February 4, 1945

Sunday, February 04, 1945

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

Fiorello La Guardia talks to the people. He talks about battlefront conditions in relation to sacrifices at home; defeat of Germany; current freight embargo and its effect on coal and food; meatless Tuesdays and Fridays; attacks New York Times article on food usage; cooperation of hostels and restaurants; meat consumption; fat conservation; price ceiling, tie-in sales; children's clothes; attacks gamblers on bribing of Brooklyn College basketball team; attacks newspapers for gambling coverage, race report communications; Bingo games and churches.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 53764
Municipal archives id: LT4083


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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