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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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PALLONE, FRANK JR, Democratic Party
New Jersey

Total number of trips - 23
Total cost of trips - $39,948.45

Average cost per trip - $1,736.89
Total number of days spent traveling - 62 days
Rank of representative - 162 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Pancyprian Association of America
Dates - August 26, 2003 - August 28, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Cyprus

Purpose - keynote speaker at International Coordinating Committee Justice for Cyprus (PSEKA) Convention
Notes -

Travel Cost - $3,972.00
Lodging Cost - $240.00
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,312.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Indian American Friendship Council
Dates - January 25, 2003 - January 26, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Dallas, TX

Purpose - Honored guest at Indian Republic Day Celebration
Notes -

Travel Cost - $600.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $600.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - India Association of North Texas
Dates - January 25, 2003 - January 26, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Dallas, TX

Purpose - Honored guest at Indian Republic Day Celebration
Notes -

Travel Cost - $640.00
Lodging Cost - $120.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $760.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Otolaryngology Research Association
Dates - February 24, 2003 - February 24, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Daytona Beach, FL

Purpose - conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $510.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $510.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Education Foundation
Dates - August 1, 2003 - August 7, 2003 (7 days)
Location(s) - Jerusalem, Israel

Purpose - Educational Mission
Notes - Other costs not specified.

Travel Cost - $4,443.00
Lodging Cost - $748.00
Meal Cost - $377.25
Other Cost - $408.70
Total Cost - $5,976.95

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Virgo publishing
Dates - December 5, 2003 - December 6, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - speech at exposition
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $227.81
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $227.81

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Tribal Environmental Conference
Dates - April 25, 2003 - April 28, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Phoenix, AZ

Purpose - speaker at conference
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $148.50
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $148.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Indian Gaming Association
Dates - August 16, 2003 - August 17, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Minneapolis, MN

Purpose - guest speaker at conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $330.00
Lodging Cost - $200.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $530.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Virgo publishing
Dates - January 26, 2003 - January 27, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Scottsdale, AZ

Purpose - speaker at conference
Notes - travel cost shared with American Ingredients

Travel Cost - $500.00
Lodging Cost - $185.98
Meal Cost - $70.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $755.98

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Ingredients
Dates - January 26, 2003 - January 27, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Scottsdale, AZ

Purpose - speaker at conference
Notes - transportation cost shared with Virgo

Travel Cost - $700.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $700.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Friends of Canada-Armenia Public Advocacy
Dates - October 26, 2003 - October 27, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Toronto, Canada

Purpose - speak at conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $360.00
Lodging Cost - $168.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $528.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Mohegan Tribe, Uncasville, CT
Dates - October 21, 2003 - October 23, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Uncasville, CT

Purpose - USET(United South East Tribes) Conference
Notes - Other costs not specified

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $560.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $265.91
Total Cost - $825.91

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Hoopa Tribe
Dates - December 10, 2003 - December 11, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Eureka, CA

Purpose - tours of Hoopa Reservation
Notes -

Travel Cost - $27.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $27.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Cabazon Board of Mission Indians
Dates - December 10, 2003 - December 11, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Eureka, CA

Purpose - tours of Hoopa Reservation
Notes -

Travel Cost - $942.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $942.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Asian Indian Chamber of Commerce, Indo-American Society
Dates - January 4, 2004 - January 12, 2004 (9 days)
Location(s) - Mumbai, India

Purpose - to promote US-India economic relations and to receive an award from the Indo-American Society.
Notes -

Travel Cost - $5,000.00
Lodging Cost - $950.00
Meal Cost - $400.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,350.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Armenian Assembly of America
Dates - March 15, 2002 - March 16, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Boca Raton, FL

Purpose - speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $699.00
Lodging Cost - $304.74
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,003.74

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry
Dates - March 24, 2002 - March 28, 2002 (5 days)
Location(s) - New Delhi, India

Purpose - receive Padma Bhushan award
Notes - other costs include telephone

Travel Cost - $4,713.00
Lodging Cost - $573.00
Meal Cost - $30.00
Other Cost - $1,580.00
Total Cost - $6,896.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - N.H. Tribal Environmental Council
Dates - June 2, 2002 - June 3, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Reno, NV

Purpose - speech/fact-finding
Notes -

Travel Cost - $545.00
Lodging Cost - $109.00
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $704.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Penobscot and Passamaquoddy Tribes
Dates - August 13, 2001 - August 13, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Bangor, ME

Purpose - Fact finding
Notes -

Travel Cost - $843.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $843.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Armenian Assembly of America
Dates - March 16, 2001 - March 17, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Boca Raton, FL

Purpose - Speech and panel discussion
Notes -

Travel Cost - $641.50
Lodging Cost - $195.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $836.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Electric Power Supply Association
Dates - January 28, 2001 - January 29, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Palm Springs, CA

Purpose - Speech and legislative panel
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,550.25
Lodging Cost - $317.81
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,868.06

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Edison Electric Institute
Dates - January 10, 2001 - January 11, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Tucson, AZ

Purpose - Speech and panel discussion
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,571.00
Lodging Cost - $230.00
Meal Cost - $70.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,871.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Now Foods, Rexall Sundown
Dates - December 5, 2003 - December 5, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - Speech at exposition
Notes - Says transport costs were split equally.

Travel Cost - $731.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $731.00

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.
  • 11.12.14

    The Roosevelts as a political team

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