WNYC History Notes Vol. 2, Issue 27

Friday, September 30, 2011 - 09:00 AM

A 1937 WNYC QSL card (WNYC Archive Collections)

QSL postcards were used to confirm reports that a station had been heard. QSL is a "Q" code from amateur and radiotelegraph jargon that means "I confirm contact with you."

The card above was sent by WNYC to Arthur L. Robb of 1338 Mulvane Street, Topeka, Kansas. The line from the tower to the top of the north (left) side of the Municipal Building was our antenna at the time (transmission from Greenpoint, Brooklyn did not begin officially until October 31, 1937).  Here are other QSL cards we have in the collection:

 This QSL card above was originally sent to Harold E. Schrock, Box 204, Greenville, Rhode Island. (WNYC Archive Collections)

The QSL card above dates from the late 1960s. It is an unused card. (WNYC Archive Collections)


Broadcast on WNYC Today in:

1929: Viennese actor Max Montor reads scenes from Shakespeare.  Note: Montor's career in the United States had begun five years earlier, with appearances on Broadway in Strindberg's Dance of Death and in Ibsen's Rosmersholm.

1945: Mayor F. H. La Guardia in his regular weekly Talk to the People comments on recent visits from Admiral Nimitz and Soviet Marshal Georgy Zhukov. His Honor also talks about high school students who go on strike because of athletic coaches not being paid overtime. "Children on strike!  Children demonstrating! Children protesting and challenging school authorities! I don't blame the children. I am sure that parents feel most unhappy about it, but I do say shame, shame, shame to those on the city payroll who provoked these children. What is to happen to democracy if children in high schools feel that government can be defied?"

1959: WNYC Director Seymour N. Siegel interviews Dr. Milton Helpern, Chief Medical Examiner of NYC (1954-1973) about his work. Note: Helpern was Professor and Chairman of the Department of Forensic Medicine at New York University's School of Medicine from 1954-1974 and was on the faculty of Cornell University Medical College. He served as president of the Medical Society of the County of New York and was a cofounder of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and the National Association of Medical Examiners.

1962: Composer Arthur Schwartz talks at an American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers gathering about the rise and influence of musical comedy.

1962: President Kennedy delivers a radio speech about James Meredith, the African-American college student entering the University of Mississippi. The President calls on Mississippi authorities to obey the law.

1984: The Fitzwilliam String Quartet performs at The Frick Collection.

1999: Laurie Anderson talks with John Schaefer on New Sounds about her "Songs and Stories from Moby Dick," being presented at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

2001: In this edition of The Next Big Thing, hate is spilled and calmly mopped up in an Egyptian cafe on Steinway Street in Astoria. Historian and artist Judith Sloan talks with owner Labib Salama about the return of the four boys who ransacked his coffee shop. Also, writer and architecture critic Tony Hiss revisits the gigantic diorama of New York City on display at the Queens Museum of Art. The diorama, created for the 1964 World's Fair, has been updated several times. But now, of course, it's suddenly and tragically out of date: The Twin Towers, what they meant, what their absence means now. 


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Comments [1]

Juan Antonio Arranz Sanz from Madrid, Spain

WNYC has been heard in Central Spain. Do you accept reception reports?
Could you give me an email address for send it?
Many thanks

Nov. 07 2011 05:18 PM

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