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September 16, 1945

Sunday, September 16, 1945

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

Discontinuance of meatless Tuesdays and Fridays. Need for caution in using heavy cream. Enforcement of ceiling prices. Recommendation made on the capital outlay budget for 1946. Post-war building programs. Jurisdictional disputes and possible solution. The coming of prosperity based on immediate use of savings and cashing of Series E bonds. Amendments to unemployment insurance law. Garment industry. Appointment of interdepartmental board for the protection of sanitary controls and the public water supply. Report from the Commissioner of Investigation of loan sharks. Jobs for vets in the Board of Transportation. Provisions for discharged veterans to complete their high school educations. Benefit concert for relief of Italy.

 

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

 

WNYC archives id: 71082
Municipal archives id: LT2555

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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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