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July 29, 1945

Sunday, July 29, 1945

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

Expression of sympathy to families of victims of accident at Empire State Building. [Plane crash] Letter from Lt. Gen. Deputy Commander of US Air Force. Memorandum of agreement for the construction of the Colonial Houses. Board of Estimate approval for construction of wholesome fruit terminal market. Tropical and contagious disease hospital. Idlewild leases are ready to be signed. Sharkey Bill. British elections. Role of labor in reconversion. The science of forecasting weather.

Concludes with WNYC reporter.


Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection


WNYC archives id: 71033
Municipal archives id: LT2545

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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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