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As part of a fundraising effort for the March of Dimes, Eleanor Roosevelt reveals her "hidden talent" as a disc jockey. Several New York City teenagers suffering from polio attend the session and make requests for Mrs. Roosevelt to play. Roosevelt discusses the children's conditions and plays popular music, including Elvis Presley, Harry Belafonte and others. Martin Bush is the WNYC announcer with ER.
After the requests, Eleanor Roosevelt talks to the listening audience. She says her sponsor is the warm-hearted American public. The March of Dimes theme this January is "Let's Finish the Job." There are not enough people who have had their complete series of three shots. Means vaccination for everyone under 40 and reducing new cases to a minimum. "I hope this inspires everyone who has been listening to give and give generously to the 1957 March of Dimes."
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Ladies and gentlemen we now have the great privilege of introducing Mrs Franklin D. Roosevelt You may find it difficult to believe but the beloved former first lady of the land is with us today in the role of a disc jockey for the March of Dimes. Mrs Roosevelt we know you're a lady of many talents but won't you tell us why you have agreed to embark on this astonishing new career even if only temporarily systems are being used this jockey is a little unusual for me and perhaps I'm beyond my depth but I'm here today on behalf of the March of Dimes and there's nothing unusual about my deep interest down the years in the inspiring width of the National Foundation for instant our paralysis Yes we know of course that President Roosevelt founded the National Foundation one thousand years ago but won't you explain further how this portrayal of a desk draggy helps the March of Dimes I do get to you see all over the country this month people are displaying their hidden talents to raise money to fight polio many people have secret gifts unexpected skills and it's these skills and amateur talents that I want to applaud because they're being used in such a humanitarian way many prominent men and women mayors college presidents business men have enjoyed their unusual roles playing guitars or doing interpretations of Casey at the bat Friday in Washington not so long ago a very dignified senator led a barbershop quartet people enjoy hearing of artists to which is why talent shows are fun as well as productive Well Mrs Roosevelt we wanted to be sure that you're appearing today as a professional desk jockey with all his responsibilities so you're going to receive requests to play favorite records by the studio audience with a contribution to the March of Dimes for each request but we've assembled a very special audience for you it consists of five teenage angst years I shouldn't say teenage youngsters because one of them is not teenaged. We're stricken by polio not so long ago and they have a very real interest in helping the March of Dimes which has helped that they're greatly honored I'm sure to be with you today and to be in the enviable position of asking you to play the music they like most I'd like to introduce them to us makes a request first this is Joyce Alexander and she's from the Bronx and oh joy I'd like to ask you just when you go to school. In the Bronx and friendly you take me with polio two years ago two years ago and have you had a good. And he's getting better. That's fine but now. What would you like me to play had to quit with you please love me and who do want to have singing Elvis Presley. Still. I think I'm beginning to get the feeling of my new career good just sitting down say nothing and spinning records is extremely peaceful for a change is this all I have to do what health care for us not quite later on Mrs Roosevelt like any good desk jockey you'll be asked to make a pitch or a commercial as we say in the game but right now let me introduce you to George Redmond of Manhattan I know George Howell I'm very glad to have you here advice this performance is a disjunctive Now tell me a little about yourself how long ago did you get probably Oh well I can only as tall and a half two and a half and were you a poster boy by any chance yes I was you will or will you feeling better now oh yes are you getting so you can do more yes oh well now that's very nice but it takes a long time doesn't it yes that when our father do you want her. To be played for you already Teddy Well one who do you want to have singing but I like Elvis Presley it's all you all like the same thing isn't them true all right but we laugh but that aren't sometimes. For a. Holiday you. Can promise you. Yes this is radio station W. N.Y.C. at eight hundred thirty killer cycles are ninety three point nine mega cycles on F.M. believe it or not and it's Elvis Presley on W. N.Y.C. and as well as Elvis Presley a very special personality Mrs Franklin D. Roosevelt is acting as disc jockey Mrs Roosevelt Yes I'm doing something unusual and just to step into N.Y.C. doing something unusual and then while back I paid tribute to those who have already participated in talent shows or will later this month in their home communities I would also like to encourage more people to participate and even to organize more local talent shows for the benefit of the March of Dimes I'm sure there are hundreds of people like myself who would get up in public and show him talents far more entertaining than anything I can do for such an inspiring cause well I doubt that very much here now with us Mrs Roosevelt is Florence Krieger. Well you tell. What. Questions for you before we would like to. Play just a minute I want to tell you how long have you been. Training and the you getting in the wrong and improving Are you able to go to school. They beginning to teach. Good. Thank you Florence I enjoyed that too and you'll enjoy the knowledge that your contribution from your allowance will help other children in the same said to me dances as yourself now since I am interested in eating a disc jockey in all fairness I should say something about my competitive all across the country this man many disc jockeys have been playing requests numbers when their little listeners send along a contribution to the march of dance and that sounds like a very good idea now our next guest is Alan Fox and he's from the Bronx but as Roosevelt Mr Fox. Five. Where do you go to school P.S. eighty five in the Bronx and getting better at. Twelve. Well you've had and. See that you can get about. Five. Going to. Something to be played to. A choice I Can't Give You Anything But Love Baby by Eddie Fisher. Now that my love for the. Now and back by the. Day. I can give you anything but. That's the only thing I. Have. And. You. Know I'm an old word doesn't. Sound. Anything. Like. The. 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Mrs Roosevelt you might be interested in knowing that two of our recording stars today Eddie Fisher and Elvis Presley have had a great deal to do with the March of Dimes and its efforts to stamp out polio Eddie Fisher for example is the national cochairman of the teens against polio he's done a great deal of work in that field that is taps T.A.P.S. and Elvis Presley this past fall took the first of they saw polio shots to encourage teenagers to do the same. Would you please play. I got the world. Got a straight. Thing the I've. Got a son. And it's time I. Think. You. Should have a. Say. The beautiful. Strong. Showing. That I let you go. And now Mrs Roosevelt there is just enough time for your pitch your commercial This is the easiest part of the program for me for my sponsor is the warm hearted American public which down the years has faced an A and generously supported the long battle to wipe out polio the March of Dimes theme this January is let's finish the job despite the sort of vaccine it is still far from finished not enough people as yet have had their complete series of three shots truly finishing the job means facts a nation for everybody under forty and reducing the number of new polio cases to a minimum returning tens of thousands of children like our young friends here today and grownups as well to use the old with while lives these are the people younger no for whom the souls that seem Cain too late for them survival is not enough if it means imprisonment and I and nuns immobility in beds and in field chances a very large number of them can be returned to normal existence to happiness with their loved ones if the March of Dimes has the fun. To pay for the work of salvation and for continued research to improve their treatment and the protection of healthy children and adults everywhere being a disjunct he has been found I just hope that it will inspire everyone who's been listening to give and give generously to the nineteen fifty seven March of Dimes send your contribution to the Greater New York March of Dimes to Park Avenue in New York City thank you very much Mrs Franklin D. Roosevelt and thank you for acting as a disc jockey on behalf of the March of Dimes we had W. N.Y.C. consider ourselves privileged to have had you at your premier performance we'd like to thank also Joyce Alexander George Redmond Florence Krieger Alan Fox for their request this program has been brought to you transcribed by your city station in cooperation with the March of Dimes. Thank you own to our. Thank you thank you. Thank you. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU OK thank you our. 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