June 4, 1944

Sunday, June 04, 1944

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

Description from the Municipal Archives card catalog:

Update on war situation. Short news items in the NY Times. Hitler has refused an appeal to pardon a general who saved troops from Russian onslaught. Predicts a blow-up in Germany. A split in Hitler's staff. Propaganda can fool German people but not the German officers. Wants to allay parent fears regarding article in the NY Times concerning uncovered classes in the school system. Says this is not true. Explains why. New teachers appointed. Last weekend had a busy time, but interesting one. Studied a report by post-war building committee. Reconstruction of St. George Terminal on Staten Island. A difficult project. Details about the terminal. Plan to cover railroad tracks in the Bronx. Could create a new neighborhood. Improvement in surrounding property would merit the cost. City patrol corps. Appeals to men and women to join the city patrol corps. Racket in the newspaper clipping service has been discontinued but we're watching the situation and discovered another. Burrell clipping service mentioned. Army does not disapprove of normal lighting for the Rockaways and other coastal areas. But there could be a return to the dim out. Responds to Miss W.A. regarding a bookmaker who was using children. Responds to subway workers wife regarding husband's salary. Responds to letter about a rude bus driver and one about firemen who carry a disabled fat woman out of a cab.

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Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 52832
Municipal archives id: LT4048


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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