Civil defense recruiting rally

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

Cowan introduces the program. Lucy Monroe sings the Star Spangled Banner. Cowan narrates as a banner is strung across Broadway (it doesn't seem to be going well).

Whalen introduces Lawrence Wilkerson, then Commissioner Wallander, who appeals for volunteers. Several performers speak briefly.

Mayor Impellitteri enthusiastically appeals for volunteers for civil defense work. Talks about events in Korea. Makes a plea for 1 million volunteers

Grover Whalen tells the Mayor to unfurl the first civil defense flag. As that happens, WNYC announcer Tommy Cowan describes the scene. The flag gets snarled up, and Cowan laughs as it gets corrected, then talks about the Mayor.

Whalen concludes the ceremony and asks a member of the Army band (Private Patrick) to sing "God Save America," then encourages the audience to come inside, sign up for service, and enjoy the exhibits. Unnamed speaker (Mr. Scouris?) talks about the Rivoli Theater, offers it as the location for all volunteer recruitment.

Cowan closes the program.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 71906
Municipal archives id: LT1837