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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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WELDON, DAVE, Republican Party
Florida

Total number of trips - 12
Total cost of trips - $12,491.65

Average cost per trip - $1,040.97
Total number of days spent traveling - 30 days
Rank of representative - 399 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - House Republican Study Committee
Dates - January 4, 2001 - January 5, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Baltimore, MD

Purpose - educational
Notes -

Travel Cost - $44.00
Lodging Cost - $175.00
Meal Cost - $168.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $387.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government
Dates - January 11, 2001 - January 11, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Key Largo, FL

Purpose - Speak to bipartisan congressional Health policy conference
Notes - Location of this trip was not disclosed. Other costs are for a fleece vest and tote bag.

Travel Cost - $679.50
Lodging Cost - $873.00
Meal Cost - $386.00
Other Cost - $44.95
Total Cost - $1,983.45

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - March 9, 2001 - March 11, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - 2001 bipartisan congressional retreat
Notes - Location of this trip was not disclosed. Spouse Nancy Weldon and children Katie and David accompanied. Meal costs are included in lodging.

Travel Cost - $378.00
Lodging Cost - $1,530.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,908.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Canyonville Christian Academy
Dates - February 28, 2002 - March 2, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Portland, OR

Purpose - invitation to speak at seminar on government at daughter's Boarding School
Notes - spouse Nancy Weldon accompanied, other expenses are for rental car

Travel Cost - $686.00
Lodging Cost - $267.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $340.93
Total Cost - $1,293.93

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 - discussion of issues and agenda
Notes - with spouse Nancy - lodging covers meals

Travel Cost - $350.00
Lodging Cost - $1,035.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,385.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Mercatus Center
Dates - February 21, 2003 - February 23, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Not specified

Purpose - education on congressional issues
Notes - with spouse Joy Gartzke - no location listed

Travel Cost - $160.00
Lodging Cost - $270.00
Meal Cost - $360.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $790.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Autism One
Dates - May 28, 2004 - May 29, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - Speech at convention
Notes - Washington, DC - Chicago, IL - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $435.20
Lodging Cost - $170.00
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $655.20

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Texas Right to Life
Dates - April 19, 2004 - April 20, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Austin, TX

Purpose - Speech to members of the Texas legislator
Notes - Washington, DC - Austin, TX - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $353.95
Lodging Cost - $60.00
Meal Cost - $40.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $453.95

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Montel Williams Show
Dates - March 22, 2005 - March 23, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Purpose was to discuss the autism health issue, which Congressman Weldon has introduced legislation on
Notes - Orlando - New York, NY - Orlando

Travel Cost - $708.10
Lodging Cost - $185.00
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $943.10

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - February 3, 2005 - February 5, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Baltimore, MD

Purpose - Conservative Members Retreat
Notes - Member: DC - Baltimore - Orlando Spouse: Orlando - Baltimore - Orlando

Travel Cost - $113.40
Lodging Cost - $425.26
Meal Cost - $455.05
Other Cost - $39.41
Total Cost - $1,033.12

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Institute
Dates - January 7, 2005 - January 9, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Scottsdale, AZ

Purpose - 104th Congress Class Retreat
Notes - Orlando - Arizona - Orlando [assumed city]

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $504.00
Meal Cost - $567.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,071.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - ABC News
Dates - March 26, 2005 - March 28, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Washington, DC

Purpose - The purpose of the trip was to appear on "This Week with George Stephanopoulos."
Notes - Orlando, FL - Washington, DC - Orlando, FL

Travel Cost - $587.90
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $587.90

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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    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.
  • 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.