August 5, 1945

Sunday, August 05, 1945

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

Description from the Municipal Archives card catalog:
30th anniversary of the Army Air Force. Sugar situation. Problem of tipping. Establishment of joint procurement department for the Army and Navy on NYC. Water supply in Flatbush. Appeal for P.A.L. Gambling. Request to appeal vote for shut-ins. Appointments of Phillip Thurston and John A. Dwyer. Openings in the Department of Investigation. 155th anniversary of U.S. Coast Guard.

Members of the Coast Guard sing, La Guardia gives brief history of the Coast Guard.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 71040
Municipal archives id: LT2546


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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