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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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RILEY, BOB, Republican Party
Alabama

Total number of trips - 5
Total cost of trips - $37,385.62

Average cost per trip - $7,477.12
Total number of days spent traveling - 28 days
Rank of representative - 171 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office
Dates - August 9, 2000 - August 13, 2000 (5 days)
Location(s) - Hong Kong

Purpose - To discuss trade relations
Notes - Spouse Patsy Riley accompanied

Travel Cost - $2,742.00
Lodging Cost - $875.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $134.00
Total Cost - $3,751.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Vision Technologies
Dates - August 4, 2000 - August 9, 2000 (6 days)
Location(s) - Singapore

Purpose - To discuss economic development and trade issues
Notes - Spouse Patsy Riley accompanied

Travel Cost - $15,472.00
Lodging Cost - $824.00
Meal Cost - $400.00
Other Cost - $706.00
Total Cost - $17,402.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce
Dates - August 13, 2000 - August 17, 2000 (5 days)
Location(s) - Taiwan

Purpose - Fact-finding
Notes - Spouse Patsy Riley accompanied

Travel Cost - $1,400.00
Lodging Cost - $355.00
Meal Cost - $240.00
Other Cost - $134.00
Total Cost - $2,129.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - General Atomics
Dates - May 25, 2001 - June 3, 2001 (10 days)
Location(s) - Moscow, Russia - St. Petersburg, Russia

Purpose - to inspect the former Soviet Union's compliance with an international treaty to dispose of chemical weapons and to speak with scientists formerly employed in the Soviet Union's nuclear weapons program
Notes - spouse: Patsy Riley under other expenses -- 421 = local transportation, 231, visa processing, 190 -- same for spouse

Travel Cost - $9,834.00
Lodging Cost - $1,344.00
Meal Cost - $690.00
Other Cost - $842.00
Total Cost - $12,710.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - NASDAQ
Dates - May 20, 2001 - May 21, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - educational visit to NASDAQ Stock Market, participation in opening of NASDAQ Stock Market
Notes - spouse: Patsy Riley

Travel Cost - $1,058.68
Lodging Cost - $290.80
Meal Cost - $44.14
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,393.62

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.