This is My Block: New York City 1950

Wednesday, September 13, 1950

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

Docudrama explaining the scale of the work of the Department of Sanitation, including trash collection, alternate side parking, and litter baskets. A father goes to speak with the Sanitation Commissioner to discuss cleaning up an empty lot in his neighborhood after his son gets hit by a truck while playing in the street. In doing so, he learns about the Herald Tribune's Cleanup Contest and WNYC's Block of the Week.

Commissioner of the Department of Sanitation of New York City (Andrew W. Mulrain), Assistant to the editor of the New York Herald Tribune (Luke P. Carroll), and Seymour N. Siegel (director of the Municipal Broadcasting Service) play themselves.

Jack Curtis - Joe Henricks
Ellen McHue - Marie
Bobby Golly - Phil
Jack Tureen - the Sanitation Worker
Arthur Lee - Music and Sound Technician
Virginia Leighton - Production Assistant
Alvin Utkoff - Writer
Alan Carter - Director

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 31949


Luke Carroll, Jack Curtis, Ellen McHue, Andrew W. Mulrain, Seymour N. Siegel and Jack Tureen


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About Miscellaneous

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.

Buried in this show you will find all sorts of treasures, from the 1937 dedication of the WNYC Greenpoint transmitter to the 1939 lighting of the City Hall Christmas tree and the 1964 reception for Nobel Prize recipient Dr. Martin Luther King Jr

This collection includes some unique “slice-of-life” productions that provide a telling portrait of America from the 1940s through the 1950s, such as public service announcements regarding everything from water conservation to traffic safety and juvenile delinquency and radio dramas such as "The Trouble Makers" and "Hate, Incorporated."



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