January 28, 1945

Sunday, January 28, 1945

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

War effort. Advances by Russian army. "But don't get the idea the war is over!"

Meatless Tuesdays and Fridays. Efforts to reduce meat consumption to combat the black market.

Meat, fish and fuel situation with coal.

"Have you had trouble getting a telephone?" Shortage of telephones. La Guardia sarcastically suggests it may also be that you've not committed murder or been connected to gambling operations. La Guardia attacks gangster Sammy Shields and his brothers who apparently convinced the phone company to give him a phone despite the shortage.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 71126
Municipal archives id: LT4082


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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