Election Day Returns : [Herbert Lehman's victory over John Foster Dulles for Senator; O'Dwyer is Reelected Mayor over Newbold Morris]
Tuesday, November 08, 1949
This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.
Seymour Siegel introduces the coverage by announcing the closing of the polls (7pm) and doing a roll call of remote locations: John Savage at Police Headquarters; Ed Jones at the Post Standard building in Syracuse; Tommy Cowan at O'Dwyer headquarters; Edward Ball at the main headquarters; Sy Freed (?) at Antonio headquarters; Hillard Edell (?) at Times Square; Bernard Buck at Dulles headquarters. Periodic bulletins from Bob Adams and constant return updates. Lillian Blake interviews Sid Barry about the Voice of America coverage of the election in 20 different languages. William L. Pfeifer, chairman of the Republican Party of New York State, interviewed about predictions. At the American Labor Party headquarters, Paul L. Ross is interviewed about the same. Station ID.
Isolated local returns: Dulles and Lehman. Seymour Siegel gives further numbers for Senate and Court of Appeals Judge. Report from Times Square, the "yardstick of New York City's Festive Spirit," results of a "straw poll." A report from Municipal Building that O'Dwyer is ahead of Morris and Lehman is ahead of Dulles. A bulletin from Connecticut. Many more returns, including New Jersey Governor. A statement from Connecticut's mayor, Jasper McLevy, includes direction from a female reporter/telephone operator.
Speech by Newbold Morris's campaign manager, Mr. Wells: too early to tell results. Interview cuts off an in to Lehman's speech. Morris's concession speech. Dulles's concession. O'Dwyer's speech (he calls his opponents babies}. Concludes with Cowan commentary.
[Note: Instantiations 69835.3 and 69835.4 include concession speeches by Dulles and Morris.
Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection
WNYC archives id: 69835
Municipal archives id: LT905