Ground Observation

Monday, January 01, 1900

The exact date of this episode is unknown. We've filled in the date above with a placeholder. What we actually have on record is: 19uu-uu-uu.

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

From insert with disc:


33 1/3 R.P.M.


1. General Benjamin W. Chidlaw, Commanding General, Air Defense Command 1:55

2. Lt. General Leon W. Johnson, Commanding General, Continental Air Command Congressional Medal of Honor winner for his participation in the Ploestie Oil Field Raids of World War II :50

3. Lt. General Clarence Heubner (RET), N. Y. State Director of Civil Defense :28

4. Edward R. Murrow, News Analyst and radio and television news reporter :30

5. General Hoyt S. Vandenberg, Chief of Staff, USAF :41

6. Red Barber, Radio and TV Sportscaster :20

7. Mr. E. J. Tangerman, Executive Editor of American Machinist Magazine 2:4l


8. Ed Sullivan, Syndicated columnist and TV star 1:50

9. Arthur Godfrey, Radio and TV star :50

10. Major Charles Yeager, First man to fly faster [than] the speed of sound 1:22

11. Robert Q. Lewis, Radio and TV comedian :30

12. Vaughn Monroe, Orchestra leader and vocalist 1:11

13. Mr. "X", Ground Observer whose name cannot be used because of the fear of reprisal to relatives behind the Iron Curtain. 1:15

14. Captain Fred Blesse, One of our leading jet aces :27

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 71714
Municipal archives id: LT5225


Red Barber, F. C. Blesse, Benjamin W. Chidlaw, Arthur Godfrey, Leon W. Johnson, Robert Q. Lewis, Vaughn Monroe, Edward R. Murrow, Ed Sullivan, E. J. Tangerman, Hoyt Sanford Vandenberg and Chuck Yeager


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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.

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