June 11, 1944

Sunday, June 11, 1944

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

Salute to infantry, description of the infantry day parade.

Remote broadcast from 82nd Street and Fifth Avenue for the Salute to the Infantry Parade/Fifth War Loan Parade. References young soldiers in France. Reads proclamation declaring June 12 to July 8, 1944, as the fifth war loan period. Urges people to buy war bonds, make sacrifices. Wear old shoes longer, put off buying a new suit or dress, put your money to a war bond. No vacations at distant points; put traveling cost to bonds.

Parade comes through with La Guardia's comments.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 71094
Municipal archives id: LT4049


Fiorello H. La Guardia and Police Department Band


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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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