From The Archives
Friday, April 13, 2012
Saturday, September 01, 2007
Renowned sound documentarian and audio-visual pioneer Tony Schwartz believes people should use tape recorders as much as cameras to capture meaningful events. Over the years he has recorded more than 30,000 sound portraits of New York City life, like the keeper at Central Park Zoo telling how he feeds lions, a Macy's elevator operator calling out floors and merchandise, children singing nursery rhymes, taxi drivers gabbing about their fares, musicians, politicians, and everyone in between, all without ever leaving his postal district.
Wednesday, August 01, 2007
In this selection from a February 18, 1950 WNYC broadcast, trumpet player Miles Davis and tenor saxophonist Stan Getz perform "Conception" live from the famous Birdland nightclub. Davis' arrangement for this number would later appear on his seminal "Birth of the Cool" album under the title "Deception," a nod to the song's composer George Shearing who recorded it a year earlier.
Tuesday, May 01, 2007
A major influence on the musicians of his day, tenor saxophonist Lester Young is remembered as much for his music as for his eccentricities, playing his horn at an awkward 45 degree angle, inventing his own personal slang and inspiring much of the hipster ethos that has come to be associated with jazz.
Sunday, April 01, 2007
In 1957, Iraq's King Faisal II asked venerable American architect Frank Lloyd Wright to design an opera house for downtown Bagdhad. Not satisfied with the small plot assigned to him, Wright lobbied to build on an undeveloped island in the Tigris instead. He dubbed it "The Isle of Edena," and greatly expanded the commission to include museums and bazaars, a landscaped park with monuments and waterfalls, a botanical garden and zoo, and a new campus for Baghdad University.
Thursday, March 01, 2007
At the start of his career, Bob Dylan often took creative liberties with his biography, telling reporters and friends that he'd been a hobo, an orphan, a hitchhiker and a railroad worker before arriving in New York City. He said he was a descendant of the Sioux Nation and that he turned tricks in Times Square to make ends meet. He also claimed to have lived everywhere from California to South Dakota, and swore that "Dylan" was a family name. None of which was true.
Friday, December 01, 2006
During his freshman year at Antioch College, Rod Serling worked as an unpaid intern at WNYC. Although his newsroom and script-writing duties kept him mostly off the air, Serling's unmistakable voice can be heard in the station's public service series Toward Return to Society, produced in cooperation with the New York City Department of Correction.
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
To generate interest in a series of talent shows benefiting the 1957 March of Dimes, Eleanor Roosevelt tried her hand as an amateur disc jockey on WNYC. "I think I'm beginning to get the feeling of my new career," the former First Lady remarked. "Just sitting down, saying nothing and spinning records is extremely peaceful for a change. Is this all I have to do?"
Sunday, October 01, 2006
From 1940-1941, folksinger and former ward of Angola State Penitentiary Huddie "Leadbelly" Ledbetter hosted a weekly radio show on WNYC. "Folksongs of America" featured regular appearances by Leadbelly's good friend Woody Guthrie, who had lobbied station management to put the "King of the 12-string" on the air.