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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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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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ROYBAL-ALLARD, LUCILLE, Democratic Party
California

Total number of trips - 5
Total cost of trips - $8,346.59

Average cost per trip - $1,669.32
Total number of days spent traveling - 20 days
Rank of representative - 452 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - National Hispanic University
Dates - June 2, 2000 - June 3, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - San Jose, CA

Purpose - Commencement speaker and recipient of honorary doctorate degree
Notes - Other expenses for graduation costs and ground transportation

Travel Cost - $517.00
Lodging Cost - $458.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $538.00
Total Cost - $1,513.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Hispanic Caucus
Dates - May 19, 2000 - May 22, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Fact-finding tour or Wall Street and visit with finance officers
Notes - Accompanied by spouse Edward T. Allard III at his personal expense

Travel Cost - $320.10
Lodging Cost - $927.27
Meal Cost - $119.99
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,367.36

Additional family members - Yes


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

Purpose - congressional Retreat 2003
Notes - spouse, Edward Allard III accompanied, other costs are for registration fees. Meals included in lodging cost.

Travel Cost - $350.00
Lodging Cost - $1,035.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $150.00
Total Cost - $1,535.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
Dates - October 24, 2003 - October 26, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Puerto Rico

Purpose - tri-caucus retreat congressional
Notes - spouse, Edward Allard III

Travel Cost - $1,388.96
Lodging Cost - $369.80
Meal Cost - $849.36
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,608.12

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - National Assn of Latino Elected & Appointed Officials Educational Fund
Dates - March 29, 2005 - April 5, 2005 (8 days)
Location(s) - Puerto Rico

Purpose - Strategic planning process Board of Directors and staff retreat
Notes - DCA - Puerto Rico - DCA Including spouse Personal expense: 3/29, 4/3, 4/4, 4/5

Travel Cost - $478.11
Lodging Cost - $706.00
Meal Cost - $139.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,323.11

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.
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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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