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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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MALONEY, CAROLYN B, Democratic Party
New York

Total number of trips - 5
Total cost of trips - $26,999.58

Average cost per trip - $5,399.92
Total number of days spent traveling - 23 days
Rank of representative - 240 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Education Foundation
Dates - August 2, 2003 - August 10, 2003 (9 days)
Location(s) - Israel

Purpose - Educational Mission
Notes - Child Christina Maloney accompanied. Other costs are for security costs.

Travel Cost - $7,486.00
Lodging Cost - $2,571.40
Meal Cost - $754.50
Other Cost - $817.40
Total Cost - $11,629.30

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Cornell Medical College, Qatar Foundation
Dates - October 8, 2003 - October 13, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - Doha, Qatar

Purpose - Rep. Maloney attended the official opening of Weill-Cornell Medical College-Qatar (Cornell Medical College is in her district). She also participated in a meeting with the Qatari Foreign Minister attended RAND-Q Conference, and met with QF Education City.
Notes -

Travel Cost - $9,965.50
Lodging Cost - $2,500.00
Meal Cost - $200.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $12,665.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Public Governance Institute
Dates - February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - Congressional retreat; discussion, planning
Notes - Meals included in lodging

Travel Cost - $175.00
Lodging Cost - $713.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $888.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Inter-American Parliamentary Group on Population and Development
Dates - November 21, 2002 - November 22, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Ottawa, Canada

Purpose - Attend Parliamentary Forum in Ottawa
Notes -

Travel Cost - $847.92
Lodging Cost - $127.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $974.92

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Hellenic Council of California Inc
Dates - March 4, 2005 - March 6, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - Mrs Maloney honored as Co-Chair of Hellenic Caucus by AHC at their Annual Dinner Dance on March 5, 2005
Notes - New York (JFK) - Los Angeles (LAX) - New York (JFK)

Travel Cost - $423.00
Lodging Cost - $339.86
Meal Cost - $79.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $841.86

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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  • 11.10.14

    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.
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    The Roosevelts as a political team

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