September 9, 1945

Sunday, September 09, 1945

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

Jewish New Year's greeting. Opening of the school year. Appeal to parents of school children urging them to persuade children to complete their eduction. Appeal to the child to finish his education regardless of what career he chooses. Vocational high schools. Singing of God Bless America by high school students.

Repeal of temporary working papers for 14 year olds. La Guardia is willing to compromise the working age for children who work on farms up state. However, he does not believe children should work in canneries or tanneries.

Interview with a young Marine named Robert Allen Gore, who had lied about his age in order to join the Marines. He is about celebrate his 19th birthday and plans to return to high school then go to college on the GI Bill.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 71083
Municipal archives id: LT2554


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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