October 21, 1945

Sunday, October 21, 1945

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

From card catalog: Contents.-Intelligence and cooperation.-Navy Day celebration and Truman's first appearance in N.Y.C. as President.-Numbers racket.-Small loan sharks.-Traffic plan for mid-town Manhattan.-Housing situation.-U.S. surplus building material.-Fitness of temporary housing for habitation.-Tribute to the N.Y. Times.-Abuse of the press by the Daily News regarding the alleged slapping of a G.I. by General Patton.-Anti-Semitic story of a deliberate lie.-Produce terminal market.-N.Y.C.'s first reconversion order to start industry: 12 steel hopper barges for ash removal.-Announcement of retirement of Chairman John Delaney of the Board of Transportation.-New appointments.-Traffic system good.-Subway fare.-Prisoner-of-war exhibit.-City Center program.

Next Sunday is Navy Day. Judge Lester Patterson, two bums recently arrested.

See also Cat # 2069

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 2071
Municipal archives id: LT2564


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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