April 29, 1945

Sunday, April 29, 1945

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

The war in Europe. Appeal to the people to disregard victory rumors. Appeal to guard against premature rowdy V-D celebrations. O.P.A. hearings in which LaGuardia testified. Meat shortages & high prices. O.P.A. mistakes and recommendations. Insurance of licenses to slaughter houses. Continuance of meatless Tuesday & Friday. Clothing drive appeal. Circular from the County Lawyers' Association Legal Aid Society. Loan sharks. Critical shortage of freight cars.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 71013
Municipal archives id: LT2528


Fiorello H. La Guardia


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About Talk to the People

The famous Sunday afternoon talks by Mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia, “the people’s mayor.”

Mayor La Guardia’s talks have become one of WNYC's iconic broadcastings. In these original radio chats (1942-1945) from his desk at City Hall, he discussed daily food prices, condemned gambling, and admonished wayward schoolboys, politicians, and gangsters alike. Mayor La Guardia also used this address to rally New Yorkers to the war effort and press forward on his agenda, taking breaks to digress on music, the news, and whatever crossed his path during the preceding week. The program won the 1944 Peabody Award for Outstanding Public Service by a Local Station.

These recordings, made during World War II, include the two iconic readings of the comics (only two of three were ever recorded) during the newspaper deliverymen’s strike of July 1945.

The famous Sunday afternoon talks by Mayor Fiorello La Guardia, “the people’s mayor.”


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