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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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September 6, 1942

Sunday, September 06, 1942

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WNYC archives id: 71748

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Labor Day Ceremonies in Central Park

Sunday, September 06, 1942

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Connee Boswell sings "This Is Worth Fighting For."

Unnamed speaker (likely Sidney Hillman) speaks about the realities of war and the strength of the nation and labor forces ...

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Hello New York : All Soldier Broadcast for WNYC

Friday, August 28, 1942

Area boys learn their pistols and machine guns

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July 26, 1942

Sunday, July 26, 1942

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WNYC archives id: 72875

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July 12, 1942

Sunday, July 12, 1942

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WNYC archives id: 72867

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July 5, 1942

Sunday, July 05, 1942

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WNYC archives id: 72857

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June 28, 1942

Sunday, June 28, 1942

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WNYC archives id: 72800

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June 21, 1942

Sunday, June 21, 1942

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WNYC archives id: 72789

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June 14, 1942

Sunday, June 14, 1942

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WNYC archives id: 72786

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June 7, 1942

Sunday, June 07, 1942

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Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection


WNYC archives id: 72785

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May 24, 1942

Sunday, May 24, 1942

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WNYC archives id: 71713

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May 17, 1942

Sunday, May 17, 1942

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From Municipal Archives catalog: Dimming of NYC lights, police raids on pin ball machines, helmets for police and air raid wardens.


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May 10, 1942

Sunday, May 10, 1942

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WNYC archives id: 71640

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April 19, 1942

Sunday, April 19, 1942

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Civil defense; I Am An American Day parade (New York at War); aluminum plant in New York; trade registration.


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La Guardia address to members of NYA Orchestra

Sunday, April 05, 1942

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Mayor La Guardia addresses the National Youth Administration Orchestra upon their last performance. He calls the decision to discontinue the Orchestra a mistake. He calls the National Youth program the best ...

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February 8, 1942

Sunday, February 08, 1942

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Civilian Defense preparations; Formation of NYC guard patrol. Final C.D. announcement repeated in Italian, German.

Announcements: Police Commissioner Valentine's Messenger Corps in the Air Raid Warden service. Boys ...

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[French Resistance Fighter]

Sunday, February 01, 1942

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Begins in the middle of a dramatization of a French resistance fighter who finds love while hiding out.

Nadine Connor performs.


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[Jean Sablon, Morton Gould, Elisabeth Bergner]

Sunday, January 18, 1942

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Begins with war news report: the Japanese blitz on Singapore has begun, Russians fought against Nazi forces outside Moscow.

Clifton Fadiman hosts the night's program, dedicated to those ...

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Shake Hands With Your Air Raid Warden

Sunday, January 04, 1942

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Begins with a war news report: Chinese high command announce 30,000 Japanese were killed. Japanese reign of terror against white residents of Manila. Navy denies Japanese claims that destroyers, submarines and ...

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France Under Hitler

Thursday, January 01, 1942

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Story of France during the occupation. ...

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