Eleanor Roosevelt Takes the Mic

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - 03:20 PM

Eleanor Roosevelt deejays at WNYC for children afflicted with polio, February 6, 1957. (American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming)

To generate interest in a series of talent shows benefiting the 1957 March of Dimes, Eleanor Roosevelt tried her hand as an amateur disc jockey on WNYC.

"I think I'm beginning to get the feeling of my new career," the former First Lady remarked. "Just sitting down, saying nothing and spinning records is extremely peaceful for a change. Is this all I have to do?"

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection.


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Comments [6]

Linda G-M from Brooklyn

It's no secret that Eleanor Roosevelt had a very difficult childhood and marriage. She also lacked the particular power of a lovely face, which counted for much at her time and in her society, as it still does. And yet, like a beautiful lotus, she blossomed, transforming pain and poison into medicine and blessing the entire world with her tireless work for racial equality and humanitarian causes. What a radical she was ~~ and yet, with this gentle, warm, lively, positive demeanor! Remarkable. Beyond remarkable.

May. 02 2014 10:04 AM
Norma from Manhattan

Thanks for the memories! She was a wonderful woman.

May. 01 2014 04:01 PM
Kathleen K Durham from Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill, Hyde Park, NY

Hello. What a great treat. As Executive Director of the Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill in Hyde Park, NY, I am surrounded everyday by all things Eleanor. This made my day. Thank you so very much.
Kathleen Durham

May. 01 2014 02:54 PM
Iris from Brooklyn

This was a gem - thank you for sharing this with us.

May. 01 2014 10:34 AM
Norma Rossi from New Jersey

One canread all they want about this great woman, but hearing her voice glimpses why she was, and remains beloved. She was engaging, warm and gentle. Thank you so much for these pieces, they bring history to life.

May. 01 2014 08:47 AM
Don Wigal from NYC

Thank you for sharing this slice of history with us. In spite of extensive research into the great lady's life, I did not know of this delightful detail.

I wrote The Wisdom of Eleanor Roosevelt {Philosohical Library, 2003].

May. 01 2014 07:55 AM

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