Round-the-World Tour Kickoff

Saturday, June 25, 1949

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

First episode of a special series of Town Meeting programs, broadcast from Idlewild Airport. Unidentified speaker explains the format of the upcoming shows and tour. Samuel F. Pryor, Jr. of Pan-American, Ivor Kenway (?) of ABC, and Denny address the audience. Introduces Town Hall participants Mrs. Buck, the Mayor of Grand Rapids, a representative of National Council of Negro Women, Bob Hansen of the Fraternal Order of [inaudible], Clarence Decker, and the president of Foreign Policy Association. Hosted by Gordon Fraser (?).

See NYT article "Air town meeting to girdle world," 1949-06-24 for context.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 69761
Municipal archives id: LT879


George Vernon Denny, Ivor Kenway and Samuel F. Pryor


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About America's Town Meeting of the Air

America's Town Hall Meeting of the Air addressed American culture and concerns.

"The major purposes of the Round-the-World Town Meeting are to enable Americans ... to understand world problems and to increase world understanding of this country." (The New York Times, 1949)


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