WQXR 50th Anniversary Show [Album # 23]

Sunday, September 14, 1986

Host Robert Sherman draws from listener letters, reflections, and comments. He also reviews the programs Just Music, Nights in Latin America, and Cocktail Time with Duncan Purnie who recalls earlier days at WQXR. Sherman talks with Douglas A. MacKinnon, WQXR’s first program director and musical commentator who came to W2XR in December 1935. We hear from Lily Pons and Andre Kostelanetz on Gilbert Hyatt’s literature program on haiku.


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Ken Sanger from White Plains, NY

My father, Elliott M. Sanger, was one of the co-founders of W2XR which became WQXR. I have many memories of the station in its early days. My father took me and my brother out to Long Island City to visit the first transmitter: I think 250 watts, located above a Ford agency. I remember visiting the 50,000 watt transmitter of which my father was so proud. I remember Duncan Purnie, Douglas MacKinnon and Bill Strauss, all familiar voices. I made my own small contribution to the station in the late 1930s by sitting in the control room with a stop watch, timing records. Thanks for the memories.

Ken Sanger

Sep. 23 2016 10:21 AM

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