Streams

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

Contributors:

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

Tags:

More in:

News, weather, Radiolab, Brian Lehrer and more.
Get the best of WNYC in your inbox, every morning.

Leave a Comment

Register for your own account so you can vote on comments, save your favorites, and more. Learn more.
Please stay on topic, be civil, and be brief.
Email addresses are never displayed, but they are required to confirm your comments. Names are displayed with all comments. We reserve the right to edit any comments posted on this site. Please read the Comment Guidelines before posting. By leaving a comment, you agree to New York Public Radio's Privacy Policy and Terms Of Use.

Sponsored

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."

 

Feeds

Supported by