June 3, 1945

Sunday, June 03, 1945

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

Letters requesting proclamation of a price control week. Need for extension of O.P.A. Meat situation. Part 8 of the proposed plan to control meat production and distribution. Permitting custom slaughtering for groups of retailers or cooperatives. Unrest among fruit and vegetable dealers. Letter from citizen complaining that a dealer refuses to sell to him. Low-priced garments.

La Guardia speaks about "thieving tinhorns." He also speaks of bookmaking, horse racing, dice playing and other forms of gambling. He elaborates about a feud between two groups of tinhorns, divided along religious lines.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 71020
Municipal archives id: LT2534


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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