Dedication of Idlewild Airport : New York City's Golden Jubilee

Saturday, July 31, 1948

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


Howard S. Cullman, Thomas E. Dewey, John Melton, William O'Dwyer, Harry S. Truman and Grover A. Whalen


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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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