WQXR 50th Anniversary Show [Album # 16]

Sunday, July 27, 1986

WQXR was founded by John Hogan. In the late 1920s, he launched a radio station originally called W2XR: the '2' meant that the station was non-commercial and the 'XR' stood for 'Experimmental Radio.'  WQXR was founded by John Hogan. In the late 1920s, he launched a radio station originally called W2XR: the '2' meant that the station was non-commercial and the 'XR' stood for 'Experimental Radio.' (“Rebel in Radio: The Story of WQXR by Elliott Sanger.”)

Host Bob Sherman plays clips from WQXR's Mailbag over the years. The earliest clip is from 1937. Clips include:

1. A reader recounts his experience listening to Beethoven's Eroica (3rd Symphony) on WQXR while in the Navy.
2. WQXR founder John Hogan testing music and voice levels on WQXR not long after the call letters shifted from the experiment designation: W2XR
3. A birthday salute to soprano Lotte Lehmann from Bruno Walter in 1963.


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