May 20, 1945

Sunday, May 20, 1945

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

I am an American Day. War in Japan. Meat situation. Why do we have O.P.A.? Livestock Feeders association. Poultry situation. O.P.A. violators. W.P.B. release control on 1200 items. City cancer hospital named for James Ewing. Signing of agreement for tropical disease hospital. Traffic congestion in mid-town Manhattan. All his terminals must be west of 8th Ave. Agreement with Port Authority to establish terminal west of Eighth Ave. Shortage of personnel in hospitals. New wage scale for nurses. Physical therapist scholarships by National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis. P.A.L. appeal. Merchant Mine exhibit.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 71015
Municipal archives id: LT2532


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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