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Directed by archivist Andy Lanset, the department provides a central repository for thousands of audio recordings, photographs, memorabilia, reports, news items, program guides, institutional records, and promotional materials.

Among its holdings are more than 50,000 recordings in a variety of formats, from early lacquer and acetate discs, to reel-to-reel tapes, to digital audio tapes and compact discs.

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Archives Mixtape: The Junior Journal, 1949

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Lest you feel the NYC Municipal Archives' WNYC Collection is made up of only parades and tree lighting ceremonies, we've decided to start up a new mixtape mini-series of songs culled from the hours of archival audio we catalog.

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WNYC Covers the Celebration of Wiley Post's Record Breaking Flight Around the World in 1933

Friday, January 07, 2011

New York Mayor John P. O'Brien* pinned a gold medal on Wiley Post, 'round-the-world flier' on the steps of City Hall, July 26, 1933. Post's wife Edna Mae is on the right behind the WNYC microphone.

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Mayor La Guardia Urges WNYC Listeners to Support Soviets Fighting Nazis

Saturday, January 01, 2011

Mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia on the steps of City Hall with attorney Allen Wardwell, Chairman of the Greater New York Campaign of Russian War Relief, Inc. launching Russian War Relief Week, June 20, 1942.

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Concert Pianist Nadia Reisenberg at WNYC

Friday, December 31, 2010

Concert pianist Nadia Reisenberg standing in front of the Louis Schanker WPA mural at WNYC, April 25, 1942.*

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A 1950s WNYC Subway Ad by Oppy

Friday, December 24, 2010

A 1950s era New York City subway advertisment for WNYC by Amelia Opdyke Jones, a.k.a. "Oppy". Oppy was the cartoonist  behind a twenty-year run of subway posters and advertisments beginning in 1946.

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A "Pals of the P.A.L." Christmas, 1949

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Throughout the 1940’s WNYC aired a program titled Pals of the P.A.L., a youth-oriented variety show in cooperation with the Police Athletic League (P.A.L.).

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The Story of "Silent Night," c. 1945

Thursday, December 23, 2010

In this 1945 WNYC broadcast, Austrian born Marie Lemmermeyer tells the “one true story of 'Silent Night'.”

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Operation Santa Claus, 1948

Saturday, December 18, 2010

On Christmas Eve 1948, three lucky children flew to Montreal, where they met Santa Claus and escorted him back to New York to deliver presents to the City's children.

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Malcolm X on WNYC

Friday, December 17, 2010

Malcolm X in front of the Teresa Hotel in Harlem when he was still a spokesperson for the Nation of Islam.

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Madison Square Christmas Tree Lighting, 1942

Sunday, December 12, 2010

In December 1942, just three years after the tree lighting spectacular at City Hall when one of Mayor La Guardia's children flipped a switch and instantly lit up 22 trees throughout the boroughs, strict wartime dimout regulations dictated how people in New York, New Jersey and Delaware celebrated the holiday season.

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Radio Fad: Collecting Verified Reception Stamps

Friday, December 10, 2010

Hobby Helps Determine Signal Reach
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Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

In 1897, an 8-year-old girl from the Upper West Side wrote to the New York Sun asking if Santa was real, and the response, heard here, became "the most reprinted newspaper editorial."
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Jules Feiffer Celebrates WNYC

Friday, December 03, 2010

Cartoonist Graces Cover of Program Guide

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City Hall Christmas Tree Lighting, 1939

Thursday, December 02, 2010

On the occasion of the annual lighting of the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center, we present to you the first of two vintage radio broadcasts we've found in the archives of similar ceremonies in the city.

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Music History On the Air in 1936

Friday, November 26, 2010

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Brooklyn College Sponsors Music Series

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What keeps audio archivists up at night?

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

WNYC

Senior Archivist Marcos Sueiro Bal recently attended the annual conference of IASA, the International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives, in Philadelphia. He reports on some of the highlight presentations (besides being enveloped by the sounds of the world’s largest pipe organ).

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A Rare WPA-Era WNYC Poster!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Innovative Graphic Circa 1940

 

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Eisenhower Salutes!

Friday, November 19, 2010

WNYC's block-by-block coverage of General Eisenhower's triumphant return to the US in 1945.

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Once Upon a Time Press Badges Were Buttons

Friday, November 12, 2010

Credentials in a Simpler Time

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The Whimsy of Artist Leo Garel Fills the WNYC Masterwork Bulletin.

Friday, November 05, 2010

Check Out the Slide Show!

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