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WNYC Radio centennial will broadcast tidbits in subway stations throughout city

July 3, 2024 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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CITYWIDE —TRANSIT RIDERS THROUGHOUT THE CITY WILL BE TREATED to announcements by three acclaimed WNYC personalities, starting on the radio station’s centennial on July 8. Public affairs host Brian Lehrer, Morning Edition anchor Michael Hill and On the Media host Brooke Gladstone will play in the L train and over 350 subway stations. For three days, riders can listen to New York and WNYC history. As part of a centennial birthday party on July 8, at 8:54 p.m., the exact time WNYC went on the air in 1924, Lehrer’s special will segue into a radio theater re-imagining of WNYC’s inaugural broadcast, performed live in The Greene Space. While the original audio no longer exists, WNYC’s re-creation is based on archival scripts and press clippings. WNYC was founded as the city’s first municipal radio station in 1924 before becoming an independent, listener-supported media organization in 1997.

The Mayor’s Office will issue a City Proclamation commemorating WNYC’s 100th anniversary at the re-imagined broadcast. It is available on WNYC 93.9 FM, AM 820, with video at www.thegreenespace.org).

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