Streams

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.

This web resource has been made possible in part by the
National Endowment for the Humanities:
Exploring the Human Endeavor

Any views, findings, conclusions, recommendations expressed in this web resource do not necessarily reflect those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Recently in Municipal Archives

Radio Broadcasting

Wednesday, January 13, 1965

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

Panel discussion regarding broadcasting in the United States and internationally. Panel includes Jack White, President of National Educational Television (NET); Jim Larkin, ABC International; Russ Turnabin, NBC; and Howard Kainez, CBS.


Comment

Documentary 1050 : You, Robert Wagner

Friday, January 01, 1965

The exact date of this episode is unknown. We've filled in the date above with a placeholder. What we actually have on record is: 1965-uu-uu.

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

From card catalog: Documentary 1050, "You, ...

Comment

William Redfield, Han Suyin, and Marquis Childs

Friday, January 01, 1965

The exact date of this episode is unknown. We've filled in the date above with a placeholder. What we actually have on record is: 1965-uu-uu.

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

The program opens with Maurice Dolbier's ...

Comments [1]

Abba Eban

Wednesday, December 23, 1964

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

From card catalog: Deputy Prime Minister H.E. Abba Eban talks about the need for a strong United Nations and discusses Israel's commitment to the principles of the UN. He discusses the ...

Comment

Reception for Nobel Prize recipient Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Thursday, December 17, 1964

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

Hubert Humphrey speaks. Grateful that Dr. King returned safely, "can think of no one that has done more to give true meaning to that precious word called 'peace.'"

Comment

Community Salute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Thursday, December 17, 1964

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

Master of ceremonies William Rowe introduces singer David Dunson to entertain the audience before the ceremony begins. Dunson is followed by a performance by the LaRocque Bey Dancers and drummers from ...

Comment

City Hall Event for MLK's Nobel Prize

Thursday, December 17, 1964

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

Announcer introduces program, at City Hall Dept of Sanitation Band performs and another announcer describes the room and schedule.


National Anthem. Monsignor Gregor L. Mooney delivers invocation.


Richard C. Patterson, ...

Comment

Kojo Botsio

Wednesday, December 09, 1964

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

From card catalog: Foreign Minister Kojo Botsyo [sic] of Ghana talks about his country's viewpoint concerning Africa's relationship to the United States, USSR, and Communist China. He also discusses Africa's aims ...

Comment

Thanat Khoman

Wednesday, December 02, 1964

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

From card catalog: Thanat Khoman, Foreign Minister of Thailand, talks about problems of SE Asia: Communism; conflicts in South Vietnam hindering development; role of the western southeast Asia; support of South ...

Comment

Gore Vidal, Louis Auchincloss, David Lilienthal

Monday, November 30, 1964

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

Maurice Dolbier mentions that three visitors from the USSR are in attendance. He then introduces Gore Vidal, author most recently of "Julian," a work of historical fiction written primarily in the ...

Comment

Verrazano Narrows Bridge Dedication

Saturday, November 21, 1964

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

Begins with band playing. Host tries to get the crowd and speakers under control.

Star-Spangled Banner. Cardinal Spellman performs benediction.

Robert Moses, President of the ...

Comments [1]

Geulah Cohen

Wednesday, November 11, 1964

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

November 11, 1964
Geulah Cohen, broadcaster and member of Stern Gang which fought the British when they occupied Palestine. She talks about her sacrifice for the cause of Israeli independence ...

Comment

[Dedication of Carnegie Hall as a national historic landmark]

Friday, November 06, 1964

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

Stewart L. Udall, Secretary of the Interior, speaks at the dedication of Carnegie Hall as a national historic landmark.


Mayor Robert F. Wagner follows with short speech describing how the decision ...

Comment

Wagner Statement on the Democratic Electoral Victory

Wednesday, November 04, 1964

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

Woman heard at open describing the format for conference, radio first, followed by television, 4 minutes each.


Mayor Robert F. Wagner makes a statement on the Democratic victory in the legislature ...

Comment

United Nations Day Concert

Saturday, October 24, 1964

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

19th annual United Nations Day Concert.

Opens with reporter describing the planned events for the broadcast. He describes the composers represented on the broadcast and tells of the ...

Comment

Senator Kenneth B. Keating

Friday, October 23, 1964

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

New York Senator Kenneth B. Keating speaks about his role and views on nuclear war and the number of countries currently capable of engaging in nuclear war.


Keating answers questions ...

Comment

Zenon Rossides

Wednesday, October 21, 1964

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

From card catalog: Zenon Rossides, Ambassador of Cyprus to the UN talks about the Cyprus crisis. Traces its origin to British colonial policy and Turkish intervention. Explains why partition is impossible ...

Comment

Alexandros Matsas and Zenon Rossides

Tuesday, October 20, 1964

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

From card catalog: Ambassador Alexander A. Matsas [sic] of Greece; Ambassador Zenon Rossides, Cyprus.


Question and answer session (presumably the reel containing the speech is missing) Senator Dimitri Bitsios is asked, ...

Comment

17th Congressional District Candidates

Sunday, October 18, 1964

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

Debate between the candidates for the 17th Congressional District. Seymour Siegel moderates the exchange between incumbent John V. Lindsay, Eleanor Clark French, and Kieran O'Doherty.


The first section of the ...

Comment

Edmund Gullion

Wednesday, October 14, 1964

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

From original catalog: Edmund A. Guillion [sic], Ambassador to the Congo, speaks of newspapers and the reporting of foreign news.

McGurn introduces Gullion, who starts with a story ...

Comment