October 8, 1944

Sunday, October 08, 1944

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

La Guardia talks about the Polaski Day celebration, and the Polaski Day parade.

Butter shortages: he urges the use of margarine.

The 1944 presidential election and the importance of voting, voter registration requirements, and a presidential panel on WNYC.

New manufacturing facilities, the creation of a co-op office building, available post-war finance for small business. La Guardia attacks the McCarren Committee for wanting to freeze reconstruction housing. Fire problems in New York City, he warns against the use of combustible cleaning fluids, talks about the Fire Prevention Rally. Talks about Alfred E. Smith, who was buried on October 7, 1944 and plays "Sidewalks of New York."

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 52475
Municipal archives id: LT4062


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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