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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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March 28, 1943

Sunday, March 28, 1943

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Mock attack on New York City and a mock hearing in Albany in one day. Seems like Democrats and Republicans were quarreling. Personally I don't think there's a fight at all. ...

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[Life of Anne Hutchinson]

Friday, March 26, 1943

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Audio play telling the story of Ann Hutchinson (1591 - 1643), was a settler in the Massachusetts colony and a religious dissenter who held Bible study sessions. Story is told from ...

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[Fighting in Tunisia]

Friday, March 26, 1943

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Episode #3.

Report by Elmer Davis, Chief of Office of War Information, describing the week's war news. Chief news this week is the Allied push to throw Rommel's ...

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March 21, 1943

Sunday, March 21, 1943

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Blackmarketing. Ceiling prices on meats. Retail taxes.

Hand-written note: Library has sides 1 and 3 only.



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March 14, 1943

Sunday, March 14, 1943

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WNYC archives id: 71883

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[Updates on Tunisia]

Friday, March 12, 1943

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Episode #1.

The first report by Elmer Davis, Chief of Office of War Information.

German counter-attack in the Southern Ukraine. Russians in the North; costly ...

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Official orders and instructions to auxiliary members of the New York City Fire Department

Friday, March 12, 1943

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The New York City Fire Department's official orders of the day.


On Tuesday night of this week, a meeting at headquarters. It was proposed that certain members of the auxiliary ...

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March 7, 1943

Sunday, March 07, 1943

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WNYC archives id: 71859

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Reception for Madame Chiang Kai-Shek

Monday, March 01, 1943

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Reception for Madame Chiang upon her arrival in New York City. Radio host Tommy Cowan reports on the activities at the reception. Mayor La Guardia's speech only, Madame Chiang not on ...

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February 21, 1943

Sunday, February 21, 1943

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WNYC archives id: 72345

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February 14, 1943

Sunday, February 14, 1943

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WNYC archives id: 72342

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February 7, 1943

Sunday, February 07, 1943

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WNYC archives id: 72341

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January 31, 1943

Sunday, January 31, 1943

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Civil defense, blackout drill instructions, meat supply and marketing in NYC regulations, etc., enlistment in the Waves and Spars, Infantile Paralysis Fund.

Begins with a different version of ...

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January 24, 1943

Sunday, January 24, 1943

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Mayor La Guardia begins with the usual “Patience and Fortitude!”

He provides WNYC listeners with the latest war news including the taking of Tripoli and the end of ...

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January 17, 1943

Sunday, January 17, 1943

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Audio not available. Transcript only.


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WNYC archives id: 71822

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La Guardia Tribute to Nicola Tesla.

Sunday, January 10, 1943

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Mayor La Guardia reads a eulogy to Tesla written by Louis Adamic. This is followed by a solemn chorus and then by WNYC announcers extolling Tesla's virtues. They talk about Tesla ...

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January 10, 1943

Sunday, January 10, 1943

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No audio available. Transcript only.


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WNYC archives id: 71820

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January 3, 1943

Sunday, January 03, 1943

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WNYC archives id: 71817

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[A Summary of Our Enemy's Year]

Sunday, January 03, 1943

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Dramatic reenactments of 1942's "enemy" activity in the European and Pacific theaters of war. The heroism/trauma of people living in Greece, Poland, Scandinavia, the USSR, China, France, Belgium, Holland and Jews ...

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[The Tehran Conference, End of the Year Episode]

Friday, January 01, 1943

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End-of the-year anthology episode of audio ...

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