This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.
Speeches in honor of the opening of Idlewild Airport and the Golden Anniversary of New York City.
John Melton of the Metropolitan Opera sings the Lord's Prayer.
Discussion of plans for opening sections of the airport up for use.
President Truman discusses the US Air Force, the United Nations, restoring peace worldwide through communication and knowledge, and rebuilding worldwide economies. Also mentions the availability of newspapers from different countries and the impact of airplane technology (as airplanes fly overhead).
After a close by WNYC announcer, Tommy Cowan talks about aviation in New York City and then introduces Grover Whalen, who talks about WNYC, the consolidation of New York City, the possibility and reality of accidents at the airfield.
Sounds of the air show throughout (could be good for sound effects).
Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection
WNYC archives id: 68675 Municipal archives id: LT73
Grover Whalen's speech about WNYC:
You know what Tommy said about the great station WNYC is quite true. For years, a lot of folks thought that WNYC's voice should be still, but since I was the father of it, I felt that one of the things that was most important in New York that there should be a station that didn't have to follow the dictates of any commercial sponsor in order to use the air for the benefit of the people of this great city. You know few of us have a voice in the affairs of a great country or a great city, but through the Municipal radio station WNYC, I have heard youngsters given an opportunity to show their talents and to demonstrate whether they should have an opportunity to go on in the world of opera, song or drama, as well as the services of the people having an opportunity to tell the people about the health situation, what the Fire Department, Police Department, Sanitation Department and all the service of our city are rendering in our interests, because when you think of this city of 8 million people with 2 million daily visitors, you are thinking and living in terms of a great country.