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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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DELAY, THOMAS DALE, Republican Party
Texas

Total number of trips - 17
Total cost of trips - $108,566.48

Average cost per trip - $6,386.26
Total number of days spent traveling - 67 days
Rank of representative - 30 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - National Center for Public Policy Research
Dates - May 25, 2000 - June 3, 2000 (10 days)
Location(s) - Scotland - England

Purpose - educational
Notes - Accompanied by wife Christine DeLay. Location listed as Great Britain.

Travel Cost - $20,266.00
Lodging Cost - $3,840.00
Meal Cost - $4,000.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $28,106.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - August 30, 2001 - September 4, 2001 (6 days)
Location(s) - Malaysia - Singapore

Purpose - Educational / Meet with government officials
Notes - Spouse Christine DeLay accompanied

Travel Cost - $6,232.00
Lodging Cost - $1,796.00
Meal Cost - $400.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,428.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Korea - United States Exchange Council
Dates - August 25, 2001 - August 28, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - South Korea

Purpose - Educational / Meet with government officials
Notes - Spouse Christine DeLay accompanied. Other costs not specified.

Travel Cost - $27,000.00
Lodging Cost - $660.00
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost - $40.00
Total Cost - $28,000.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce
Dates - August 28, 2001 - August 30, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Taiwan

Purpose - Educational / Meet with government officials
Notes - Spouse Christine DeLay accompanied

Travel Cost - $702.00
Lodging Cost - $420.00
Meal Cost - $120.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,242.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Association of Airport Executives
Dates - January 5, 2002 - January 14, 2002 (10 days)
Location(s) - Kona, HI

Purpose - speak at national conference on transportation security issues in Kona
Notes - Jan. 10-14 at personal expense. Kona, HI - Vail, CO

Travel Cost - $4,642.80
Lodging Cost - $824.48
Meal Cost - $500.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,967.28

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Institute
Dates - January 24, 2002 - January 25, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - St. Michaels, MD

Purpose - ELC Retreat (House Elected Leadership Retreat)
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $113.00
Meal Cost - $77.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $190.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Center for the Study of Popular Culture
Dates - November 13, 2003 - November 15, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - West Palm Beach, FL

Purpose - Restoration weekend
Notes - Spouse Christine DeLay accompanied

Travel Cost - $2,042.00
Lodging Cost - $516.00
Meal Cost - $468.72
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,026.72

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - NASDAQ
Dates - March 28, 2003 - March 29, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - NASDAQ leadership summit
Notes - Transport cost paid for by eBay, a participant in the summit

Travel Cost - $968.00
Lodging Cost - $960.50
Meal Cost - $290.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,218.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Institute
Dates - January 29, 2003 - January 29, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - St. Michaels, MD

Purpose - Leadership Retreat
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $307.00
Meal Cost - $410.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $717.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - IDT Inc.
Dates - January 29, 2004 - January 29, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - AIPAC policy speech at event honoring Howard Jonas, chairman of IDT, Inc
Notes - transportation was a charter and it was roundtrip

Travel Cost - $3,595.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,595.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Institute
Dates - January 14, 2004 - January 16, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - St. Michaels, MD

Purpose - House leadership retreat
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $306.72
Meal Cost - $593.49
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $900.21

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Institute
Dates - November 30, 2004 - December 2, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Richmond, VA

Purpose - Bicameral Leadership Retreat
Notes - Houston - Richmond - Houston

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $339.00
Meal Cost - $389.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $728.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Institute
Dates - January 7, 2005 - January 9, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Scottsdale, AZ

Purpose - 104th Class Retreat
Notes - Houston - Phoenix [assumed city]

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $504.00
Meal Cost - $1,134.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,638.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Assn of Airport Executives
Dates - January 9, 2005 - January 14, 2005 (6 days)
Location(s) - Kona, HI

Purpose - 19th Annual Aviation Issues Conference
Notes - Phoenix - Kona - Houston

Travel Cost - $8,020.50
Lodging Cost - $914.72
Meal Cost - $876.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $9,811.22

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Barbara Sinatra Children's Center
Dates - February 12, 2004 - February 15, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Houston, TX

Purpose - not specified
Notes - Palm Springs, CA - Houston This information is from a House of Representatives personal financial disclosure report and does not include dollar amounts.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost -

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - DeLay Foundation for Kids
Dates - April 3, 2004 - April 6, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - not specified
Notes - Houston - Miami - Houston This information is from a House of Representatives personal financial disclosure report and does not include dollar amounts.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost -

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - FOX News Sunday
Dates - October 1, 2005 - October 2, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Washington, DC

Purpose - Officially connected travel
Notes - Sugar Land, TX - Washington, DC - Sugar Land, TX

Travel Cost - $13,998.55
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $13,998.55

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.
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    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.