Cavalcade of WNYC

Thursday, July 08, 1948

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

A review of WNYC's first 24 years (1924-1948). Item contains re-enactments and actualities from the old WNYC collection, including Grover Whalen's speech upon WNYC's inaugural broadcast, a performance of the Police Department Glee Club. Narrators describe how the first WNYC transmitter was brought to New York from South America. The note that WNYC hosted the first radio quiz show, and the longest running symphonic program, The Masterwork Hour.

Dedication of the Greenpoint transmitter, features speeches by Commissioner Crackey and Mayor La Guardia.

Coverage of the 1939 World's Fair, followed by coverage of the out break of World War II, and the attack of Pearl Harbor. In 1941 WNYC was devoting 46% of all programming time to war programs. Mayor La Guardia reading the comics during the newspaper deliveryman's strike. Talk to the People won the Peabody Award for broadcasting this year.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 5766


Al Jolson, Fiorello H. La Guardia and Franklin D. Roosevelt


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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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