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A full Christmas production with live orchestra and chorus. Opens with Marine Corps Hymn mixed with Jingle Bells.
Announcer: " On this 1,113th day of American democracy against the foes of Freedom we bring you..."
La Guardia: "Christ the Lord is born!"
Lauritz Melchior sings.
A Christmas program featuring Mayor La Guardia reading from the scriptures, with Lauritz Melchior and Robert Shaw. The Mayor offers his own views on America at war; reads prayer of Archbishop Spellman on return from battlefields of World War II; and wishes from the audience for a Merry Christmas.
Performances of Christmas songs (Lauritz Melchior, of the Metropolitan Opera; the Queens College Chamber Ensemble, directed by Boris Schwartz; the Collegiate Chorale, directed by Robert Shaw). Short sermon delivered by La Guardia. Reads "the Prayer for Children," written by Archbishop Francis J. Spellman.
Concludes with Christmas concert announcement, Little Women announcement, notes about Christmas programming.
Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection
WNYC archives id: 56137 Municipal archives id: LT4075