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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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GUTKNECHT, GILBERT W JR, Republican Party
Minnesota

Total number of trips - 18
Total cost of trips - $44,231.99

Average cost per trip - $2,457.33
Total number of days spent traveling - 78 days
Rank of representative - 144 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress
Dates - April 18, 2000 - April 20, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Niagara Falls, NY

Purpose - 17th Annual Congress-Bundestag Seminar
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,177.00
Lodging Cost - $318.00
Meal Cost - $167.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,662.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Safari Club International
Dates - February 3, 2000 - February 6, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Reno, NV

Purpose - SCI Annual Convention
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $319.20
Meal Cost - $275.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $594.20

Additional family members - No


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

Purpose - Bipartisan House Agriculture Committee Meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost - $20.00
Lodging Cost - $140.00
Meal Cost - $125.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $285.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Arctic Power
Dates - May 26, 2001 - June 2, 2001 (8 days)
Location(s) - Anchorage, AK - Prudhoe Bay, AK - Kaktovik, AK - Valdez, AK

Purpose - 2001 ANWR Congressional Tour
Notes - Child Margie Gutknecht accompanied.

Travel Cost - $5,059.60
Lodging Cost - $220.00
Meal Cost - $178.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,457.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress
Dates - April 7, 2001 - April 13, 2001 (7 days)
Location(s) - Berlin, Germany - Ussdom, Germany

Purpose - To attend the 18th annual Congress - Bundestag Seminar
Notes - Spouse Mary Gutknecht accompanied.

Travel Cost - $3,209.80
Lodging Cost - $619.59
Meal Cost - $216.92
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,046.31

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - January 28, 2002 - January 29, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Baltimore, MD

Purpose - educational
Notes -

Travel Cost - $36.00
Lodging Cost - $129.00
Meal Cost - $146.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $311.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress
Dates - March 25, 2002 - March 29, 2002 (5 days)
Location(s) - Galveston, TX

Purpose - 19th Annual Congress-Bundestag seminar
Notes - spouse Mary Gutknecht accompanied.

Travel Cost - $1,676.00
Lodging Cost - $657.60
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,633.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress
Dates - April 14, 2003 - April 18, 2003 (5 days)
Location(s) - Heidelberg, Germany

Purpose - 20th Annual Congress-Bundestag Seminar
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,855.50
Lodging Cost - $556.00
Meal Cost - $200.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,611.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Better Hong Kong Foundation, Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association, Korea-US Exchange Council
Dates - January 15, 2003 - January 20, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - Taipei, Taiwan

Purpose - Fact-finding visit
Notes -

Travel Cost - $4,500.00
Lodging Cost - $1,650.00
Meal Cost - $650.00
Other Cost - $70.00
Total Cost - $6,870.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Dates - March 13, 2003 - March 17, 2003 (5 days)
Location(s) - West Palm Beach, FL

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes - Spouse Mary Gutknecht accompanied. Other costs are for ground transportation

Travel Cost - $1,260.00
Lodging Cost - $1,511.07
Meal Cost - $715.90
Other Cost - $307.15
Total Cost - $3,794.12

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government
Dates - January 15, 2004 - January 17, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Aventura, FL

Purpose - conference and speaking engagement
Notes - spouse - Mary Gutkencht -

Travel Cost - $1,348.54
Lodging Cost - $881.40
Meal Cost - $950.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,179.94

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - International Dairy Foods Association
Dates - January 17, 2004 - January 20, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Boca Raton, FL

Purpose - conference and speaking engagement
Notes - spouse - Mary Gutkencht - other expenses were hotel fees and registration for conference

Travel Cost - $1,107.00
Lodging Cost - $1,085.96
Meal Cost - $684.00
Other Cost - $360.00
Total Cost - $3,236.96

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - German Chamber of Commerce
Dates - February 18, 2004 - February 20, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Munich, Germany

Purpose - fact-finding - speaking engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $500.00
Meal Cost - $350.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $850.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Global Atlanticsts
Dates - April 3, 2004 - April 4, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Warrenton, VA

Purpose - speaking engagement
Notes - spouse - Mary Gutknecht

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $370.98
Meal Cost - $69.90
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $440.88

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - February 3, 2005 - February 4, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Baltimore, MD

Purpose - Conservative Members Retreat
Notes -

Travel Cost - $75.60
Lodging Cost - $212.63
Meal Cost - $153.89
Other Cost - $39.41
Total Cost - $481.53

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 -

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

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - US Assn of Former Members of Congress - Congressional Study Group on Germany
Dates - March 18, 2005 - March 24, 2005 (7 days)
Location(s) - Berlin, Germany - Brussels, Belgium - Frankfurt, Germany

Purpose - To meet with Members of the German Bundestag, German government representatives and EU and NATO officials to discuss current issues in the transatlantic relationship
Notes - Washington, DC - Berlin, Germany - day trip to Brussels, Belgium - stayed in Frankfurt, Germany 3/23 - 3/24

Travel Cost - $1,899.10
Lodging Cost - $1,521.00
Meal Cost - $800.00
Other Cost - $740.00
Total Cost - $4,960.10

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - US Assn of Former Members of Congress Congressional Study Group on Germany
Dates - August 21, 2004 - August 27, 2004 (7 days)
Location(s) - Twin Cities, MN

Purpose - Conference for Members of Congress and German Parliamentarians to discuss important issues in the transatlantic relationship, ie NATO and the War on Terror
Notes - Including spouse Travel to and from at personal expense

Travel Cost - $103.25
Lodging Cost - $660.00
Meal Cost - $416.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,179.25

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

    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.