WNYC Turns 88: Relive the Station's First Broadcast

Sunday, July 08, 2012

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. (Photo by Eugene de Salignac, NYC Municipal Archives Collection)

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


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Comments [2]


Very Cool! I enjoyed it.

Jul. 10 2012 07:35 AM
Sheila from Upper East Side

I really enjoyed this rebroadcast from the early days of radio.

Jul. 08 2012 09:32 PM

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