WQXR, the nation's first commercial classical radio station, celebrates its 75th birthday this fall with articles, videos and reminiscences.

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Hugo Fiorato, Founder of WQXR String Quartet, Dies at 97

Monday, April 30, 2012

The conductor and violinist Hugo Fiorato, a founding member of the WQXR String Quartet and a fixture with the New York City Ballet, died April 23 at the age of 97.

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An (Almost) New Year’s Eve Party for WQXR’s 75th

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

This final McGraw-Hill Companies Young Artists Showcase of 2011 celebrates WQXR’s 75th anniversary by featuring some former artists: Alec Templeton, Leopold Stokowski and a special April Fools’ Day visit with Abram Chasins and actor Sir Peter Ustinov, who also plays the part of such "international colleagues" as unknown new music expert Herr Professor Dr. Doctor Hoempler Ziegler, and the obscure scholar Sir Banbury Cross, author of two pseudo-books: The Elgar I Knew and The Elgar Who Knew Me.

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WQXR's Great Voices

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

In celebration of our 75th anniversary, we’ve culled our archive of interviews and shows for some of the most recognizable voices from the station’s past.

WQXR's Great Voices

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

In celebration of our 75th anniversary, we’ve culled our archive of interviews and shows for some of the most recognizable voices from the station’s past.

WQXR's Great Voices

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

In celebration of our 75th anniversary, we’ve culled our archive of interviews and shows for some of the most recognizable voices from the station’s past.

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1956: Neil Sedaka Plays Debussy and Prokofiev at WQXR

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

In 1956, a 16-year-old Neil Sedaka was one of 15 young people selected to appear on WQXR's educational program "Musical Talent in Our Schools." Listen to his remarkable performance.

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WQXR's Great Voices

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

In celebration of our 75th anniversary, we’ve culled our archive of interviews and shows for some of the most recognizable voices from the station’s past.

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1992: Beverly Sills on The Vocal Scene

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

In 1992, soprano Beverly Sills was a guest on The Vocal Scene, a show hosted by George Jellinek that ran on WQXR for 36 years. Listen to the full show and watch our panel's response.

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WQXR's Great Voices

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

In celebration of our 75th anniversary, we’ve culled our archive of interviews and shows for some of the most recognizable voices from the station’s past.

1948: WQXR's Halloween Nightmare

Friday, October 28, 2011

In a 1948 Halloween broadcast, a "recurrent nightmare" is played out in full: What would WQXR be like if it were part of a "big, great, wonderful network," broadcasting from "WQXR City?"

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WQXR's Great Voices

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

In celebration of our 75th anniversary, we’ve culled our archive of interviews and shows for some of the most recognizable voices from the station’s past.

Tales of an Overnight Classical Deejay

Monday, October 24, 2011

WQXR's Nimet Habachy reveals how she faked an accent, lied about the weather, entertained cabbies -- and became a fixture on WQXR's overnight shift for the better part of three decades.

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1949: Stravinsky Visits WQXR with 'Orpheus'

Monday, October 24, 2011

WQXR has seen a lot of notable figures walk through its doors. In 1949, Igor Stravinsky stopped by to give an "aural program note" for his then-newly-composed ballet, Orpheus.

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WQXR's Great Voices

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

In celebration of our 75th anniversary, we’ve culled our archive of interviews and shows for some of the most recognizable voices from the station’s past.

1951: An Historic Vladimir Horowitz Recital, Packed With Encores

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

In 1951, WQXR gave the first-ever radio broadcast of a Carnegie Hall recital by the piano giant Vladimir Horowitz. Listen to it here.

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WQXR's Great Voices

Friday, October 07, 2011

In celebration of our 75th anniversary, we’ve culled our archive of interviews and shows for some of the most recognizable voices from the station’s past.

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Back in the Day: Artifacts through the Ages

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Did you know that WQXR used to have its own, in-house string quartet? Take a stroll through the WQXR audio and visual archives which has been digitally preserved. 

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1958: A Conversation with Van Cliburn

Friday, September 23, 2011

On May 26, 1958, WQXR program director Abram Chasins interviewed the Texan pianist Van Cliburn, just a few weeks after he won the first International Tchaikovsky Competition.

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Video: Jazz Trio Performs at WQXR in 1943

Friday, September 23, 2011

Decades before MTV, the Leonard Ware Trio came to the WQXR studios to record a song for a March 1943 edition of The March of Time newsreel.

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Tell Your WQXR Story

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Help us celebrate 75 years as New York’s classical station by sharing your WQXR stories. Do you have a favorite host memory? Was there a favorite recording that you first heard on the station? Please tell us about it.

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