March 25, 1945

Sunday, March 25, 1945

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

War in Europe. Investigation of meat shortage. Red Cross fund drive and P.A.L. fun drive. Report by the Commissioner of Investigation. New York City Committee for Latin American scholarships (3rd annual awards). Governor Dewey's Commission on Municipal Revenue and reduction of real estate taxes. NYC's transit problems. Mayor's invitation to attend the ceremonies in connection with the liberation of Paris.

LaGuardia also discusses racketeering (Joe Adonis), basketball betting, city finances, referendum on five cent subway fare increase to ten cents, and the future of NYC.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 55051
Municipal archives id: LT2517


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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