Curiosities From the Wnyc Archives
From the unique, to the strange, but very true.
- •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.
- •The Dean of Lexicographers condemns the use of vulgar words. (1929)
- •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. bit.ly/1vtwTZc
- •Mayor James J. Walker declares war in gangster on WNYC. (1931)
- •Bob Dylan plays his first NY concert at Carnegie Hall. (1961)
- •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.
- •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.
- •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.
- •The first episode of "New Sounds with John Schaefer" is broadcast. (1982)
- •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. http://bit.ly/1SY6SZ8
- •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. http://bit.ly/1KkIHRL
- •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.
- •Kurt Vonnegut was WNYC's Reporter on the Afterlife. (1998)
- •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.
- •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.
- •WNYC creates the Announcer's Exam (1948)Many takers. Few pass; fewer still get jobs. Sharpen a #2 pencil and give it a shot: http://bit.ly/1NqeKj8
- •Harry Houdini's brother –and keeper of his secrets– was interviewed and revealed… nothing.