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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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Vladeck City Houses Dedication

Wednesday, November 22, 1939

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

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

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

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

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

Carnegie Hall Concert - American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). A "Carnegie Hall Minstrel Show". 16"' Sides 1-9 are missing. Presented here are the concluding sides 10 and 11. ...

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Dedication of WNYC Studio Murals

Wednesday, August 02, 1939

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

(LT850) From the Municipal Building studios. Dedication of the final stages of "a project to modernize and streamline your city station": the presentation of sculptures and murals by the Federal Arts ...

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Hearing for Tom Mooney

Saturday, January 07, 1939

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

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

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

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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Election Day Returns : [Herbert Lehman's victory over Thomas E. Dewey for Governor]

Tuesday, November 08, 1938

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

Live coverage of Election Night right after the polls closed. Microphones installed by remote control at police headquarters, with Tommy Cowan and Herbert Stone; microphone at Times Square, with Ted Cott; ...

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The Bookman : [Interview with Marvin Lowenthal]

Wednesday, August 24, 1938

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

The Bookman, Frank N. Trager, interviews author Marvin Lowenthal about how he became a writer, his work, Paris, his idea for a novel about a "Turk from Turkey," and his collection ...

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[Excerpt of report on Philadelphia earthquake].

Tuesday, August 23, 1938

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

News report on Philadelphia earthquake.


Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection


WNYC archives id: 73405

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The Constitutional Convention and the People of New York

Tuesday, August 23, 1938

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

The Mayor speaks on the occasion of a convention in Albany for the purpose of revising the state constitution.

"I now respectfully beg of the convention, and most ...

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Report of Shooting at Police Memorial Services

Sunday, August 14, 1938

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

WNYC's Chief Announcer Tommy Cowan on the scene at Central Park reports on shooting there just a short time earlier. The event was a Police Memorial Service. He assures the audience ...

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What Kind of Jury System Do We Want? - La Guardia

Wednesday, May 11, 1938

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

Mayor La Guardia speaks in a series of addresses arranged by Archibald R. Watson, County Clerk, on the importance of the jury system.

Some method must exist to ...

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Importance of Jury System : Wickersham

Wednesday, May 04, 1938

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

Cornelius W. Wickersham, discusses the importance of the jury system. Particularly he discusses the particular features of trial by jury. He notes particular constitutional provisions for trial by jury.
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Importance of Jury System : Dewey

Wednesday, April 20, 1938

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

District Attorney Thomas E. Dewey discusses the importance of the jury system in trial cases. Emphasis is placed on the then-new inclusion of women on juries.

Part of ...

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Dedication of Retransmission Time Signals for Naval Observatory, Station NAA

Sunday, April 10, 1938

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

WNYC's inauguration of the retransmission of radio signals from the Naval Observatory in Arlington, VA.

Reporter explains (verbosely) the benefits of doing so.

Admiral Clark ...

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Propaganda and Democracy

Sunday, March 27, 1938

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

Informal discussion of propaganda, dictatorships and democracies.

Panelists: Robert Spears; Ferdinand Lundberg, Journalist; Clyde Beales, Journalist; Claude Robinson, American Institute for Public Opinion; Clyde Miller, Moderator. Discussion of ...

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NYC Council Hearing on a resolution to investigate WNYC

Tuesday, March 08, 1938

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

Councilman Keegan: During last week's discussion, some inferences were drawn and I would like to correct one about Mr. Morris S. Novik, the director of the station. I know him and ...

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WPA and the Arts

Sunday, March 06, 1938

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

Re-enactment of the proposal, on January 5, 1938, to create a federal bureau of the arts based on the WPA.

Six panelists (3 for and 3 against) discuss ...

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Governor La Follette Speech : Problems Facing Us Today

Monday, February 28, 1938

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

Introduction of Governor La Follette. La Folette speaks on the problems facing the United States today. Speaks of the threat of war facing Americans. Need to maintain a prosperous society.

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Sign Off Ax

Saturday, February 26, 1938

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

Short sign-off by Anthony Marvin and Star-Spangled Banner precede WNYC station ID.


Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection


WNYC archives id: 69189
Municipal archives id: LT387

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