"My Dear Mr. President," 1939: Radio Broadcast of Interior Secretary Harold Ickes' Annual Report to the President (Part 1)

Title

"My Dear Mr. President," 1939: Radio Broadcast of Interior Secretary Harold Ickes' Annual Report to the President (Part 1)

Description

Photo shows production of the U.S. Department of Interior's radio play "My Dear Mr. President," broadcast on January 8, 1939, the subject of which was the Interior Secretary's annual report to the President (Source: "Not So Free Air," Saturday Evening Post, Feb. 11, 1939)

The penthouse studio for radio broadcasts on the roof of the Interior Building consisted of reception room, office, script writers' room, small and large studios, and sound control room. These actors are members of the cast for My Dear Mr. President, a play based upon the President's budget message [i.e Interior Secretary's annual report] presented in January 1939 through the channels of the national hookups

Part of the Harris & Ewing Collection (Library of Congress)

Part 1- of the recording of the radio broadcast is presented in the attachment "Broadcast", which contains 14 of 16 segments of the broadcast. This represents pages 1-41 of the Script, which is also attached.

Source: The Library of Congress.

Note to Museum Visitor

The attached broadcast recording and the pre-air script are related to an article by Professor Mordecai Lee,“Public Reporting in Public Administration, circa 1939: The Annual Report as Fictional Radio Stories.” The article is forthcoming in Public Voices (2016) Volume XV Number 1.


Creator

Harris & Ewing Photographer

Date

1939 January

Source

https://cdn.loc.gov/service/pnp/hec/25800/25897r.jpg, https://cdn.loc.gov/service/pnp/hec/25800/25891r.jpg

Relation

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Rights

First photo: Members of the Cast 1939. From the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C.

Second photo: Members of the Cast for "My Dear Mr. President". Link: Library of Congress.

Gallery media: Script - See pp. 1 to 41 

My Dear Mr. President Radio Broadcast

Publisher

Library of Congress

Contributor

Library of Congress

Format

Medium: Photograph

Language

English

Type

Radio

Identifier

Radio, Harold Ickes, Department of Interior, Public Reporting, Presidents, Interior Secretary, Budget

Coverage

Historic

Files

https://cdn.loc.gov/service/pnp/hec/25800/25897r.jpg
https://cdn.loc.gov/service/pnp/hec/25800/25891r.jpg

Reference

Harris & Ewing Photographer, "My Dear Mr. President," 1939: Radio Broadcast of Interior Secretary Harold Ickes' Annual Report to the President (Part 1), Library of Congress, 1939 January

Cite As

Harris & Ewing Photographer, “"My Dear Mr. President," 1939: Radio Broadcast of Interior Secretary Harold Ickes' Annual Report to the President (Part 1),” Virtual Museum of Public Service, accessed August 20, 2022, https://vmps.omeka.net/items/show/508.