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In the New York City Municipal Archives WNYC Sound Collection, we hear the voices of presidents, dignitaries, world leaders, artistic revolutionaries, musical geniuses, luminaries of the literati, and cultural icons. The sounds of a city and a nation are captured through nearly a century of transformations, tribulations, and triumphs. WNYC microphones were present when Admiral Byrd returned from his historic flight over the North Pole in 1926 and when Colonel Charles Lindbergh returned from his solo flight to Paris the following year. Perhaps best known are New York City Mayor F. H. La Guardia's weekly Talk to the People broadcasts over WNYC throughout World War II.

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Americans for Democratic Action Roosevelt Day Dinner

Thursday, January 27, 1966

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Theme of the evening: Human resources in an abundant society."

Begins with room noise and chatter. Mayor Lindsay introduces head table, welcomes guests. Howard J. Samuels, dinner co-chairman, ...

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Seymour Siegel Swearing In

Tuesday, January 25, 1966

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From card catalog: Swearing in of Seymour N. Siegel, director of WNYC, comments on WNYC, Mike Quill, etc.

Siegel and Lindsay perform the swearing in. Each thanks the ...

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David Schoenbrun, Bennett Cerf, and Barbara Tuchman

Sunday, January 16, 1966

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Maurice Dolbier welcomes journalist Janet Flanner, Genet, to the podium to introduce David Schoenbrun, author of the biography "The Three Lives of Charles De Gaulle." Schienbrum pays tribute to the other ...

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Demolition of Ziegfeld Theatre.

Sunday, January 09, 1966

Robert C. Weinberg reports on the demolition of the Ziegfeld Theatre at Ave. of the Americas & W. 53rd St. Reviews the architectural details of the building, designed by Viennese architect Joseph Urban in the art nouveau secession style. Weinberg describes the architecture of the building, and his unsuccessful efforts ...

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Press Conference on Transit Strike

Monday, January 03, 1966

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From card catalog: Review of day; schools open; fare increase. Timothy Costello speaks of the efforts of city government to settle strike.

Mayor Lindsay's just returned from a ...

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Mayor Lindsay : Transit Strike Helicopter Report

Monday, January 03, 1966

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John Lindsay reports on traffic into the city from a helicopter. He passes over the Manhattan as well as the boroughs, reporting on the conditions of traffic throughout. In general the ...

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Transit Strike Press Conference

Monday, January 03, 1966

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Recording opens with room noise before press conference. Reporter describes the states of affairs - the talks to end the strike were unsuccessful, people have been asked to stay home to ...

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Press Conference on Transit Strike

Monday, January 03, 1966

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From card catalog: State of negotiations, appeals to the people of the city.

Mayor Lindsay updates the city, even though there's no update on the transit strike. The ...

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Press Conference on Transit Strike

Sunday, January 02, 1966

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From card catalog: State of city and negotiations. Employees are not to worry about coming to work, schools reopen Tuesday, etc.

Mayor Lindsay gives an update on the ...

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Fire Works

Saturday, January 01, 1966

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Fire Commissioner Lowery requests the cooperation ...

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Statement on Transit Strike

Saturday, January 01, 1966

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Direct appeal to the people of the city and report of negotiations between the Transport Workers Union and the Transit Authority. Emergency plans for maintaining essential city services. Increased police department ...

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Transit Strike Report from City Hall

Saturday, January 01, 1966

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From card catalog: Comments to reporters, progress, regulations for motorists, appeal to employers to use cars only for emergencies.

Begins abruptly with Mayor Lindsay detailing broken negotiations between ...

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Mayor Lindsay Inauguration

Saturday, January 01, 1966

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From card catalog: Bennett Cerf, Ethel Merman (sings National Anthem), remarks by Frank O'Connor, Mario Procaccino and address by Mayor.

Receptions were to be held in all five ...

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Mayor Lindsay : Head Start Spot

Saturday, January 01, 1966

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Mayor John Lindsay appears in a ...

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Government Reorganization

Saturday, January 01, 1966

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Mayor Lindsay speaks about the special ...

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Mayor Lindsay Swearing In

Friday, December 31, 1965

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Lindsay is sworn in by Judge William C. Hecht. Reporter describes the room and event, identifies members of the Lindsay family. Lindsay says the oath of office and addresses the press ...

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Wagner Farewell Address

Tuesday, December 28, 1965

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Reporter describes the scene as roll is called in the background by Paul Screvane.


Wagner talks about his administration's work and the challenges of the new administration.


Audio courtesy ...

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Bill of Rights Day Ceremony

Wednesday, December 15, 1965

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Presentation of awards by Bill of Rights Day Association. Mayor Wagner reads the proclamation.


Awards is given to Wagner (no really, Kennedy). He's not in attendance, and the children are ...

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Linden Forbes Burnham

Wednesday, December 08, 1965

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From card catalog: Lindon Forbes Burnham [sic], Prime Minister of British Guiana [sic], talks about his nation's impending independence. Discusses economic, political, social, cultural and constitutional development of the country. Calls ...

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Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr.

Wednesday, December 01, 1965

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Discussion of "A Thousand Days: John F. Kennedy in the White House" by Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. Panel includes Dr. Ernest Van den Haag, Prof. Henry Graff, and Dorothy Gordon, the ...

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