December 2, 1945

Sunday, December 02, 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:

Re-dedication ceremony for the Brooklyn Bridge. Food situation. UN and its capito [sic]. Situation in Europe. Parcel Food service shippers. Best packages are home-made and shipped via P.O. Bond drive. Loan sharks and their victims. Municipal credit union. Hebrew free loan society. Soldier robbed of mustering out pay. Building situation. Labor situation. Attempts for some business firms to get out of paying taxes. Newspaper reports. Williamsburg busing project. Souvenir weapons brought home.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 71144
Municipal archives id: LT2571


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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