Music History On the Air in 1936

From the Collection

An original 192-page bound series of radio scripts. This is one of two volumes purchased at auction in the early 1990s by a staff member of Mercy College and donated to WNYC. (WNYC Archive Collections)


Broadcast on WNYC today in:

1928: Child Placing Committee of the State Charities Aid Association luncheon celebrates its 13th year of aid to homeless children. Speaking at the event are: humorist Will Rogers, monologist Ruth Draper, cartoonist and inventor Rube Goldberg, the singing poet Vachel Lindsay, author and playwright Beverley Nichols, actress Blanche Yurka and illustrator and cartoonist Percy Crosby.

1939: The first in a series of 1939-40 American music concerts, during which works of contemporary native composers are presented under the auspices of the National Association of American Composers and Conductors on the last Sunday of each month. Sigmund Spaeth, president of the association, is the commentator, and Macklin Marrow directs the orchestra. Works performed: Medieval Suite by Louis Edgar Johns, Stars and Whimsy by Mary Howe, Scherzo from the Afro-American Symphony by William Grant Still and Two Sketches by Lily Strickland.

1948: Israeli Menachem Begin, leader of the Irgun, is honored by Mayor William O’Dwyer at City Hall. The Police Glee Club sings the Star Spangled Banner and Hatikva. Begin is greeted with a standing ovation. O’Dwyer jokes about Begin’s reputation with the police and the fact that the British have a price on his head. Begin thanks the United States for support. O’Dwyer also introduces a young man named Samuel Tamir, a survivor of several concentration camps and the commander of the Irgun’s Jerusalem troops. The program ends with the Police Glee Club singing Marching Along Together.

1951: The Northwestern University Reviewing Stand poses the question, "Where Lies America's Future-City or Country? A salute to the 4-H Clubs of America."   Four high-school students speak: Coleman Brown of Evanston, IL, Doris DeShay of East Chattanooga, TN, Tom Knott of New Fair Township IL and Jim Rosenbaum of Charloe, MT. Coleman and Tom are from the “city,” and Doris and Jim are from the “country."

1962: The Science of Sound - Part One on Recordings E.T.C. with Edward Tatnell Canby.

1989: Arts Alive At the Algonquin with host Schuyler Chapin. Guests: Hugh Southern, Floyd Abrams and Celeste Holmes.

1992: Legendary New Yorker writer Joseph Mitchell reminisces with Leonard Lopate about Up in the Old Hotel, on New York and Company.

2002: Soundcheck celebrates Aaron Copland. Best known for the ballet Appalachian Spring and World War II anthem Fanfare for the Common Man, Brooklyn-born composer Aaron Copland drew his inspiration from the experiences of average Americans. Judith Tick and Gail Levin, coauthors of Aaron Copland’s America, talk about Manhattan’s burgeoning artistic community in the 1920s, which provided Copland with muses as varied as painter Georgia O’Keefe and photographer Paul Strand. Also weighing in on Copland’s legacy is Alex Ross, music critic for The New Yorker.