WNYC Turns 88: Relive the Station's First Broadcast

WNYC's first day on the air, July 8, 1924. Commissioner Grover A. Whalen, WNYC's founder, makes a phone call from the transmitter room on the 25th floor of the New York City Municipal Building.

WNYC's first official broadcast was at 8:56 p.m. on July 8, 1924. Since then, the station has been a witness to the news, politics and cultural events of New York City.

During the broadcast, the police band, Vincent Lopez Orchestra and  variety of sopranos, contraltos, vocal groups and instrumentalists performed.

Catholic, Jewish and Protestant clergy provided invocations, blessings and prayers.

Courtesy of NYC Municipal Archives