January 7, 1945

Sunday, January 07, 1945

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

VVL Call No.: DB4233. Alternate VVL Number: 01-0937-041

1. Atlantic Charter
2. Food Shortages
3. Gambling

Fiorello La Guardia talks to the people. He speaks about FDR's annual address to Congress; meat availability; chowder party at City Fish Market; forced tie-in sales on vegetables; newspaper and magazine recipes; inspection of food facilities by Dept. of Markets; lauds landlords for not trying to raise rent ceilings; fires caused by Christmas trees; attacks operation of Vitamin Corp. of America; Western Union agreement not to transmit betting orders; questions integrity of race tracks; attacks betting as denying food to children; reads letter from irate listener attacking his stand on betting; attacks "purveyors of sin"; warns of lethal liquor in New York City; gives recipe for lethal liquor.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 54751
Municipal archives id: LT4079


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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