February 18, 1945

Sunday, February 18, 1945

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

Food shortages, low cost clothing, Mayor Gaynor. Fiorello La Guardia talks t the people. Broadcast on WNYC, February 18, 1945.; La Guardia talks about meat shortage Armed Forces food consumption OPA price violations warns poultry dealers about overcharging low cost clothing New York Times article on meat shortage manufacture of rayon underwear coal and kerosene shortage numbers games and odds and practices of gamblers admonishes Henry Morgenthau, Jr., to alter number quotations gambler convictions thanks New Jersey for fighting gambling urges listeners to write Representative about gambling legislation.; La Guardia also reviews book on life of Mayor Gaynor asks James J. Walker if he followed Gaynor's ideas Gaynor's handling of police his philosophy on police action compares himself to Gaynor traffic problem with interstate busses transportation problem at Brooklyn Naval Yard, Brooklyn Civic Center investigation of college basketball at Madison Square Garden, proposed changes in seating and gambling Committee on Consumer Assistance usury laws shelter for neglected children WNYC American music series creation of music during war period Lend-Lease philosophy.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 54806
Municipal archives id: LT4085


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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