From the unique, to the strange, but very true.
  1. NY Radio Fans Praise Dog's Singing (1926)
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    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)
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  3. The day they "dropped" an A-bomb on The Bronx. (1952)
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    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)
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  5. Bob Dylan plays his first NY concert at Carnegie Hall. (1961)
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  6. WNYC launches "Small Things Considered" (1984)
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    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)
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    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)
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    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)
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  10. Mayor La Guardia reads the comics over WNYC. (1945)
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    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)
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    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)
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  14. Orson Welles reads official World's Fair poem (1939)
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    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)
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    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.