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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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FOSSELLA, VITO MR, Republican Party
New York

Total number of trips - 5
Total cost of trips - $10,237.73

Average cost per trip - $2,047.55
Total number of days spent traveling - 15 days
Rank of representative - 429 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - National Association of Broadcasters
Dates - April 8, 2001 - April 10, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - Fact finding
Notes - Spouse Mary Pat Fossella accompanied. Other costs not specified.

Travel Cost - $2,400.00
Lodging Cost - $1,300.00
Meal Cost - $320.00
Other Cost - $60.00
Total Cost - $4,080.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - United States Telecom Association
Dates - February 25, 2001 - February 28, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - La Quinta, CA

Purpose - Fact finding - telecom issues
Notes - Spouse and child accompanied, neither of their names given. [assumed destination][assumed sponsor]

Travel Cost - $1,401.50
Lodging Cost - $681.80
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,083.30

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Not specified
Dates - January 16, 2003 - January 17, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - The Hague, Netherlands

Purpose - Fact finding
Notes -

Travel Cost - $263.20
Lodging Cost - $86.86
Meal Cost - $38.42
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $388.48

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - NASDAQ
Dates - March 28, 2003 - March 31, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - Fact finding
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,674.00
Lodging Cost - $1,028.00
Meal Cost - $335.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,037.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - NYSE
Dates - July 18, 2004 - July 19, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Fact-finding
Notes - No travel was paid for

Travel Cost - $93.00
Lodging Cost - $323.56
Meal Cost - $232.39
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $648.95

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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  • 11.17.14

    The Utility of a PhD

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  • 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.