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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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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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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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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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Fire Works

Saturday, January 01, 1966

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Fire Commissioner Lowery requests the cooperation ...

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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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Jules Feiffer, Alfred Kazin, Arthur Schlesinger

Monday, November 29, 1965

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Maurice Dolbier introduces Village Voice cartoonist Jules Feiffer. Feiffer the discusses comic books from his youth, noting that any character who was a "bork worm" was invariably also a "Mad Scientist ...

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Martin Page

Wednesday, November 24, 1965

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From card catalog: Martin Page, former journalist and English author, speaks about his book "The Day Khrushchev Fell" [sic]. He discusses Soviet politics and social life, and the problems and the ...

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Hallie Burnett and Robin Moore

Wednesday, November 17, 1965

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From card catalog: Hallie Burnett, author of "Watch on the Wall," talks about her book based on background of divided Berlin. Talks about experiences while writing book. Robin Moore talks about ...

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American Jewish Committee Awards Dinner

Wednesday, November 17, 1965

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From card catalog: American Jewish Committee Award dinner honoring Robert Wishnik, civic leader and industrialist. Speakers: Mayor-elect John V. Lindsay, Sen. Jacob Javits, R. Wishnick. Topics: RW; work of AJC; anti-semitism ...

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Mayor Wagner on Blackout

Wednesday, November 10, 1965

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Reporter introduces context of the news conference: the mayor will address the press on the blackout. He is wearing a blue suit.


Mayor Wagner recounts in some detail the previous ...

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Lindsay Victory Speech

Wednesday, November 03, 1965

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Opens with announcement from WNYC "Election Central" of Abraham Beame's (unheard) concession speech. Followed by very brief wrap-up at the Americana Hotel Ballroom (the Democratic Party Election Headquarters).


Report from Jay ...

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William F. Buckley

Wednesday, October 20, 1965

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From card catalog: William Buckley, Conservative party candidate for Mayor of NYC, talks about the campaign. Talks issues and about remarks against him by Rep. Lindsay and Senator Javitts [sic]. Questions ...

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Richard J. Whalen, Sammy Davis Jr., and Theodore Sorensen

Monday, October 18, 1965

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Richard J Whalen discusses civic duty and a sense of history in New York. He discusses all the rapid changes taking place in the city. Progress means that old things are ...

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Eisenhower Press Conference

Wednesday, October 13, 1965

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Begins abruptly.

Eisenhower speaks about books he has written, but does not call himself a writer. He says he is ready to answer questions about his book or ...

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