Election Day Returns

Copyright 2017, J. David Goldin

These are all the examples of this program in the radioGOLDINdex database. These listings are accurate as of October 29, 2017. The programs are listed chronologically, partial dates appear first, unknown dates appear last.


104409. Election Day Returns. November 7, 1939. WNYC, New York City. The broadcast starts just as the polls closed at 8:00 P.M. William O'Dwyer is running for District Attorney, Parimutuel betting is approved. This is an excellent example of pre-war election night coverage by a local station. The station had been permitted to stay on the air after sundown by the "Federal Radio Commission," although the sign-off mentions "by authority of the Federal Communications Commission." After the broadcast, there's an elaborate station sign-off, ending with the national anthem. Good radio! Tommy Cowan (announcer), Dick Doll (reporter), Ray Elliott (reporter), Dick Pack (reporter), Alan Ray (reporter), George Ward (announcer), Morris Novik (director of WNYC, broadcasting from police headquarters), Seymour Siegel (in charge of studio operations), Russ Johns, Frank Thomas, Melvin Elliott, Joe Goldstein (engineer), Isaac Brimberg (chief technician), Joe O'Mara (master control), Sam Lipschitz (master control), Jack Goodwin (news supervisor), Andy Schiller (news assistant), Eddie Goldberger (news assistant). 3:15:25. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

104411. Election Day Returns. November 8, 1949. WNYC, New York City. The coverage begins when the polls close at 7:00 P.M. Lillian Blake interviews Sid Barry (of the Voice of America) about its coverage of the elections in 20 different languages. The announcer mentions in passing that amateur radio operators around the state are helping with the coverage. Seymour Siegel (apparently from the WNYC studios), John Savage (at Police Headquarters), Ed Jones (at the Post Standard Building in Syracuse), Tommy Cowan (at O'Dwyer headquarters), Edward Ball, Sy Freed (?), Hilliard Edell (? in Times Square), Bernard Buck (at Dulles headquarters), Bob Adams, Lillian Blake, Sid Barry, William Pfeifer (Chairman of the Republican Party of New York State), Paul Ross (American Labor Party), Jasper McLevy, Newbold Morris (concession speech), John Foster Dulles (concession speech), William O'Dwyer (victory speech, he calls his opponents, "babies"), Herbert Lehman (victor speech). 1:58:45. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

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