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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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(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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SANDLIN, MAX, Democratic Party
Texas

Total number of trips - 7
Total cost of trips - $16,533.51

Average cost per trip - $2,361.93
Total number of days spent traveling - 21 days
Rank of representative - 343 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - El Paso Energy Corporation
Dates - December 3, 2001 - December 4, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Houston, TX

Purpose - keynote speaker
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,568.82
Lodging Cost - $230.00
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,898.82

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Nuclear Energy Institute
Dates - November 11, 2001 - November 13, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV - Yucca Mountain, NV

Purpose - fact finding program to Yucca Mountain, NV
Notes -

Travel Cost - $429.25
Lodging Cost - $557.59
Meal Cost - $268.86
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,255.70

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - New York Life Insurance Co.
Dates - June 19, 2001 - June 19, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost - $226.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $226.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Dates - March 15, 2001 - March 18, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - West Palm Beach, FL

Purpose - Washington outlook program
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,761.50
Lodging Cost - $1,692.91
Meal Cost - $186.68
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,641.09

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Inter-American Economic Council
Dates - January 15, 2003 - January 19, 2003 (5 days)
Location(s) - Antigua and Barbuda - Barbados

Purpose - US relations with governments of Antigua and Barbados
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,118.00
Lodging Cost - $1,659.15
Meal Cost - $139.26
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,916.41

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - NASDAQ
Dates - March 28, 2003 - March 31, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - dialogue between business leaders and government officials regarding stimulating economy
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,032.00
Lodging Cost - $1,543.05
Meal Cost - $525.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,100.05

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - I-49 International Coalition
Dates - October 23, 2003 - October 24, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Shreveport, LA - New Orleans, LA

Purpose - congressional tour of I-49 route
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,200.05
Lodging Cost - $185.00
Meal Cost - $110.39
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,495.44

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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    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.