Dedication of Retransmission Time Signals for Naval Observatory, Station NAA

Sunday, April 10, 1938

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

WNYC's inauguration of the retransmission of radio signals from the Naval Observatory in Arlington, VA.

Reporter explains (verbosely) the benefits of doing so.

Admiral Clark H. Woodward, Commandant of the Third Naval District (reporter calls him Clark B. Woodward), speaks on the history of timekeeping technologies, including the establishment of the Prime Meridian and Greenwich Mean Time and time signal transmission.

La Guardia talks about the Naval Observatory's contributions to science.

Captain Jay Frederick Hellweg, Superintendent of the Naval Observatory, inventor of the automatic time service device, talks about his work with timekeeping.

Detailed explanation of the time signal, including the signal itself. Mark of the time, 12 noon, and station ID.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 70043
Municipal archives id: LT941


Julius Frederick Hellweg, Fiorello H. La Guardia and Clark Howell Woodward


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clark johnson from Michigan

Is universal time or reports of time from the Naval Observatory still transmitted by radio, either AM or Short Wave? If so, what is the frequency(ies)?

Thank you. Clark Johnson

Jul. 18 2014 08:53 AM

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