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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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Mayor Wagner on Blackout

Wednesday, November 10, 1965

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

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

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

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

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

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

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

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

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

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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Theodore Sorensen

Wednesday, October 06, 1965

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

From the card catalog: Theodore C. Sorensen speaks concerning his Kennedy biography and Johnson's policy continuing that of Kennedy.

After a brief humorous intro, Sorensen lists complaints about ...

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Averell Harriman

Wednesday, September 29, 1965

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

From card catalog: W. Averill Harriman [sic] talks about what he saw and heard in Moscow, concerning their views on Soviet- US relations, Sino-Soviet relations, disarmament, Vietnam and other world problems. ...

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Dedication of Pier 36

Friday, September 24, 1965

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

Official opening of Pier 36 on the East River for the Belgian Line. Commissioner of Public Events Richard C. Patterson speaks that this gathering symbolizes the positive relationship between Belgium and ...

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Arthur Goldberg

Wednesday, September 15, 1965

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

Arthur Goldberg, U.S. ambassador to the U.N. speaks about the work of the United Nations and what must be done in the pursuit of world peace.


He begins his speech by ...

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Abraham Beame

Wednesday, September 15, 1965

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

One of a series of Overseas Press Club luncheons devoted to meeting the candidates for all of the city wide offices elections. This luncheon is devoted to the Democratic party slate ...

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William Ryan

Wednesday, September 08, 1965

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

From card catalog: Congressman William Ryan, candidate in Democratic Mayoralty primary, talks about water shortage, finance, air pollution, education, crime, housing, and how he can solve NY problems in this area ...

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Paul O'Dwyer

Tuesday, August 31, 1965

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

One of a series of Overseas Press Club luncheons devoted to meeting the candidates for all of the city wide offices elections. This luncheon is devoted to the Democratic party slate ...

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Adlai Stevenson Memorial at the Illinois Pavilion, World's Fair

Thursday, August 26, 1965

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

Unnamed speaker reads message from the President Johnson is read.


This memorial to Adlai Stevenson also marks the anniversary of Illinois' statehood.


Robert Moses speaks. He recollects the debates surrounding ...

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The Democratic Ticket : Paul Screvane, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Orin Lehman

Wednesday, August 25, 1965

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

Candidates for various offices in the Democratic primary, as part of a series allowing all candidates to speak or be spoken for.


Screvane speaks to the candidacy of all speakers ...

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Seymour Boyer.

Friday, August 06, 1965

29:50

Seymour N. Siegel (interviewer). Speaker: Seymour Boyer (Democratic Councilman at large from Queens)

Mr. Seymour Boyer, "father" of a preservation of landmarks bill speaks of the 1965 budget (the biggest budget till that time). Explains it is a result [of] inflation and having ...

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City Hall reception for Duke Ellington

Monday, August 02, 1965

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

Opens with two musical numbers, followed by a period of silence.


Mr. Bob Darling (?) welcomes the crowd and introduces the event's first speaker.


Dr. Arthur Logan, Chairman of ...

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Funeral Services for Adlai Stevenson

Friday, July 16, 1965

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

[engineer announcing report]


John Chambers of United Press International, describes the scene at Adlai Stevenson's funeral at the Washington Cathedral.


[engineer advises transmission times, followed by tone]


[short segment of ...

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Statement on the death of Adlai E. Stevenson

Wednesday, July 14, 1965

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

Mayor Robert F. Wagner makes statement regarding the death of Adlai E. Stevenson. He calls Stevenson "one of us" in New York City.


Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC ...

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Lyndon B. Johnson press conference

Tuesday, July 13, 1965

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

Vietnam, disarmament conference; civil rights; appointment of Leonard Marx, Thurgood Marshall, etc.

Transcript runs below.

Followed by news reporter's wrap-up. Followed by UPI station identification. ...

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Dr. Bryant Wedge

Friday, July 02, 1965

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

From card catalog: Dr. Bryant Wedge, director of Institute for Study of National Behavior and author of "Visitors to the US and How They See Us," talks about implementing the new ...

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