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Awards Ceremony

Wednesday, October 02, 1940

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

Awards ceremony. The unidentified host gives three awards:

1. for coverage of the war zone in Europe: Leland Stowe, Chicago Daily News for his reporting on the fifth column activities in Norway

2. for coverage of the war in China, which threatens to merge with the rest of the second World War: Hallett Abend, of the New York Times

3. for reporting of the war over the radio: Edward Murrow of CBS. Paul White, of CBS, accepts the award on his behalf and makes a very short speech.

William H. Ingram then comes to the stage and delivers a speech.


Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection


WNYC archives id: 69092
Municipal archives id: LT364

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Comprised of both speeches and question-answer sessions, this news program brings together foreign correspondents and public figures from culture and politics.

The Overseas Press Club (1940-1967) contains voices from the past that help us understand their time and place in history. What sets these talks apart from others like them is the presence of a live audience of foreign correspondents — reporters with international perspectives and questions. The resulting sessions have a distinctly different dynamic than would those with an audience of American journalists of the period.

Speakers include the German writer Günter Grass talking about his fascination with American prize fighters; a fiery young LeRoi Jones (later known as Amiri Baraka) telling his audience "where it’s at with Mr. Charlie"; James Farmer on the civil rights movement and where it should be going; David Halberstam on the trials of covering the war in Vietnam; Josephine Baker on the focus of her later years, her adopted children; and Herman Kahn on being pushed to the nuclear edge.  Other notable speakers include the actor Alec Guinness, Richard Nixon, and a gaggle of early female pilots competing in the air race known as the Angel Derby. 

With presentations ranging from rambunctious and spirited to contentious and political, this collection provides invaluable access to the language and nomenclature of America's burgeoning global culture.

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