On July 8, 1924, at 9:00 p.m., WNYC aired its first official broadcast. The radio station has been on the air ever since, making it one of the oldest radio stations in New York City. Today, WNYC offers this fascinating collection of archived broadcasts, allowing visitors to listen to broadcasts originally aired throughout the station's 93-year history. For instance, visitors can listen to Eleanor Fischer's report on The Freedom Summer of 1964; hear a 1939 dedication ceremony for a collection of murals funded by the Works Progress Administration (WPA); and enjoy Leonard Bernstein's first ever New York Symphony concert, recorded on October 8, 1945. Each archived radio clip is accompanied by a thoughtful short essay and additional archival material of interest, including photographs and documents. In addition to an impressive collection of radio broadcasts, the archives also include a few short essays about the station's history: for example, one essay displays a number of microphones used throughout WNYC's history.
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