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On July 8, 1924, WNYC had its first transmission. Ninety years later, and the station has continued to rely on the New York community to create the highest quality content possible. Together, we've gone through nine decades of news, talk and cultural programming together.

All next week, tune into WNYC for special programming surrounding some of the most significant moments in the station's -- and city's -- history. Check out the schedule below, and check back daily for audio of the segments as they air. You can also enjoy vintage photography courtesy of former WNYC engineer Al Tropea, as well as audio clips covering a wide breadth of topics from our archives.

 

Schedule of Programming

 

Monday, July 7:

The Brian Lehrer Show

10AM on 93.9FM and AM 820: Hear archived interviews between 1959 and 1961 on Greenwich Village's transition into an "it" neighborhood. Featuring a conversation with Jon Strausbaugh, NY Times contributor and author of The Village: 400 Years of Beats, Bohemians, Radicals and Rogues.

 

Tuesday, July 8: 

The Brian Lehrer Show  

10AM on 93.9FM and AM 820: Marty Goldenson, a former WNYC producer, talks about his work with Kurt Vonnegut on the 1998 series "Reports on the Afterlife." 

Soundcheck 

9PM on 93.9FM: Each day, Soundcheck dives into the archives to unearth rare performances taped by WNYC. Tonight, we focus on Bob Dylan.

 

Wednesday, July 9:

The Brian Lehrer Show  

10AM on 93.9FM and AM 820: Hear about the legacy of Robert Moses' and Jane Jacobs' influence on New York City's built environment. Kenneth T. Jackson, history professor at Columbia and author of Empire City: New York Through the Centuries, joins Brian in the studio.

The Takeaway  

9AM on AM 820 & 3PM on 93.9FM: Hear about the enduring legacy of Langston Hughes, as explained by writer and Virginia Tech professor Nikki Giovanni

Soundcheck 

9PM on 93.9FM: Each day, Soundcheck dives into the archives to unearth rare performances taped by WNYC. Tonight, we focus on Lead Belly and Woody Guthrie.

 

Thursday, July 10:

Soundcheck 

9PM on 93.9FM: Each day, Soundcheck dives into the archives to unearth rare performances taped by WNYC. Tonight, we focus on Miles Davis.

 

Friday, July 11:

Soundcheck 

9PM on 93.9FM: Each day, Soundcheck dives into the archives to unearth rare performances taped by WNYC. Tonight, we focus on Leonard Bernstein

 

Recently in WNYC Celebrates 90 Years

WNYC At 90: Miles Davis And Stan Getz Play Birdland In 1950

Friday, July 11, 2014

Soundcheck listens back to Miles Davis and Stan Getz's performance at Birdland as part of the American Music Festival in 1950, as part of WNYC's 90th anniversary. 

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WNYC At 90: When Lead Belly Spoke With Woody Guthrie

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

As part of WNYC's 90th anniversary, Soundcheck listens back to Lead Belly's WNYC radio program Folk Songs Of America, in which he was joined by folk icon Woody Guthrie.

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Nikki Giovanni on Langston Hughes' 'Conversation With the Future'

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

In a speech aired on WNYC in 1957, poet and civil rights icon Langston Hughes grappled with finding an authentic American voice in the face of prejudice.

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Jacobs vs. Moses in WNYC's History

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

As part of WNYC's 90th anniversary celebration, Kenneth T. Jackson, Editor in Chief of The Encyclopedia of New York City: Second Edition (Yale University Press; 2 edition, 2010) and president emeritus of the New York Historical Society, listens to archival audio of Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs giving speeches that reflect their influence on the definition of urbanism and New York and discusses their lasting impact on the city.

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Celebrating WNYC's 90th Anniversary

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

For 90 years, WNYC has reflected -- and reflected on -- our ever-changing city. Here are some of the sounds and voices that have defined New York and New York Public Radio since July 8, 1924. 

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WNYC At 90: Bob Dylan's First Radio Interview

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Soundcheck listens back to Bob Dylan's first radio interview from 1961, as part of WNYC's 90th anniversary. 

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Kurt Vonnegut Talks to the Dead

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

As part of WNYC's 90th anniversary celebration, Marty Goldensohn, former WNYC news director, shares excerpts from the station's 1998 series "Reports on the Afterlife." It's based on Vonnegut's book God Bless You Dr. Kevorkian, a fictionalized account of interviews with recently deceased people.

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WNYC Covers Sex and Rebellion in the Village in 1959

Monday, July 07, 2014

Fifty-five years ago, WNYC addressed the "tension" in Greenwich Village over interracial couples and beatniks. We hear your memories of the era.

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Photos: The Early Days of WNYC

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

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Al Tropea started at WNYC as an engineer before moving on to work at City Hall, recording various events for 37 years. Over the course of that time, he took incredible photos of WNYC in its hey-day.

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Diving into the WNYC Audio Archives

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

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Over the past 90 years, WNYC has had the honor of hosting some of the world's most prominent figures on our airwaves. From Robert Frost to Miles Davis and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to Winston Churchill and Alice Monro -- we have learned about the world alongside our listeners during these poignant interviews. Take a listen to some of the most compelling guests that have graced the WNYC airwaves.

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Pioneering Language Classes Over WNYC

Friday, September 14, 2012

Between the summer of 1925 and spring 1932, Victor Harrison-Berlitz, the General Manager of 410 U.S. Berlitz language schools, taught French, Spanish, German and Italian over WNYC. The regular classes were a pioneering effort for American radio.

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Kurt Vonnegut: WNYC Reporter on the Afterlife

Friday, August 05, 2011

The author Kurt Vonnegut (1922-2007) worked with WNYC producer Marty Goldensohn on a 1998 series known as Reports on the Afterlife. A year earlier, Vonnegut explained these reports would come as a result of "controlled near-death experiences."

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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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Malcolm X on WNYC

Friday, December 17, 2010

Malcolm X in front of the Teresa Hotel in Harlem when he was still a spokesperson for the Nation of Islam.

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