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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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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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New York City Voluntary Fingerprint File

Monday, January 01, 1940

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[The great gray battle wagons]

Monday, January 01, 1940

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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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[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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The Infantry

Monday, January 01, 1940

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Portion of the song "The Infantry"


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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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Times Square at the Theater Hour : Cornelia Otis Skinner

Monday, January 01, 1940

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[Wartime news reports]

Monday, January 01, 1940

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Wartime wire news.


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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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Vladeck City Houses Dedication

Wednesday, November 22, 1939

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Housing development's namesake (Baruch Charney Vladeck) is honored by his daughter on Thanksgiving Eve, the first day of construction. She reads poems he wrote before his recent death.

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Election Day Returns : [O'Dwyer for District Attorney, Parimutuel betting approved]

Tuesday, November 07, 1939

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smallish election


Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection


WNYC archives id: 69819
Municipal archives id: LT901

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"The Negro in American Music : A Carnegie Hall Minstrel Show"

Monday, October 02, 1939

Louis Armstrong: What is This Thing Called Swing?

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Dedication of WNYC Studio Murals

Wednesday, August 02, 1939

Ceremony for installation of the WNYC Murals.

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Hearing for Tom Mooney

Saturday, January 07, 1939

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Report from California regarding the pardon of Tom Mooney by Judge Olsen after 22 years of imprisonment.

An unnamed reporter describes the opening of the trial and introduces ...

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New York Advances

Sunday, January 01, 1939

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A series of re-enactments summarizing of the activities of the city government during the past year (1938) by the mayor.

Performance of "Old New York." Mayor La Guardia ...

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