December 16, 1945

Sunday, December 16, 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:

U.N. Committee decision to make its headquarters in the U.S.
The Pearl Harbor investigations. Housing. Rent control. Problems in the building trades. Pre-fabricated housing. Terminal market agreement. Federal aid to extend Morrisania City Hospital, etc. Need for nurses in veterans hospitals. Firemen's list of eligibility. U.S. Navy's release of NYC Patrolmen. Fuel shortage. Shipment of packages to Europe. Short weighting firm made to pay 300 dollars. Race track betting and racketeering. Appeal for cancer funds. Newbold Morris and the City Planning Commission. New program on Sunday at 12 noon.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 71130
Municipal archives id: LT2573


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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