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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 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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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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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 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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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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Music for Young People : Christmas Program

Sunday, December 01, 1940

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: 194u-12-uu.

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

Wednesday, October 02, 1940

40 Wall Street sells for $11,489,000, a big deal in 1940.

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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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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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Short segment of BBC Radio news ...

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