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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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THOMAS, WILLIAM M, Republican Party
California

Total number of trips - 18
Total cost of trips - $80,566.15

Average cost per trip - $4,475.90
Total number of days spent traveling - 42 days
Rank of representative - 57 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Commonwealth Fund
Dates - January 20, 2000 - January 22, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Aventura, FL

Purpose - healthcare conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,933.70
Lodging Cost - $839.26
Meal Cost - $357.02
Other Cost - $39.95
Total Cost - $4,169.93

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Public Forum Institute
Dates - June 1, 2000 - June 2, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Boise, ID

Purpose - healthcare speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,706.00
Lodging Cost - $80.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,786.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Blue Cross Blue Shield
Dates - November 30, 2000 - November 30, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - San Diego, CA

Purpose - tax conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,648.68
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,648.68

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Legislative Strategies Inc.
Dates - January 28, 2000 - January 28, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - healthcare meetings
Notes - transportation paid for by Legislative Strategies, meals paid for by First Union

Travel Cost - $415.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $109.80
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $524.80

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Health Industry Manufacturers Association
Dates - March 24, 2000 - March 26, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - St. Louis, MO

Purpose - healthcare speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,335.45
Lodging Cost - $396.20
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,731.65

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Paine Webber
Dates - February 27, 2000 - February 28, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - San Francisco, CA

Purpose - healthcare speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $98.40
Lodging Cost - $501.60
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $600.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Ripon Educational Fund
Dates - August 18, 2001 - August 24, 2001 (7 days)
Location(s) - Edinburgh, Scotland

Purpose - speech and fact-finding
Notes - Spouse Sharon Thomas accompanied. Other costs are for Edinburgh Military tattoo and tradistional Scottish Athletic Highland Games.

Travel Cost - $18,702.34
Lodging Cost - $2,810.50
Meal Cost - $2,272.00
Other Cost - $90.00
Total Cost - $23,874.84

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Nashville Health Care Council
Dates - April 20, 2001 - April 21, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Nashville, TN

Purpose - speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,814.50
Lodging Cost - $80.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,894.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Bond Market Association
Dates - April 28, 2001 - April 28, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $786.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $786.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Ripon Educational Fund
Dates - February 18, 2002 - February 18, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Thousand Oaks, CA

Purpose - healthcare remarks and tour of healthcare facility
Notes -

Travel Cost - $644.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $644.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Clark Consulting
Dates - April 14, 2002 - April 14, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Bakersfield, CA

Purpose - speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,847.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,847.00

Additional family members - No


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

Purpose - speech and fact finding
Notes -

Travel Cost - $515.00
Lodging Cost - $927.00
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,742.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, Vail Valley Foundation
Dates - June 20, 2003 - June 22, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Avon, CO

Purpose - panel discussions
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,060.00
Lodging Cost - $350.00
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,710.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Hearst Corporation
Dates - July 1, 2003 - July 1, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Paso Robles, CA - San Luis Obispo, CA

Purpose - fact-finding
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,256.86
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,256.86

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Enterprise Institute
Dates - February 26, 2004 - February 27, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Gainesville, VA

Purpose - panel discussion on economy and taxes
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $150.00
Meal Cost - $227.39
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $377.39

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Enterprise Institute, Vail Valley Foundation
Dates - June 18, 2004 - June 20, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Avon, CO

Purpose - Panel discussions
Notes - Dulles, VA - Avon, CO - Dulles, VA

Travel Cost - $2,570.00
Lodging Cost - $370.00
Meal Cost - $270.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,210.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Enterprise Institute, Vail Valley Foundation
Dates - June 24, 2005 - June 26, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Beaver Creek, CO

Purpose - To participate in panel discussions on Entitlements, Social Security, and Tax Reform
Notes - Dulles, VA - Beaver Creek, CO - Dulles, VA

Travel Cost - $27,233.00
Lodging Cost - $380.00
Meal Cost - $304.00
Other Cost - $45.00
Total Cost - $27,962.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Bohemian Club
Dates - July 21, 2005 - July 24, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Monte Rio, CA

Purpose - Speeches on Social Security Reform
Notes - Santa Rosa, CA - Monte Rio, CA - Santa Rosa, CA $1800.00 was all-inclusive cost for lodging and meals

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $1,800.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,800.00

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.
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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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    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.