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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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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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HOEFFEL, JOSEPH M, Democratic Party
Pennsylvania

Total number of trips - 6
Total cost of trips - $14,183.90

Average cost per trip - $2,363.98
Total number of days spent traveling - 21 days
Rank of representative - 378 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Faith and Politics Institute
Dates - April 3, 2000 - April 5, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Birmingham, AL - Montgomery, AL - Selma, AL

Purpose -
Notes - Alabama pilgrimage 35th anniversary of 1965 voting march

Travel Cost - $135.00
Lodging Cost - $214.00
Meal Cost - $140.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $489.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Commonwealth Fund
Dates - January 20, 2000 - January 23, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Aventura, FL

Purpose - Bi-partisan Health Policy Conference
Notes - Accompanied by wife Francesca M. Hoeffel

Travel Cost - $803.60
Lodging Cost - $868.89
Meal Cost - $690.94
Other Cost - $39.95
Total Cost - $2,403.38

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - March 9, 2001 - March 11, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - Bipartisan Congressional Retreat
Notes - Spouse Francesca and child Jake accompanied. Meals included in lodging cost. Other cost is for registration fee.

Travel Cost - $378.00
Lodging Cost - $950.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $170.00
Total Cost - $1,498.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Commonwealth Fund
Dates - January 17, 2002 - January 20, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - Aventura, FL

Purpose - Bipartisan Congressional Health Policy conference
Notes - spouse Francesca M accompanied. Other costs not specified.

Travel Cost - $1,480.50
Lodging Cost - $1,309.50
Meal Cost - $944.62
Other Cost - $44.95
Total Cost - $3,779.57

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Commonwealth Fund
Dates - January 16, 2003 - January 18, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Aventura, FL

Purpose - Bipartisan Congressional Health Policy Conference
Notes - Spouse Francesca M Hoeffel accompanied.

Travel Cost - $1,421.00
Lodging Cost - $876.00
Meal Cost - $950.00
Other Cost - $44.95
Total Cost - $3,291.95

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Greater Yellowstone Coalition, National Parks Conservation Association
Dates - February 14, 2003 - February 17, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Yellowstone National Park, WY

Purpose - Yellowstone National Park - winter use issue.
Notes - Spouse Francesca M Hoeffel accompanied.

Travel Cost - $1,852.00
Lodging Cost - $370.00
Meal Cost - $500.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,722.00

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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  • 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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    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.