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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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Police Department Deeds of Valor Ceremony

Monday, January 01, 1900

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Ceremony for Police Officers who performed ...

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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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Brooklyn Board of Education Awards

Monday, January 01, 1900

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Presentation of awards to winners of ...

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Harris J. Klein

Monday, January 01, 1900

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Marvin Sleeper hosts.


Klein, a transportation attorney and member of the NYC transit authority, answers questions ...

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George Foster Peabody... Peabody Awards.

Monday, January 01, 1900

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Don Gilles : Spot Announcements

Monday, January 01, 1900

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Four takes of radio promotion for ...

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The Youngest Nation

Monday, January 01, 1900

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Hadassah extends its hand to the ...

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Eyes on the Sky Number 3

Monday, January 01, 1900

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Opens with song that proclaims "Vigilance ...

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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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Lt. General Clarence R. Huebner

Monday, January 01, 1900

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Jay Nelson Tuck moderates.


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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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Jacob K. Javits

Monday, January 01, 1900

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Gabe Pressman hosts. Rep. Jacob K. Javits, candidate for Attorney General for the Republican state ticket ...

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Leave of Absense

Monday, January 01, 1900

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Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of ...

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Renaissance

Monday, January 01, 1900

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Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of ...

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Tommy

Monday, January 01, 1900

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The story of Tommy, the "boy ...

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Peter Jacobson

Monday, January 01, 1900

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Peter Jacobson, of the newly formed ...

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Water Conservation

Monday, January 01, 1900

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Very short spot encouraging water conservation.


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Announcement of Adlai Stevenson's death

Monday, January 01, 1900

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Opens with not for air radio chatter announcing different actualities.

actuality: Senator Everett ...

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[Triangle of Rhythm, Anti-Discrimination Law, Peterson Sisters, Laura Bowman]

Monday, January 01, 1900

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Undated program featuring music by Triangle ...

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Mitch Miller

Monday, January 01, 1900

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Mitch Miller introduces three cuts of ...

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