December 24, 1944

Sunday, December 24, 1944

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

From Municipal Archives catalog: Lauritz Melchior, guest. Christmas message.

Performances of Christmas songs (Lauritz Melchior, of the Metropolitan Opera; the Queens College Chamber Ensemble, directed by Boris Schwartz (?); the Collegiate Chorale, directed by Robert Shaw). Short sermon delivered by La Guardia. Reads "the Prayer for Children," written by Archbishop Francis J. Spellman.

Concludes with Christmas concert announcement, Little Women announcement, notes about Christmas programming.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 56137
Municipal archives id: LT4075


Collegiate Chorale, Fiorello H. La Guardia, Lauritz Melchior, Queens College Chamber Ensemble and Robert Shaw


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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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