Cavalcade of WNYC

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Station founder Grover A. Whalen and engineers on WNYC's first day of broadcast, July 8th, 1924.

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 NYC Commissioner of Plant and Structures Frederick Kracke 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
Municipal archives id: LT7282