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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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COMBEST, LARRY, Republican Party
Texas

Total number of trips - 8
Total cost of trips - $14,324.58

Average cost per trip - $1,790.57
Total number of days spent traveling - 20 days
Rank of representative - 376 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Cotton Warehouse Association of America
Dates - June 23, 2000 - June 25, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Charleston, SC

Purpose - Address their annual meeting
Notes - "Note: The Hotel provided a complimentary room to the Association; they were not charged, but this would have been the cost for 2 nights)

Travel Cost - $293.50
Lodging Cost - $278.00
Meal Cost - $97.09
Other Cost - $154.00
Total Cost - $822.59

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Sugar Alliance
Dates - August 6, 2000 - August 8, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Steamboat Springs, CO

Purpose - Talk about farm legislation
Notes - Accompanied by wife Sharon Combest -- other expenses are "rent car, fuel, parking"

Travel Cost - $1,308.60
Lodging Cost - $370.12
Meal Cost - $97.14
Other Cost - $153.51
Total Cost - $1,929.37

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 28, 2000 - January 29, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Queenstown, MD

Purpose - Bipartisan Agriculture Committee Retreat
Notes - Accompanied by wife Sharon Combest

Travel Cost - $72.00
Lodging Cost - $140.00
Meal Cost - $270.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $482.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Horse Council
Dates - October 26, 2001 - October 28, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Fact finding - visit with Association members re: horse issues
Notes - Spouse Sharon Combest accompanied. Other costs are for taxi and train to racetrack

Travel Cost - $500.00
Lodging Cost - $785.42
Meal Cost - $726.00
Other Cost - $110.00
Total Cost - $2,121.42

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Illinois Farm Bureau
Dates - December 2, 2001 - December 3, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - St. Louis, MO

Purpose - Keynote address to 2001 annual meeting
Notes - Other costs are for cab

Travel Cost - $381.00
Lodging Cost - $201.02
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $20.00
Total Cost - $602.02

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Cotton Council
Dates - February 8, 2002 - February 10, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Denver, CO

Purpose - speak to NCC annual meeting
Notes - spouse Sharon Combest -- spouse dates of travel: Feb. 9-10, DC to Dallas

Travel Cost - $3,932.18
Lodging Cost - $190.00
Meal Cost - $110.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,232.18

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Texas Independent Ginners' Association
Dates - March 11, 2002 - March 12, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Fort Worth, TX

Purpose - address general session and president's dinner
Notes -

Travel Cost - $878.50
Lodging Cost - $135.72
Meal Cost - $44.40
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,058.62

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Cotton Council
Dates - February 9, 2003 - February 10, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Tampa, FL

Purpose - Address national meeting on agricultural issues
Notes - Spouse Sharon Combest accompanied

Travel Cost - $2,838.00
Lodging Cost - $210.56
Meal Cost - $27.82
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,076.38

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

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