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The First Family of Radio

When Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected president in 1932, he and first lady Eleanor Roosevelt both used the new medium of radio to reach into American homes like never before. They rallied the nation to combat the Great Depression and fight fascism. The Roosevelts forged an uncommonly personal relationship with the people. This documentary explores how FDR and ER's use of radio revolutionized the way Americans relate to the White House and its occupants.

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ACEVEDO-VILA, ANIBAL, Democratic Party
Puerto Rico

Total number of trips - 6
Total cost of trips - $14,621.23

Average cost per trip - $2,436.87
Total number of days spent traveling - 25 days
Rank of representative - 368 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce
Dates - May 26, 2001 - June 2, 2001 (8 days)
Location(s) - Taiwan

Purpose - Fact-finding and educational visit
Notes - Spouse Luisa Gandara, other costs non-specified

Travel Cost - $7,628.00
Lodging Cost - $840.00
Meal Cost - $372.00
Other Cost - $282.00
Total Cost - $9,122.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Sony Music
Dates - April 19, 2002 - April 21, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Leesburg, VA

Purpose - Tri Caucus Retreat
Notes - spouse Luisa Acevedo -- lodging cost includes meals -- filed 06/12/2002

Travel Cost - $121.62
Lodging Cost - $598.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $719.62

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Hispanic Caucus
Dates - February 21, 2001 - February 23, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - McAllen, TX - San Juan, Puerto Rico

Purpose - CHCI Board of Directors Retreat
Notes - filed 05/15/2002

Travel Cost - $319.00
Lodging Cost - $255.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $574.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce
Dates - February 18, 2001 - February 21, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Mexico City, Mexico - Dallas, TX

Purpose - meeting with President Vincente Fox and other government officials and businessmen
Notes - spouse Luisa Gandara -- 2001, filed 05/2002

Travel Cost - $694.89
Lodging Cost - $400.00
Meal Cost - $275.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,369.89

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Sony Music
Dates - October 23, 2003 - October 26, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Puerto Rico

Purpose - Tri-Caucus Retreat
Notes - Spouse Luisa Gandara accompanied.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $549.70
Meal Cost - $901.02
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,450.72

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Public Governance Institute
Dates - February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Notes - Spouse Luisa Gandara accompanied. Meals included in lodgings

Travel Cost - $350.00
Lodging Cost - $1,035.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,385.00

Additional family members - Yes

American RadioWorks |
(Photos: Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library)

The First Family of Radio

When Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected president in 1932, he and first lady Eleanor Roosevelt both used the new medium of radio to reach into American homes like never before. They rallied the nation to combat the Great Depression and fight fascism. The Roosevelts forged an uncommonly personal relationship with the people. This documentary explores how FDR and ER's use of radio revolutionized the way Americans relate to the White House and its occupants.

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    Radio: FDR’s ‘Natural Gift’

    President Franklin D. Roosevelt was a radio natural. He spoke in a confident, informal way, using simple words and phrases that were easy to grasp.
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    The Roosevelts as a political team

    Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt were not the first White House couple to act as political partners, but they were the first to do so in such a public fashion.
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    Some predicted radio would be a powerful force for democratizing information and spreading knowledge to a vast population previously separated by geography or income. But the new technology also raised anxieties.