Curiosities From the Wnyc Archives

From the unique, to the strange, but very true.
  1. NY Radio Fans Praise Dog's Singing (1926)
    The Salem, Oregon News reports that a bulldog named Jack sings weekly over WNYC, can carry any tune and gets lots of fan mail.
  2. The Dean of Lexicographers condemns the use of vulgar words. (1929)
  3. The day they "dropped" an A-bomb on The Bronx. (1952)
    A SIMULATED A-bomb was dropped on the Crotona Park section of The Bronx as part of a massive citywide civil defense exercise.
  4. Mayor James J. Walker declares war in gangster on WNYC. (1931)
  5. Bob Dylan plays his first NY concert at Carnegie Hall. (1961)
  6. WNYC launches "Small Things Considered" (1984)
    A live 3-hour daily show designed for kids aged 6-12. It combined contemporary, classical and children's music with bright, informative and creative educational segments.
  7. Radio's first quiz show airs on WNYC (1926)
    The Brooklyn Daily Eagle's Current Events Bee selected kids from city high schools for a competition on their knowledge of the latest news.
  8. Talking Fish Booked on WNYC (1945)
    The Staten Island Advance reported on an unusual guest — a "talking fish" from Barrett Park Zoo made its radio debut on WNYC.
  9. The first episode of "New Sounds with John Schaefer" is broadcast. (1982)
  10. Mayor La Guardia reads the comics over WNYC. (1945)
    The mayor read the funny pages for the city's kids during the 17-day newspaper delivermen's strike.
  11. When Eleanor Roosevelt was a WNYC DJ. (1957)
    To help get the word out on the Mar h of Dimes, the former First Lady turned her talents playing requested Elvis records.
  12. A janitor pulled the plug on WNYV during a blackout drill. (1943)
    It was the custodial crew's job to pull all the switches during civil defense 'blackout' drills.
  13. Kurt Vonnegut was WNYC's Reporter on the Afterlife. (1998)
  14. Orson Welles reads official World's Fair poem (1939)
    Orson Welles read the winner of the Academy of American Poets' World's Fair poetry contest. The prize included $1000 along with the honor.
  15. The Civil Service Talent Hour goes on air (1935)
    18 amateurs perform their specialties for listeners. Among them: Bronx native Lawrence Miller, a laborer at the Dept. of Highways, is a one-man band. He simultaneously plays guitar, bass drum, harmonica, AND kazoo.
  16. WNYC creates the Announcer's Exam (1948)
    Many takers. Few pass; fewer still get jobs. Sharpen a #2 pencil and give it a shot:
  17. Harry Houdini's brother –and keeper of his secrets– was interviewed and revealed… nothing.