non-Commercial Radio Station"

"In 1949, along with members of the National Association of Educational Broadcasters, WNYC assisted in the preparation of a special study with an inventory of non-commercial radio programming in the United States. Under the supervision of Mr. Dallas Smythe,* formerly Economic Consultant for the Federal Communications Commission and now Director of Studies at the Institute of Communications Research of the University of Illinois, the study showed that in virtually all classifications which were applicable to a municipally-operated non-commercial station....WNYC LED THE WAY.

"Out of 37 stations and 33 educational program-producing activities covered in the study WNYC had:

"1) More time on air than any other station...
 2) Presented more classical music...
 3) Devoted more time to discussion of public issues on a percentage basis..."

Souirce: WNYC-WNYC-FM Annual Report 1949, pg. 3.

Editors Note: The Smythe report came out of a Rockefeller Foundation sponsored seminar on educational radio (the first of two) held at the University of Illinois Allerton House Conference Center in June and July of 1949. Twenty-two educational broadcasters attended (including WNYC's Seymour N. Siegel) and its conclusions became the philosophical cornerstone of public broadcasting in America.
Another in the Voices at the New York Public Library series: Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.,: Has the Constitution Outlived Its Usefulness?
WNYC first day of broadcast, July 8th, 1924 (Municipal Archives Collection)

Just a Friendly Rivalry

"In the New York area, we had little good music competition.  New York City's municipal station, WNYC, programmed some classical recorded music even in the earliest days of WQXR, but being the city station hindered it from competing successfully with us. 

"WNYC had the civic obligation to transmit some rather humdrum material in doing what the city thought was the station's function to let the people know the price of eggs; what the Department of Sanitation was doing to clean the city's streets; who was being honored with keys to the city at City Hall; and many so-called educational programs."

Source: Rebel in Radio: The Story of WQXR by Elliot M. Sanger, 1973. Pgs. 104-105.
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: The WNYC Peabody Awards.

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:1956.
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