NYPR Archives & Preservation
November 7, 2014 - Volume 13  Issue 43
Edition # 631


1939: Election night returns (3 hours +) from the WNYC News team hosted by Program Director Seymour N. Siegel, who introduces our remote reporters and their coverage as the polls close.

1943: The lives of children in London and New York are compared in Tales of Two Cities, a Civil Defense Volunteer Organization program.

1952: New York's 18th Century Tea Party as dramatized on the 'Tyranny and Taxes' episode of New York: Queen of Commerce.

1977: Jamake Highwater discusses his book, Anpao: An American Indian Odyssey, with Walter James Miller on The Reader's Almanac.

1986: 'The Usual Suspects' (Philip Glass, Laurie Anderson, Bill Frisell, David Amram, et. al.) on this edition of New Sounds with John Schaefer. 
WQXR Engineers: Ready, Willing and Able
WQXR transmitter engineer Athan Cosmas at the WQXR-AM transmitter site sometime in the 1940s. The photo was taken by fellow engineer Robert Cobaugh. (WQXR Archive Collections)


  Folkways Album 'Nueva York' Has Roots at WNYC

"Many of the recordings that eventually became Nueva York* were made in San Juan Hill and Lincoln Square, neighborhoods that planner Robert Moses slated for slum clearance in 1955 to develop Lincoln Center. In addition to living just blocks away from years' worth of earsplitting demolition and construction, [Tony] Schwartz understood how thousands of his neighbors were silenced in order to create the quiet entertainment space for the powerful, prosperous, and privileged. Schwartz produced a radio program for WNYC in protest, drawing on the many Puerto Rican, Jewish, and Italian musician-residents he had recorded within the new center's looming footprint. A skeptical Schwartz closed the program with the equivocal 'hope [that] it [Lincoln Center] brings as much culture to the community as did the people who were displaced."
Source: Jennifer Stoever-Ackerman, writing in "Splicing the Sonic Color-Line: Tony Schwartz Remixes Postwar Nueva York," Social Text 102, Vol. 28, No.1, Spring 2010, p. 71.
*Nueva York: A Tape Documentary of Puerto Rican New Yorkers is  a 1955 Folkways album based on more than 120 hours of recordings by Tony Schwartz. Media pioneer Schwartz was among the first to recognize the value of the portable tape recorder.  For thirty-one years (1945-1976) he created and produced a weekly program on WNYC featuring many of the recordings that were compiled into albums for Folkways Records.  Photographer Edward Steichen called Tony the man "who moved sound recording into the realm of the arts."
WNYC first day of broadcast, July 8th, 1924 (Municipal Archives Collection)

  WQXR - 'Long Reads' from WWII

WQXR Commentator Endorses New Black Magazine

"As a radio commentator on current events who has tried very hard for a long time to emphasize the fact that justice begins at home, and the Negro problem is one of several racial problems to be solved before we can hope to win the peace, I am delighted to learn of this new publication from which I hope to quote in my program. Let me take this occasion to offer you my very warmest wishes for all the success that your cause deserves."

WQXR News Commentator Lisa Sergio, December 1942 edition of Negro Digest, back cover.


WNYC celebrated its 90th anniversary this 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 Poet Laureate of Radio: Norman Corwin on WNYC and WQXR

40 hours of WNYC broadcast lectures and talks given at the New York Academy of Medicine in the 1950s are now up at They include such notables as Norbert Wiener, Margaret Mead, Raymond Firth and a symposium on Communist brainwashing among others. See: NYAM.

50 years ago this week, a mayor (and frustrated violinist) was persuaded to buy the world's most famous concert hall. See: How to Deflect a Wrecking Ball with a Violin.

In May, 1993 Click and Clack Performed Live Bluegrass and Answered Hilarious Fake Callers.

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:1937.
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