August 26, 1945

Sunday, August 26, 1945

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

From card catalog: Need to resume hard work for reconversion. NYC's post-war program of construction and improvement. The garment industry. Food situation and continuation of meatless Tuesdays and Fridays. Tipping racket (grocers and their helpers). Potatoes, meat, butter. Discontinuance of paper collection. Closing of the city fuel administration. Advice to veterans to have discharge recorded in office of county clerk so there will be a permanent record. Gambling. Fire losses. Announcement of the annual Sanitation Department vs Police Department ball game. Announcement of NYC's pending reception for General De Gaulle. "The True Glory" (movie).

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 71043
Municipal archives id: LT2552


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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