La Guardia: Close Listener, Major Critic
"The News of the Week program was much better this past week than the week before that. The announcer who had the District Attorney story (Dixie Davis) was very poor. He simply is impossible. He mispronounced the word 'illusive,' and hesitated and stuttered on the word 'threatened,' and his general diction is very bad.
"The announcer giving the story of the woman conductor of the Boston Symphony was very good. His tempo is a little too fast. (Tell your men not to try to imitate Floyd Gibbons). His French pronunciation was very good. He mispronounced 'Wellesley.'
"The announcer telling of the legislative investigation of insane offenders mispronounced the name of 'McNaboe.'
"There is no reason for this. It would seem that some of your readers have not seen their text nor reviewed it.
"Please watch this program more carefully."
Source: Memo from Mayor F. H. La Guardia to WNYC Program Director Seymour N. Siegel, February 7, 1938, NYC Municipal Archives Collections.