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“Rolf, the mandolin-playing terrier, was regularly featured on Art Nudnick’s Musical Menagerie. The Sunday afternoon variety program was a hit for the better part of 1925.”

Photo ‘discovered’ by the NYPR Archives Dept. on April 1, 2004 and used in the WNYC History Notes e-newsletter. Thanks to former Senior Archivist Cara McCormick.

The premiere of ‘Playing Checkers’ with host Millard Fillmore Hopper, October 1933

Millard Fillmore Hopper (1897-1985) learned how to play checkers at a Greenwich Village recreation center. In time he became champion of the corner-store 'Go-As-You-Please (GAYP) or 'freestyle’ form of competitive checkers, as opposed to the traditional tournament style in which two or three moves are determined in advance. Hopper demonstrated his chops at the 1939 World’s Fair where he set up a booth and played nearly 5,000 games, reportedly losing only three. His program aired on WNYC through July, 1934. (Photo: WNYC Archive Collections)

WNYC covers city welcome to flyers of the Southern Cross.

Mayor James J. Walker (second from left) presents scrolls of welcome and the city’s medal to Major Charles Kingsford Smith (third from left) and the pioneering crew of the Southern Cross, who had just completed the first westbound North Atlantic flight. Evert Van Dyk, co-pilot, (left) Capt. J. P. Saul, navigator,(center) and John Stannage, radio operator (right).

The Southern Cross was a Fokker FVII-3M monoplane. In 1928, Smith and his crew made the first trans-Pacific crossing in the plane. Smith has other aviation records to his credit and is a national hero in Australia. (Photo: Library of Congress)

In October 1985, the syndicated weekday radio show Small Things Considered, due to objections from NPR, changed its name to Kids America.  The show was hosted by Kathy O'Connell and Larry Orfaly and was critically acclaimed, having won a Peabody Award in 1984.  The show was eventually cancelled in 1988 when the Corporation for Public Broadcasting decided to withdraw its funding from the program, which made up half of the program’s budget.