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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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(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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COBLE, JOHN HOWARD, Republican Party
North Carolina

Total number of trips - 16
Total cost of trips - $56,688.51

Average cost per trip - $3,543.03
Total number of days spent traveling - 67 days
Rank of representative - 108 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - U.S.-Morocco Affairs Council
Dates - January 11, 2000 - January 18, 2000 (8 days)
Location(s) - Casablanca, Morocco - Rabat, Morocco - Marrakech, Morocco - Laayoune, Western Sahara

Purpose - To meet with member of Parliament along with officials in public and private sectors to discuss mutual US-Morocco issues
Notes -

Travel Cost - $975.41
Lodging Cost - $537.60
Meal Cost - $200.00
Other Cost - $41.08
Total Cost - $1,754.09

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - North Carolina Association of Broadcasters
Dates - July 23, 2000 - July 24, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Wilmington, NC

Purpose - To speak to the NC Broadcasters annual convention
Notes -

Travel Cost - $510.50
Lodging Cost - $175.00
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $735.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Crop Protection Association
Dates - September 22, 2000 - September 24, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - To attend ACPa Annual Meeting and discuss legislative issues affecting the agricultural chemical industry
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,583.34
Lodging Cost - $675.57
Meal Cost - $75.75
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,334.66

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Copyright Society of the USA
Dates - June 9, 2001 - June 11, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Bolton Landing, NY

Purpose - Speech at the annual meeting of copyright group to discuss legislative issues involving copyright.
Notes -

Travel Cost - $551.00
Lodging Cost - $400.00
Meal Cost - $88.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,039.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Ripon Educational Fund
Dates - August 10, 2001 - August 18, 2001 (9 days)
Location(s) - Manchester, England - Edinburgh, Scotland

Purpose - To attend 2001 TransAtlantic Conference in Scotland
Notes - Other costs not specified

Travel Cost - $4,124.83
Lodging Cost - $2,299.50
Meal Cost - $568.00
Other Cost - $45.00
Total Cost - $7,037.33

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Recording Industry Association of America
Dates - April 27, 2001 - April 28, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Nashville, TN

Purpose - Attend briefing on issues affecting the music industry
Notes -

Travel Cost - $823.50
Lodging Cost - $200.00
Meal Cost - $35.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,058.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Intellectual Property Law Association
Dates - February 15, 2001 - February 19, 2001 (5 days)
Location(s) - Paris, France

Purpose - To deliver closing remarks at 5th international symposium, "managing IP assets in the new millennium".
Notes - Other costs not specified

Travel Cost - $6,775.19
Lodging Cost - $965.36
Meal Cost - $216.44
Other Cost - $31.26
Total Cost - $7,988.25

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Intellectual Property Law Association
Dates - November 16, 2001 - November 20, 2001 (5 days)
Location(s) - Rome, Italy

Purpose - Speech to Colloquium on Patent Pendency Reduction
Notes -

Travel Cost - $5,715.80
Lodging Cost - $568.65
Meal Cost - $197.11
Other Cost - $32.98
Total Cost - $6,514.54

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Crop Protection Association
Dates - September 28, 2001 - October 1, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - To speak to the annual meeting of the ACPA
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,484.00
Lodging Cost - $1,972.41
Meal Cost - $220.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,676.41

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - North Carolina Association of Broadcasters
Dates - June 30, 2002 - July 1, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Wrightsville, NC

Purpose - speech to broadcasters' annual convention
Notes -

Travel Cost - $822.00
Lodging Cost - $206.96
Meal Cost - $60.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,088.96

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Islamic Free Market Institute Foundation, Qatar Chamber of Commerce
Dates - March 28, 2002 - March 31, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - London, England - Doha, Qatar - Lisbon, Portugal

Purpose - to attend Qatari-American international conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $8,165.04
Lodging Cost - $710.00
Meal Cost - $360.00
Other Cost - $90.00
Total Cost - $9,325.04

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - International Intellectual Property Society
Dates - March 4, 2002 - March 5, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - speech to the IIPS board meeting and symposium
Notes -

Travel Cost - $580.00
Lodging Cost - $217.11
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $847.11

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - International Management and Development Institute
Dates - February 19, 2003 - February 24, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - Cologne, Germany - Liechtenstein

Purpose - US-German Roundtable and Congressional visit to Liechtenstein
Notes - Airfare donated by Lufthansa - value of ticket is listed.

Travel Cost - $6,500.00
Lodging Cost - $720.00
Meal Cost - $500.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,720.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Century Business Services, Inc.
Dates - August 3, 2003 - August 9, 2003 (7 days)
Location(s) - Mayo County, Ireland

Purpose - To attend International Trade Symposium in Ireland.
Notes - [Amended to show different sponosr] London part of trip filed separately - paid for by different sponsor.

Travel Cost - $1,028.97
Lodging Cost - $862.50
Meal Cost - $431.25
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,322.72

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Ripon Educational Fund
Dates - August 10, 2003 - August 13, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - London, England

Purpose - To attend Ripon Educational Fund Transatlantic Conference.
Notes - Also attend International Trade Symposium in Ireland. Separate report filedonthat trip. [Amended to change dates, amounts and purpose]

Travel Cost - $1,235.56
Lodging Cost - $730.69
Meal Cost - $373.15
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,339.40

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - 3M, Inc.
Dates - December 12, 2003 - December 12, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - St. Paul, MN

Purpose - to tour 3M's facility to discuss issues impacting the company's role in transportation and homeland security fields and to observe in operation equipment that 3M manufactures in these areas.
Notes -

Travel Cost - $857.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $907.00

Additional family members - No

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.

Recent Posts

  • 11.17.14

    The Utility of a PhD

    Humanities professors at colleges and universities are re-thinking what it means to offer a PhD. The old model is proving unsustainable. It takes an average nine years to get a doctorate, but less than 60 percent of PhDs are finding tenure-track teaching jobs. This week, we look at a new report recommending academics view doctoral programs in a new light.
  • 11.10.14

    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.
  • 11.12.14

    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.
  • 11.10.14

    Radio: The Internet of the 1930s

    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.