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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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The Atom Bomb

Monday, January 01, 1900

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Sides 3 and 4 only.


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Peter Jacobson

Monday, January 01, 1900

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Peter Jacobson, of the newly formed ...

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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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Communications in Civil Defense

Monday, January 01, 1900

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Seymour Siegel, Director of Civil Defense communications for New York City, talks about communication in civil ...

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Unidentified World War II BBC News Broadcast

Monday, January 01, 1900

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[Commerce and New York Harbor]

Monday, January 01, 1900

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Three unnamed men discuss the history ...

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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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N.Y.C. Landmarks Preservation Commission meeting.

Monday, January 01, 1900

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Council Chambers
Landmarks Preservation Commission
Four 7" reels
8/12/66
(T2028 & T2030)

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T2028

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Water Conservation

Monday, January 01, 1900

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Very short spot encouraging water conservation.


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[Instrumental medley, White Christmas, Silent Night]

Monday, January 01, 1900

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Begins abruptly. First half missing.

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Isaac Stern

Monday, January 01, 1900

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Isaac Stern introduces music cuts (not ...

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Canned Music

Monday, January 01, 1900

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Music recorded to tape, either after ...

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George Foster Peabody... Peabody Awards.

Monday, January 01, 1900

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Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection


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[Christmas Special: "Rudolph," "Santa Claus is Coming to Town"]

Monday, January 01, 1900

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Variety show includes performances by children ...

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Interfaith Flag Day

Monday, January 01, 1900

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Interfaith celebration of Flag Day at ...

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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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Youth Incorporated

Monday, January 01, 1900

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Program, rescheduled from Tuesday September 24 ...

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Gaynor Madosc

Monday, January 01, 1900

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Madosc, a food expert and food writer, delivers a commentary, "What starvation in Western Europe means ...

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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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The Talking Piano

Monday, January 01, 1900

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

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