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Eisenhower Day Ceremonies

General Eisenhower addresses the crowd at City Hall, June 19, 1945.

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

WNYC announcers present live coverage of General Dwight D. Eisenhower's reception in New York City following the declaration of defeat of German forces. Announcers describe all aspects of the day: the wait for the General's plane, the parade bringing Dwight D. Eisenhower down 5th Avenue in front of New York Public Library and his reception at City Hall.
Mayor La Guardia and General Eisenhower both speak at a Giants - Braves baseball game at the Polo Grounds.

Reporters relay in from all over the city, transmission quality varies. Descriptions of waiting crowds. Discussion of weather conditions throughout the broadcast.

In 1945 portable mobile recording was still in its infancy. Audio engineers had to either schlep bulky and heavy disc cutting equipment or, as individual WNYC reporters did during their coverage of the Eisenhower Day Parade, carry a backpack-style battery operated short wave transmitter, complete with an antenna tail (as pictured). The reporter's signal was sent from the field to the WNYC mobile unit, and then to the the WNYC studios in the Municipal Building.

WNYC producer Dick Pack described the old days of the mobile unit in Variety: "The WNYC so-called mobile broadcasting unit was a small battered truck, the kind usually used by neighborhood stores for deliveries. Atop the slightly sloping roof of the truck was a tall antenna pole, and inside was the shortwave relay transmitter." You will notice a change in the transmission quality.


Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection


WNYC archives id: 68817
Municipal archives id: LT174