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WNYC Radio is 100 Years Old Today

By Lori Perkins

It’s hard to think of a radio station celebrating its centennial birthday. But it’s happening today with WNYC, which is the National Public Radio  (NPR) station in New York City.

8:54 p.m. this evening  marks the 100th anniversary of the moment WNYC began broadcasting in New York City.  To celebrate, WNYC is hosting a night of special programming (and fundraising). 

  • Starting at 7 pm, Brian Lehrer will host an on-air birthday party for WNYC. Then, at 8:54 pm—the exact time that WNYC went on the air on July 8, 1924—we will transition into a re-imagining of WNYC’s first-ever radio broadcast live on the air. You can listen to the celebration live on 93.9FM, AM 820, or online at You can also listen via the new WNYC app.

  • At sunset, the Empire State Building will be illuminated in WNYC’s signature red.

  • Beginning today through Wednesday, Brian Lehrer, Brooke Gladstone, and Michael Hill will be voicing announcements on the subway! Hosts will be heard on the L train, and on platforms across the City.

If you feel like commemorating this event with a donation, there is a special 100-year anniversary limited edition tote bag designed by Brooklyn muralist Katie Merz you can have with a $100 gift


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