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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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Songs the People Sing : George Gershwin

Monday, February 17, 1941

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Incomplete.

Program 28

Starts abruptly.

Sigmund Spaeth, host. Music of George Gershwin.


Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection


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America Tells its Stories : Folk Music of the West

Sunday, February 16, 1941

The actual date of this episode is 1941-02-15. For technical reasons, it shows up incorrectly above.

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Tony Kraber sings cowboy songs and traditional songs of the West.

Way ...

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America in Symphony

Sunday, February 16, 1941

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Program 21

Sigmund Spaeth is a music critic, author and president of the National Association of American Composers and Conductors. He announces "A Persian Fable" by Elliot Griffis. ...

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American Heritage

Sunday, February 16, 1941

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Incomplete. Begins abruptly.

Program 20.

Music from around the world: Russian, Argentinian, Brazilian, and Finnish folk music.


Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives ...

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Brooklyn Museum Concert

Sunday, February 16, 1941

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Program 22
Incomplete. Sides 3 and 6 only.

Begins abruptly with "Dance of the Frogs" followed by Lamar Stringfield's third movement from his "Blue Ridge Suites," ...

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Music of the Caribbean

Saturday, February 15, 1941

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Program 17.

Features musicians from Haiti and Trinidad singing traditional folk songs.

The Duke of Iron and his Trinidad Calypso Troubadours.

Out ...

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America In Swingtime

Saturday, February 15, 1941

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Because of jazz commentator Ralph ...

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Stuyvesant String Quartet

Friday, February 14, 1941

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Program 31
Incomplete.

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Music for the Dance

Friday, February 14, 1941

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Begins abruptly.
Performed by the WNYC Concert Orchestra under the direction of Macklin Marrow.

"Danny Dither," a child's ballet about the hustle of the City in the ...

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America in Swingtime : Hot Jazz

Friday, February 14, 1941

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Incomplete

Jazz in the Dixieland and Chicago traditions

Ralph Burton hosting the America in Swingtime program of the 2nd Annual American Music Festival. Introduces Hot ...

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American Strings

Friday, February 14, 1941

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Program 11

Conclusion of Three Preludes by Frederic Jacobi played by Yudi Shaprio and Irene Jacobi. The two then play "Waltz" by Alan Shulman. This is followed by ...

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America Tells Its Stories : Ann Graham and Lead Belly

Friday, February 14, 1941

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Program 35.
Huddie Ledbetter ...

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America in Symphony : Music for the Dance

Friday, February 14, 1941

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The WNYC Concert Orchestra directed by Macklin Marrow perform music written for dance:

Cassanova suite, by Deems Taylor
3 dances from La Guiavlesse, by W i l ...

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American Strings : Chamber Music

Friday, February 14, 1941

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Program 2

Opens with brief news bulletin regarding Adolph Hitler's reception of Yugoslav Premier Cvetkovic and Foreign Minister Cincar-Marcovic in the presence of German Foreign Minister Joachim von ...

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America Tells Its Stories: The American Square Dance Group

Thursday, February 13, 1941

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Program 5
Songs from New England and the Deep South.

Hosted by Boris Yuck (?) members of the American Square Dance Group bring listeners songs people like ...

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American Ballad Singers

Wednesday, February 12, 1941

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2nd Annual WNYC American Music Festival

Begins abruptly with musical performance. WNYC’s Joe Fishler announces Elie Siegmeister’s work, Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight sung by the American Ballad ...

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Leadbelly, Sam Price, and Albert Ammons in Studio

Wednesday, February 12, 1941

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Ralph Berton hosts a music program featuring songs by Leadbelly.

At head, Leadbelly has just finished singing "Grey Goose." Berton explains the importance of work songs to laborers ...

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The People's Platform : Housing and the National Defense Program

Saturday, January 25, 1941

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Panel discussion on the topic of public housing development and regulation: thousands of workers are looking for homes in towns humming with defense activity. Who should provide houses - government or ...

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Skating Rink Dedication, New York Building

Sunday, January 12, 1941

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Skating rink dedication. The dedication of the NYC building at Flushing Meadow Park at the former exhibit hall for the 1939-1949 World's Fair. The building is being dedicated as a combination ...

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The Big Blow

Sunday, December 15, 1940

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The story follows to Nebraskans, Wade and Aunt Jane, as they arrive at their new home in Florida. Wade and Jane swapped the land sight unseen, and feel cheated by what ...

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