WNYC 30th Anniversary Special

Thursday, July 08, 1954

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

Excerpts illustrating WNYC's 30-year-old legacy on the air. An announcer introduces each clip and provides context.

Clip list:
Mayor La Guardia speaking at an unnamed public event
unnamed speaker protesting an unnamed sector's pay rate at a City Hall budget hearing
Announcer, "and then the world became smaller..:"
President Roosevelt's fireside chat from 1939-09-03; war in Europe
La Guardia announcing the attack on Pearl Harbor on 1941-12-07 (the original "Talk to the People" broadcast) [Asset 5767 / LANS 1610]
La Guardia and Al Jolson scrap metal song [Asset 39018 / LT3984]
La Guardia reading Dick Tracy, telling Morris Novik to have someone read the comics every day during the strike [Asset 8341 / LT2540]
Announcer, "it's the world of reality we're interested in now; a world of the United Nations"
A translated speech given, presumably, at the United Nations by an unnamed speaker
Unnamed speaker (McCarthy?) interrogates an unnamed witness at an unnamed hearing about periodicals ("pictures, cartoons, humor, pinups") and the spread of communism
Mayor Wagner answers questions about the "Puerto Rican problem"
two telephone reports about floods in Brooklyn and Staten Island
Performance of "Do the Raccoon," 1924
Announcer introduces two medical programs that are not played.
Lectures to the Laity discussion of anatomy in art; another (?) about juvenile delinquency
For Doctors Only discussion of public health
Announcer introduces Bringing Up Baby, but only a song is played
Announcer, "New Yorkers are neither hypochondriacs, nor are they one-track-minded ... They're interested in mental health, yes, but they go a step further toward developing it to the extent that they may better cope with the problems of the day."
The Ways of Mankind discussion of the development of the English language
Lecture Series at Cooper Union, unnamed speaker discusses political theory
People Under Communism discussion of the evaluation of music on political aspects
Jeffersonian Heritage discussion of newspapers
Announcer tells the story of the development of Masterwork Hour and Music fo the Connoisseur.
Music for the Connoisseur discussion of the voice.
American Music Festival performance by Peggy Glanville-Hicks [Asset 8514 / LT7392]
Lecture about the Whitney collection; an interview with an unnamed writer about modern classics; Eleanor Roosevelt (?) talks about responsibility in children; an unnamed speaker explains the differences between "the old mother" and "the young mother"
A display of languages and cultures broadcast on the air
Announcer briefly talks about the station's language classes, closes the program

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 72247
Municipal archives id: LT2849


Peggy Glanville-Hicks, Al Jolson, Fiorello H. La Guardia, David Randolph, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Robert F. Wagner


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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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