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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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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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DOYLE, MIKE, Democratic Party
Pennsylvania

Total number of trips - 6
Total cost of trips - $41,246.00

Average cost per trip - $6,874.33
Total number of days spent traveling - 35 days
Rank of representative - 156 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - National Italian American Foundation
Dates - April 16, 2001 - April 23, 2001 (8 days)
Location(s) - Rome, Italy - Vibo Valentia, Italy

Purpose - Exchange of political/legislative ideas between Italian officials and members of congress
Notes - Spouse Susan Doyle accompanied

Travel Cost - $1,940.00
Lodging Cost - $1,900.00
Meal Cost - $1,600.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,440.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Williams Company
Dates - October 25, 2001 - October 28, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Tulsa, OK

Purpose - Fact-finding / tour of the facilities
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,212.00
Lodging Cost - $237.00
Meal Cost - $21.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,470.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - NEI
Dates - June 28, 2002 - July 4, 2002 (7 days)
Location(s) - Spain

Purpose - fact finding
Notes - spouse Susan Doyle accompanied. Other costs are for escorts, interpreters, transfers and baggage handling.

Travel Cost - $13,846.00
Lodging Cost - $2,120.00
Meal Cost - $1,700.00
Other Cost - $340.00
Total Cost - $18,006.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - International Foundation
Dates - November 13, 2003 - November 17, 2003 (5 days)
Location(s) - Aruba

Purpose - Speaker at annual convention
Notes - Spouse Susan Doyle accompanied

Travel Cost - $1,722.00
Lodging Cost - $900.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,622.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Carnegie Mellon University, Athens Information Technology Institute
Dates - April 12, 2004 - April 18, 2004 (7 days)
Location(s) - Athens, Greece

Purpose - Fact finding - graduation
Notes - Son David Doyle accompanied

Travel Cost - $7,976.00
Lodging Cost - $2,724.00
Meal Cost - $780.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $11,480.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Int'l Foundation
Dates - March 30, 2005 - April 2, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Tortola

Purpose - Speaker at annual prayer breakfast
Notes - Pittsburgh, PA - Tortola, BVI - Pittsburgh, PA (Tortola, British Virgin Islands)

Travel Cost - $2,228.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,228.00

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.

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    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.