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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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PORTMAN, ROBERT J, Republican Party
Ohio

Total number of trips - 8
Total cost of trips - $12,628.91

Average cost per trip - $1,578.61
Total number of days spent traveling - 22 days
Rank of representative - 398 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America
Dates - August 24, 2000 - August 24, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - Speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,150.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,150.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Institute, Inc.
Dates - January 24, 2002 - January 25, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - St. Michaels, MD

Purpose - house elected leadership retreat
Notes - drove car

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $113.00
Meal Cost - $77.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $190.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - World Economic Forum
Dates - February 2, 2002 - February 3, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Participated in WEF annual meeting
Notes - paid for own lodging expenses

Travel Cost - $195.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $75.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $270.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - World Economic Forum
Dates - January 22, 2003 - January 27, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - Zurich, Switzerland

Purpose - congressman participated in forum
Notes -

Travel Cost - $7,347.84
Lodging Cost - $510.00
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,907.84

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Institute
Dates - January 29, 2003 - January 31, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - St. Michaels, MD

Purpose - Republican Elected Leaders Retreat 2 nights at the Inn at Perry Cabin,
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $307.00
Meal Cost - $410.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $717.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
Dates - February 26, 2004 - February 27, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Manassas, VA

Purpose - AEI Economic Policy congressional Retreat. Robert Trent Jones Club
Notes - other: RU sweatshirt

Travel Cost - $315.32
Lodging Cost - $150.00
Meal Cost - $227.39
Other Cost - $73.15
Total Cost - $765.86

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Institute
Dates - January 14, 2004 - January 16, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - St. Michaels, MD

Purpose - House Leadership Retreat
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $306.72
Meal Cost - $593.49
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $900.21

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Institute
Dates - November 30, 2004 - December 2, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Irvington, VA

Purpose - Leadership retreat
Notes - Cannon HOB - Tides Inn, Irvington, VA - Richmond Airport

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $339.00
Meal Cost - $389.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $728.00

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.

Recent Posts

  • 11.17.14

    The Utility of a PhD

    Humanities professors at colleges and universities are re-thinking what it means to offer a PhD. The old model is proving unsustainable. It takes an average nine years to get a doctorate, but less than 60 percent of PhDs are finding tenure-track teaching jobs. This week, we look at a new report recommending academics view doctoral programs in a new light.
  • 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.
  • 11.10.14

    Radio: The Internet of the 1930s

    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.