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December 23, 1945

Sunday, December 23, 1945

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

Celebration of the first post-war Christmas.
Performance of "O Holy Night." La Guardia urges all to continue to pray for peace. He proceeds to tell the story of Christ's birth.
Performance of "Gloria in Excelsis Deo."



Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection


WNYC archives id: 71086
Municipal archives id: LT2575

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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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