Mayor's Christmas Party

Tuesday, December 23, 1952

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

Mayor's annual party for the city's underprivileged children. Master of Ceremonies, Colonel Edward Rickett, introduces Santa, Deputy Mayor Horowitz, and Mrs. Impellitteri, and the Sanitation Department band performs "Jingle Bells," and the children sing along. Rickett asks Santa about the weather in the North Pole, his trip down to New York, the reindeer. Mrs. Impellitteri speaks to the children. Rudy Halley and his wife say hello to the children.

Col Rickett tells the children how to receive their presents from Santa, and instructs them on how to line up. Unnamed WNYC reporter describes the chaotic scene and Mrs. Impellitteri's dress.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 69637
Municipal archives id: LT528


Rudolph Halley, Rickett. Edward and Sanitation Department Band


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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

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