February 8, 1942

Sunday, February 08, 1942

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

Civilian Defense preparations; Formation of NYC guard patrol. Final C.D. announcement repeated in Italian, German.

Announcements: Police Commissioner Valentine's Messenger Corps in the Air Raid Warden service. Boys are asked to volunteer, with parents' permission. Formation of city guard, list of duties. Planned protection by police department. Blackout of traffic lights. Citizens Defense Volunteer Committee. Lessons learned from bombing in England regarding the citizens' needs in an air attack. City's specific plans. A letter from an Armenian immigrant offering $25 to help with the defense effort. On war time tomorrow morning; set clocks one hour ahead. Scholarships for Central and South American students sponsored by NYC. Updates on his position as US Director of Civilian Defense, which ends next week. Registration of Italian, German, and Japanese aliens with US Department of Justice. Announcement in Italian and German.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 70969
Municipal archives id: LT3972


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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