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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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Music for Young People : Christmas Program

Sunday, December 01, 1940

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Christmas songs and stories:
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Election Day Returns : [Roosevelt's Victory over Wendell Willkie for President]

Tuesday, November 05, 1940

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Seymour Siegel explains how the night's coverage will go. Joe Fishler, at the Police Headquarters, comments further on anonymous voting and the setup at Police Headquarters. Hotel Biltmore, headquarters of Democratic ...

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Awards Ceremony

Wednesday, October 02, 1940

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Awards ceremony. The unidentified host gives three awards:

1. for coverage of the war zone in Europe: Leland Stowe, Chicago Daily News for his reporting on the fifth ...

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Newscast, 1940-10-02 : Seymour Siegel Reads the News

Wednesday, October 02, 1940

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Stories:

1. British bombing of German coastal bases and enemy invasion ports over night, perhaps the heaviest attacks there: German merchant vessel ships, power stations, railroad communications, freight ...

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New York's Finest

Wednesday, September 25, 1940

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Announcement for the performance "Around the Clock with New York's Finest."

Date of broadcast based on New York Times article about the opening night performance.


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Three Soldiers

Sunday, June 02, 1940

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Radio dramatization of book by John Dos Passos. Radio adaptation by Edward M. Goldberger (d. 2004). Directed by Mitchell Grayson. With David Eaton as Andrews, Charles Trayner as Chrisfield, and Ralph ...

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Knickerbocker's History of New York--The Peter Stuyvesant Story

Sunday, May 12, 1940

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Life and Works was a series produced with the NYPL. Life: Washington Irving. Work: Knickerbocker's History of New York. Begins "Peter Stuyvesant was the last governor of New York City. After ...

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A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

Sunday, April 14, 1940

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Story is introduced not as history, but as a tale. Keep young and you will enjoy it. The story begins in the present day (1940) Bridgeport, CT with Hank and Laura ...

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Milk Prices, ins and outs

Sunday, January 14, 1940

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Ins and outs only for a rebroadcast of a talk by Mayor La Guradia regarding the problem of milk prices. La Guardia's talk, broadcast 1940-01-13 is missing.


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BBC Radio news reel

Tuesday, January 02, 1940

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[Wartime news reports]

Monday, January 01, 1940

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Wartime wire news.


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Disabled American Veterans' Foundation : Bull Session

Monday, January 01, 1940

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Zachary Scott introduces a program featuring ...

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[The great gray battle wagons]

Monday, January 01, 1940

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Partial news report regarding the state ...

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The Infantry

Monday, January 01, 1940

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Portion of the song "The Infantry"


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Times Square at the Theater Hour : Cornelia Otis Skinner

Monday, January 01, 1940

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[Excerpt: Beethoven piano sonata no. 23 in F minor, "Appassionata"]

Monday, January 01, 1940

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No performers identified.


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Disabled American Veterans' Foundation : Riot Squad

Monday, January 01, 1940

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Henry Fonda performs the true story ...

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New York City Voluntary Fingerprint File

Monday, January 01, 1940

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Announcement for the New York City ...

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Lighting of the Christmas Tree

Wednesday, December 20, 1939

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Ceremony lighting the Christmas Tree on City Hall steps. Speech by Mayor La Guardia. Sacred Heart Boys Choir and Police Department Glee Club perform.


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Municipal Information Center Opening

Friday, December 15, 1939

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Begins with Mayor La Guardia speaking (in progress) about unemployment and city aid for the unemployed. Asserts that paying for emergency relief will not lead to a deficit that exceeds the ...

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