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The WNYC History Notes: 90+ Years of Public Broadcasting

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More that nine decades of broadcasting in the New York metropolitan area covers a lot of ground, especially when your mandate has always been to serve the public interest. The WNYC History Notes is an archive blog series that aims to tell that story, though it is far from complete. We keep discovering new things about this place! So, it's an ongoing research project whose focus is to compile, organize and document station related staff, events, programs and some iconic moments since the idea of a municipal broadcasting station was just a twinkle in Grover A. Whalen's eye in 1922. Also included here are a number of collaborative inter-departmental blog pieces that add to this ever expanding narrative or, if you will, the tale of the transmission from an eclectic electric past. (Photo: Eugene de Salignac/NYC Municipal Archives)

WNYC Director Seymour N. Siegel: Public Radio Visionary

Friday, February 10, 2012

Mayor La Guardia sent him in to close the place down. He ended up saving it.
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Ted Cott: WNYC Wunderkind

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

He was hired as a ticket taker for Staten Island Ferry and reported for work at WNYC.
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Morris S. Novik: Public Radio Pioneer

Friday, July 13, 2012

He coined the phrase 'public broadcasting' and made the station a role model.
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WNYC's Resident Man of Words, 1926-1929

Friday, January 20, 2012

"Once there was a wizard who boasted that he knew his book from A to Izzard. He was a mere novice compared with Frank H. Vizetelly."
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WNYC and the Land of Mu

Friday, January 13, 2012

A cult classic airs on WNYC.
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Pioneering Language Classes Over WNYC

Friday, September 14, 2012

French, Spanish, Italian and German lessons were all available on the air.
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Macklin Marrow and the WNYC Concert Orchestra

Friday, August 03, 2012

When WNYC had a concert orchestra, this man lead the way.
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WNYC Vintage Microphone Slide Show

Friday, March 16, 2012

Some of the ways to reach the air.
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The Reader's Almanac with Walter James Miller

Friday, May 04, 2012

He conducted early interviews with writers such as Nadine Gordimer, Erica Jong, Kurt Vonnegut, Dorothy Gallagher and Jerzy Kosinski.
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Woody Guthrie and WNYC

Friday, June 24, 2011

He was a regular guest on Leadbelly's show and sang the station's praises.
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The Whimsy of Artist Leo Garel Fills the WNYC Masterwork Bulletin.

Friday, November 05, 2010

Check Out the Slide Show!
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WNYC's First Music Director is a Pioneer in the Broadcast of Classical Music

Friday, February 18, 2011

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He was a an accomplished conductor and composer and oversaw the department from its beginning in 1924 to 1967.
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Opera Soprano Frieda Hempel Sings on WNYC Because She Loves New York!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Mayor La Guardia said he could not find the words to thank her.
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David Randolph: The Father of Weekly Thematic Music Programming

Friday, June 03, 2011

His weekly show aired for 33 years on WNYC.
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Radio Pioneer Tommy Cowan Announces a Parade of History

Friday, May 10, 2013

He was an announcer blessed with the gift of gab and an encyclopedic knowledge of New York.
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William Orton Tewson - WNYC Literary Critic (1928-1934)

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

W. O. Tewson was an editor and literary critic heard regularly on WNYC between March, 1928 and September, 1934 discussing literature and books. He wrote for The New York Times, Hearst newspapers, and was the editor of The New York Evening Post's literary review.

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WNYC Promotes Health and Wellness with Olympian Joe Ruddy

Friday, December 23, 2011

Keeping Fit was a regular series of  health and exercise talks by Joe Ruddy on WNYC in 1926.
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Cartoonist and Sports Writer Thornton Fisher, WNYC Sports Commentator 1924-1925

Friday, December 16, 2011

Thornton Fisher (1888-1975) began his broadcasting career in 1923 at AT&T's WEAF in New York as one of radio's earliest sports commentators. He switched to WNYC the following year, not long after the municipal station began broadcasting. The Evening Leader of Corning, New York  praised Fisher's Tuesday and Thursday evening program, Sports Analysis, and said, "he is one of the keenest sports writers and cartoonists in the world of journalism. His love for all sports, coupled with his sparkling wit and understanding of every phase of every game, have created an immortal place for him as chronicler of the progress of sports."[1]

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Raymond Asserson, Sr., The Man Who Built WNYC in 1924: Speaking Truth to Power

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The man who built WNYC.
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Ralph Berton: The Man Behind Radio's First Serious Jazz Music Program

Friday, June 01, 2012

The show was dedicated to "the finest in recorded hot jazz."
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Malcolm X on WNYC

Friday, December 17, 2010

The event that sparked an iconic photograph.
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First Jewish Daily Forward Radio Program is on WNYC

Friday, November 04, 2011

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Believe it or not, it happened on WNYC, not WEVD!
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Frankfurt School Theorist on WNYC in 1940

Friday, October 28, 2011

Mayor La Guardia puts an end to critical theorist's music show.
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WNYC Broadcasts From One of the First Anti-Nazi Rallies Held in the U.S.

Friday, January 21, 2011

The first and far from the last of such coverage.
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WNYC Covers the Celebration of Wiley Post's Record Breaking Flight Around the World in 1933

Friday, January 07, 2011

Our microphone is front and center.
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WNYC QSL CARDS

Friday, September 30, 2011

Are you a DXer?
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Kurt Vonnegut: WNYC Reporter on the Afterlife

Friday, August 05, 2011

An opportunity to catch Vonnegut's keen observational skills as a reporter from a distant place, where neither before, nor since, WNYC has had a stringer.  
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Music History On the Air in 1936

Friday, November 26, 2010

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Brooklyn College Sponsors Music Series
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WNYC's New AM Transmitter, 1937

Friday, September 02, 2011

Halloween, 1937: WNYC new WPA-built transmitter comes on line. It has a micro-ray system, the only one in use outside of the Vatican."
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The Father of FM Broadcasting is Heard Over WNYC 63 Years Ago Today!

Friday, February 11, 2011

The inventor of FM radio helps to launch WNYC new FM transmitter.
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Isaac Brimberg: The Broadcast Pioneer Who Made It All Work

Friday, March 25, 2011

He was an MIT grad who made all the difference.
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Artist and architect A.G. Lorimer Captures WNYC's Old Transmitter Site From Two Perspectives.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Art and technology in harmony.
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WNYC Broadcasts Tribute to Nikola Tesla

Friday, April 29, 2011

Without him, the modern world wouldn't be the same.
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WNYC: September 11, 2001

Friday, September 09, 2011

  A compilation of WNYC broadcast material from the day.

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Radio Fad: Collecting Verified Reception Stamps

Friday, December 10, 2010

Hobby Helps Determine Signal Reach
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The New York Public Radio Archives Loses An Old Friend

Thursday, February 24, 2011

The first Chinese-American broadcast technician in the New York-metro area.
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Enjoy WNYC's Tube Noise-Free Sound? You're Not Alone

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Thomas Edison's 'right hand man' praises WNYC's static-free sound in this 1936 missive.

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Intrepid City College Staffers Record Dust Bowl Refugees for WNYC Documentary

Friday, June 10, 2011

You could call them Lomax juniors.
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Listen | From the WNYC Archives: Triangle Shirtwaist Fire

Friday, March 25, 2011

The tragedy that brought about law.

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Celebrating 60 Years of WNYC-FM in 2003

Tuesday, March 11, 2003

The origins of frequency modulation at WNYC.

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The Federal WPA Music Project is a Major Presence at WNYC

Friday, April 08, 2011

A lot of people think Mayor La Guardia saved WNYC, but it was really the Federal WPA.
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WNYC American Music Festival

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

» WNYC's all-time favorite recordings of American music

In 1940, the contrast between extensive censorship in Nazi Germany and America's myriad freedoms inspired the launch of the American Music Festival. The Festival has continued to be broadcast each year between Lincoln's and Washington's birthdays.

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Al Arkus: The Music Maestro

Friday, February 24, 2012

The Pied Piper of children's programming on WNYC.
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Edward Tatnall Canby: Reviewer, Critic, Audiophile, Conductor, Teacher & Host

Friday, June 17, 2011

A reviewer's reviewer.
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Communist Propaganda or Capitalist Commercial? A 1930s WNYC Broadcast is Mired in Controversy.

Friday, March 11, 2011

A cold war was brewing well before the World War II.
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Happy Cosmonautics Day, and Other Fascinating Moments From Radio Moscow

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

WNYC tried to bridge the cultural Cold War-divide by periodically airing some Radio Moscow programs.
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Cavalcade of WNYC

Thursday, July 08, 1948

A recreation of WNYC's first broadcast at the launch of the station's 25th year on the air.

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Poor Little Annie!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

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The Mayor, WNYC and the comics.
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Listen | Remembering Pearl Harbor, 70 Years Later

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Seventy years ago today, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, drawing the U.S. into World War II. Step back with WNYC to December 7,  1941, to listen to a broadcast about the attack an...

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How Geopolitics Shaped WNYC’s Iconic Station Identification

Friday, June 13, 2014

NBC had tones. We had a statement of hope for the world.
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The Man Who Fought For and Founded WNYC

Thursday, May 29, 2014

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WNYC's founding: A story from the dawn of the Radio Age.
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Thomas B. Morgan, Former Head of WNYC, Dies

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Thomas B. Morgan, the President of the WNYC Communications Group from April 1990 to April 1994, died today. Morgan was an honorary trustee of New York Public Radio. He had not been well for some time.

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The Flexner Incident: Not One of Our Finer Moments

Monday, July 21, 2014

James Flexner's appearance on WNYC in 1931 could have gone better. He tells the story of the announcer with the wandering hands.
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WNYC and WQXR: Pioneer Broadcasters of Latin American Music

Thursday, July 17, 2014

It started at WNYC, ended up at WQXR and packed a south of the border beat.
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Have Fun With Your Children, 1945

Sunday, May 08, 2011

Becky Reyher: Suffragette, Advocate for Women, and WNYC Host.
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Shirley Zak Hayes: WNYC's First Woman Staff Announcer

Thursday, October 09, 2014

She broke into the Boy's Club here in 1966, but she'd already distinguished herself as a community activist—thanks to her, there's no four-lane highway through Washington Square Park.
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Mary Perot Nichols: Guiding WNYC's Rebirth and Renewal - Part 1

Monday, October 27, 2014

In 1979, when the city owned WNYC, then-Mayor Ed Koch demanded the station air the names of men who patronized prostitutes, and it cost director Mary Perot Nichols a fortune in funding.
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Mary Perot Nichols: Guiding WNYC's Rebirth and Renewal - Part 2

Monday, October 27, 2014

WNYC gets a new facility and wins a Peabody. A lot of change for WNYC in 6 years.
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Ready or Not, Listeners Hear John Cage Composition Over WNYC in 1945

Thursday, December 11, 2014

One of the earliest known broadcast recordings of a John Cage work.
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WNYC and the NYPD Agree, Don’t Run Away from Home!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

In its earliest days WNYC worked closely with the NYPD.
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WNYC and the NYPD: In Search of Criminals

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Long before the FBI's most wanted lists, WNYC was helping the NYPD track down criminals.
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Do You Have What it Takes to Be a WNYC Announcer?

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

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Take an announcer's exam from 1948 to find out if you would have made the cut!
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WNYC WWII broadcasts at the National Library of Norway

Friday, March 18, 2011

WNYC aids in the struggle against the Nazi occupation of Norway.
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WNYC Becomes Only Metro New York Radio Station Permitted to Use Naval Observatory Time

Sunday, April 10, 1938

WNYC gets with the grid and ties into the clock of all clocks.

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Radio's First Record Review Program - Around the Disc with Peter Hugh Reed

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

WNYC a pioneer of the record review.
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A WNYC Scene Sampler Circa 1939 by Laszlo Matulay

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

A portrait of WNYC from 1939.
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The 'Founding Father' of Arab-American Literature

Monday, November 23, 2015

Even before the creation of the State of Israel, the question of Palestine was a sensitive issue. In this 1937 talk Ameen Rihani speaks out against a Jewish state in Palestine.
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Living Opera with Alan Wagner

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

He left behind a powerful legacy of music fans who joyfully learned to love opera and other classical musical forms because of his infectious passion for the art.
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WNYC's Peabody Award Winners

Thursday, May 12, 2016

WNYC has been winning Peabody Awards since 1944.
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Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Lilian Supove Blake

Monday, May 30, 2016

When most women in Radio were doing home-ec shows, she was WNYC's News and Special Events Director.
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A Rare WPA-Era WNYC Poster!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Innovative Graphic Circa 1939-1940
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The Earliest Identifiable WNYC Recording: Lindbergh at City Hall in June, 1927

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The oldest piece of the WNYC audio ever found!
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