July 15, 1945

Sunday, July 15, 1945

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

Implications of Bastille Day; salute to France; compares New York and Paris; Potsdam Conference; political tyranny; Yugoslavia and Tito will solve Balkan situation; accepts Italy as UN country; reviews US success in Pacific War; New York newspaper strike; meat shortage; slaughterhouse control; poultry situation; how poultry shortage developed; butter shortage; abolition of ceiling prices; advises against buying green beans; threatens retail poultry stores in Queens; anticipation of construction following war; milk fund scholarships; catching of bookmaker; police department must stay alert; warns
juke box owners to keep volume down at night; OPA trial cases; appointment of City magistrates; reads comic strip "Little Orphan Annie" and compares it with his judicial appointments.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 8340
Municipal archives id: LT3827


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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