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August 29, 1943

Sunday, August 29, 1943

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

Fiorello La Guardia talks to the people. The first minute of the recording is missing on the master disc. La Guardia speaks about the reasons for the meat shortage, a warning to hotels about meat, kosher meat, the Bureau of Markets, butter shortage appeal to the Office of Price Administration, fish prices, the black market in eggs, tomato prices and canning, rent violations, problems involved in moving, displays of Consolidated Edison pressure cookers, the desire of Northwest Airlines to serve New York City, school playground openings, the reduction in city fires, and he salutes the work of the Department of Housing.

La Guardia also reads letter from jockey Smiky Saunders, offering recipient a chance to make good bets, and points out how crooked racing is.

La Guardia names "tin horns" and crooked politicians arrested, and talks about the effects of gambling on citizenry, the techniques of gamblers to gain influence with the police and the courts, and reviews his action against Dutch Schultz. He also speaks out against crooked judges, and talks about the British anti-aircraft parade, the New York Herald Tribunes Fresh Air Fund, and announces special radio programs: The Unity Program (Unity at Home, Victory Abroad) on Sunday on WHOM a special Polish program; Monday, WBYN a special program of foreign languages; WQXR H.V. Kaltenborn and Kenneth Spencer; WNEW Dramatization of short story by Fanny Hurst; WMCA -U.S. Senator Robert F. Wagner; WMCA drama American Dimout; WHN - Ed Sullivan and Hazel Scott; and he announces the resignation of his executive secretary.


Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection


WNYC archives id: 52833
Municipal archives id: LT4016

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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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