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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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MEEHAN, MARTIN T, Democratic Party
Massachusetts

Total number of trips - 5
Total cost of trips - $16,256.20

Average cost per trip - $3,251.24
Total number of days spent traveling - 15 days
Rank of representative - 346 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Campaign for America, Campaign Reform Project
Dates - June 16, 2001 - June 19, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - legislative luncheon
Notes -

Travel Cost - $3,653.00
Lodging Cost - $687.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,340.00

Additional family members - No


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

Purpose - Spouse Ellen Murphy Meehan accompanied.
Notes - Spouse Ellen Murphy Meehan

Travel Cost - $252.00
Lodging Cost - $950.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,202.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Faith and Politics Institute
Dates - March 7, 2003 - March 9, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - AL

Purpose - congressional civil rights pilgrimage
Notes - Spouse Ellen Meehan and infant Daniel accompanied. Member paid $1000 towards cost of trip. Other costs are entry fees.

Travel Cost - $960.00
Lodging Cost - $536.00
Meal Cost - $250.00
Other Cost - $80.00
Total Cost - $1,826.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Leon and Sylvia Panetta Institute of Public Policy
Dates - November 7, 2003 - November 9, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - San Francisco, CA

Purpose - Cong. Meehan was awarded the Panetta Institute's Jefferson Lincoln Award for Public Service
Notes - accompanying spouse, Ellen Murphy Meehan

Travel Cost - $7,757.00
Lodging Cost - $660.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,417.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Discovery Communications
Dates - May 16, 2004 - May 17, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Boston, MA - New York, NY

Purpose - campaign finance reform television taping
Notes - other expenses were car service

Travel Cost - $197.20
Lodging Cost - $220.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $54.00
Total Cost - $471.20

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

    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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