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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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(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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SUNUNU, JOHN E, Republican Party
New Hampshire

Total number of trips - 6
Total cost of trips - $13,036.93

Average cost per trip - $2,172.82
Total number of days spent traveling - 16 days
Rank of representative - 391 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - United States Telecom Association
Dates - February 25, 2001 - February 26, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - La Quinta, CA

Purpose - to speak at USTA Telco Leadership Roundtable
Notes -

Travel Cost - $340.90
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $340.90

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Islamic Free Market Institute Foundation
Dates - April 7, 2001 - April 12, 2001 (6 days)
Location(s) - London, England - Doha, Qatar

Purpose - to speak at the Qatari-American Conference for Free Markets and Democracy
Notes -

Travel Cost - $9,000.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $9,000.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Consumer Electronics Association
Dates - January 9, 2004 - January 10, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - Speak at congressional panel at 2004 International Consumer Electronics Show
Notes - Association is at 2500 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201

Travel Cost - $774.50
Lodging Cost - $304.11
Meal Cost - $230.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,308.61

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Securities Inudstry Association
Dates - June 23, 2004 - June 24, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Keynote speaker at SIA conference
Notes - Association is at 1425 K St, NW, Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $402.34
Lodging Cost - $250.84
Meal Cost - $32.96
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $686.14

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Securities Industry Assn
Dates - November 30, 2004 - November 30, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Keynote speaker at SIA Conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $523.70
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $523.70

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Center for the Study of Popular Culture
Dates - November 11, 2004 - November 13, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Boca Raton, FL

Purpose - Keynote speaker for Restoration Weekend 2004
Notes -

Travel Cost - $534.62
Lodging Cost - $602.80
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $40.16
Total Cost - $1,177.58

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

    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.