60th Anniversary of the Brooklyn Bridge

Monday, May 24, 1943

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

We hear from the "talking" Brooklyn Bridge who recounts the last 60 years of activities he has seen. Particularly, the bridge reminisces about all the war traffic caused by the Spanish American War, World War I and (currently) World War II.
Dramatized conversation between a married couple, Tom and Marry, attending the opening of the bridge.
Dramatization of conversation between "Officer O'Leary" (complete with 'authentic' Irish accent) and a young Al Smith who believes he will some day be Governor of New York.

John J Cashmore speaks on the 60th anniversary of the bridge, and the union of Brooklyn and Manhattan. Also speaks of a plan to bridge the oceans with man made islands so that planes may fly long distances across the world.

Mayor La Guardia speaks about immigrants to the city and the harmony of NYC. Short segment about new study to be done on the bridge for its future uses.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 8454


John Cashmore and Fiorello H. La Guardia


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About Miscellaneous

Programs ranging from the 1930s to the 1970s covering a variety of cultural and political topics.

From archival broadcasts of sewer plant openings to single surviving episodes of long-defunct series, "Miscellaneous" is a catch-all for the odds and ends transferred as part of the New York Public Radio Archives Department's massive NEH-funded digitization project, launched in 2010.

Buried in this show you will find all sorts of treasures, from the 1937 dedication of the WNYC Greenpoint transmitter to the 1939 lighting of the City Hall Christmas tree and the 1964 reception for Nobel Prize recipient Dr. Martin Luther King Jr

This collection includes some unique “slice-of-life” productions that provide a telling portrait of America from the 1940s through the 1950s, such as public service announcements regarding everything from water conservation to traffic safety and juvenile delinquency and radio dramas such as "The Trouble Makers" and "Hate, Incorporated."



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