You Hold the Key - to a Holocaust!

Tuesday, June 26, 1951

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

Stop for a minute and think where would you be - where would we all be - without wood? We're dependent on wood; we're dependent on wood. There's a danger of all of New York State's Adirondacks forest going up in smoke. They're ready to be turned by one careless spark in to a chain of flame.

Reporter George Cole, New York State Conservation Department pilot Fred Maclane, and District Forester William Petty fly above the Adirondacks to describe the devastation of "last November's blow-down". Maclane points out significant parts of the forests, including teepees. Petty describes the destruction of the fire.

Back in the studio, announcer interviews Kenny Williams, Superintendent of Forest Fire Control for New York State Department of Conservation about the seriousness of the situation. Most fires are started by careless cigarette smokers.

Trees are part of the investment in to our future. Forest fire prevention is the job of everyone, and everyone is spelled Y-O-U.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 8828


George Cole, Fred Maclane, William Petty and Kenny Williams


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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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