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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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Fantasy Overture [by] Dr. [Alvin] Kranich

Saturday, January 01, 1938

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Alvin Kranich's "Fantasy overture" for orchestra. ...

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Interview with Virginia O'Hanlon Douglas

Thursday, December 23, 1937

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Interview with Virginia O'Hanlon Douglas who talks about the Christmas of 1897 and the letter she wrote to the New York Sun asking whether there is a Santa Claus. She's an ...

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Dedication of WNYC Transmitter Site in Greenpoint

Sunday, October 31, 1937

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"New York City's Own Station, WNYC"

Lots of hiss but improves as program continues.

Tommy Cowan announces the playing of the National Anthem which is ...

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[Dr. Chambers Commentaries]

Tuesday, October 06, 1936

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Two segments narrated by "Dr. Chambers." From Oregon State System of Education; KOAC

Scrambled Homes for Breakfast: On the occasion of a new school year. Sue is a ...

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Theatre Workshop : Paul Revere

Wednesday, January 01, 1930

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Radio drama of the story of ...

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A. Herbert Fedder

Thursday, November 01, 1900

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A. Herbert Fedder, member of the ...

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Vegetable juice cocktail and corn fritters

Monday, October 01, 1900

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Meatless Menus:


Lunch:
Vegetable juice cocktail

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Hot cottage cheese open face sandwich

Monday, October 01, 1900

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Lunch:
Hot cottage cheese open face ...

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Memorial Day Services from Arlington Cemetery

Thursday, May 31, 1900

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Major General Luther Miller, Chief Chaplain ...

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Retarding Tooth Decay

Tuesday, May 01, 1900

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Discussion of the "soft living and ...

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Turning the Corner

Thursday, January 18, 1900

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New York State Department of Health. 1950s. Drama about narcotics. Story about Marty Dentfield who was ...

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In Sickness and In Health

Wednesday, January 03, 1900

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Drama spot: Story of a young ...

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Richard Tucker

Tuesday, January 02, 1900

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Introductions to musical selections (not played) ...

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"My Brother's Children"

Monday, January 01, 1900

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Fictional story about children refugees in ...

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The role of the Committee on Shelters in Civil Defense

Monday, January 01, 1900

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Wallander talks to Bernard J. Gilroy, of the Department of Housing and Buildings, about the Committee ...

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Unidentified World War II BBC News Broadcast

Monday, January 01, 1900

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Unidentified World War II BBC News ...

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Jean Dalrymple

Monday, January 01, 1900

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Jean Dalrymple speaks about her career ...

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Easter Greetings Abroad by Joan Blondell

Monday, January 01, 1900

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Common Council for American Unity presents ...

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Mitch Miller

Monday, January 01, 1900

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Mitch Miller introduces three cuts of ...

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Farm Directors Group

Monday, January 01, 1900

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Farm Broadcasters funds drive for the ...

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