Hearst Medals Awards Luncheon

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Recording of awards celebrating accomplishments towards the preservation of downtown New York City. Awards given to Robert W. Dowling, Kenneth H. Dunshee, Major General John M. Franklin, Seymour N. Siegel, and Frederick H. Zurmuhlen.

Program introduced by Howard S. Coman (?). Horowitz, Deputy Mayor of New York, speaks on behalf of Mayor Impellitteri. In regard to Siegel and WNYC, Horowitz says: "We're very proud of the work of that station, and we know that Seymour Siegel symbolizes everything that means for the development of the educational and cultural interests of our city. He symbolizes WNYC, and we say to you, it being a station that is non commercial, it being a station that is supported by our municipal government, we feel that what it gives to the people of this city is of such great value that for anybody to seek to eliminate that station on the ground that it is extravagant to operate it, I say to you that we deem that to be false economy, and the mayor will vigorously oppose any efforts of the part of anybody to eliminate the continuance and development of station WNYC."

John C. Postelle, president of the Downtown Athletic Club, speaks briefly about the work of the Downtown New York Club.

Thomas D'Arcy Brophy, of the American Heritage Foundation, praises the retiring chairman of the Greater New York Civic Association, Dowling. Briefly mentions several projects of the municipal government: South Ferry subway, restoration of City Hall park, etc.

Coman? acknowledges the work of Gene Moran, applauds the Hearst chain of newspapers.

H.J. Gettamen, of the American Weekly, hands out the awards in the absence of William Randolph Hearst.

Zurmuhlen receives an award for his work on the Brooklyn Bridge. Franklin's award is for his work on the SS United States. Dunshee is awarded for his work as a writer of New York history, specifically his book "As You Pass By." Siegel is awarded for directing WNYC, "the voice of New York" and "the model and envy" of other stations.

Captain Manning and Commodore Jones (and others whose names the presenter has forgotten) of the SS United States receive citations.

WNYC Reporter cuts in to clarify names and closes the broadcast.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 68516
Municipal archives id: LT38