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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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WHITFIELD, ED, Republican Party
Kentucky

Total number of trips - 15
Total cost of trips - $100,463.35

Average cost per trip - $6,697.56
Total number of days spent traveling - 73 days
Rank of representative - 36 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - American Academy of Audiology
Dates - March 16, 2000 - March 16, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - key note speaker for the American Academy of audiology for their members conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,524.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $12.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,536.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Ripon Educational Fund
Dates - November 27, 2000 - December 2, 2000 (6 days)
Location(s) - Rome, Italy

Purpose - TransAtlantic Conference-MTGS with Italian govt officials
Notes - spouse, Constance Harriman; under other expenses-non-travel expenses provided

Travel Cost - $6,300.00
Lodging Cost - $1,750.00
Meal Cost - $1,000.00
Other Cost - $70.00
Total Cost - $9,120.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government
Dates - January 20, 2000 - January 23, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Aventura, FL

Purpose - healthy reform conference
Notes - spouse, Constance

Travel Cost - $826.46
Lodging Cost - $1,258.88
Meal Cost - $511.92
Other Cost - $39.95
Total Cost - $2,637.21

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - United States Telephone Association Leadership roundtable
Dates - February 24, 2001 - February 26, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - La Quinta, CA

Purpose - to address the USTA conference
Notes - Location of this trip was not disclosed. Spouse Constance Harriman accompanied.[assumed destination]

Travel Cost - $4,614.75
Lodging Cost - $340.90
Meal Cost - $302.38
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,258.03

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Ripon Educational Fund
Dates - August 8, 2001 - August 18, 2001 (11 days)
Location(s) - Scotland

Purpose - speech to members of Scottish Parliament and the European Parliament on Kyoto and energy issues
Notes - Spouse Constance Harriman accompanied. August 8 - August 11 at personal expense.

Travel Cost - $7,462.16
Lodging Cost - $2,409.00
Meal Cost - $1,136.00
Other Cost - $350.00
Total Cost - $11,357.16

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Peabody Coal
Dates - February 12, 2001 - February 12, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Washington, DC

Purpose - Return from Peabody coal meeting in KY-01 to Washington DC for votes.
Notes -

Travel Cost - $354.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $354.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Islamic Free Market Institute Foundation, Qatar Chamber of Commerce
Dates - March 24, 2002 - April 1, 2002 (9 days)
Location(s) - London, England - Doha, Qatar - Rome, Italy

Purpose - conference on trade and Christian/Muslim dialogue. Participated in discussion about impact of WTO on domestic commerce.
Notes - spouse Constance Harriman accompanied. March 28-April 1 at personal expense.

Travel Cost - $15,933.02
Lodging Cost - $1,350.00
Meal Cost - $360.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $17,643.02

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Ripon Educational Fund
Dates - February 16, 2002 - February 19, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - discussion with entertainment, technology and healthcare industry officials regarding public policy issues facing these industries as it is impact on job creation.
Notes - spouse Constance Harriman accompanied

Travel Cost - $3,579.38
Lodging Cost - $498.18
Meal Cost - $654.46
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,732.02

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians
Dates - March 21, 2003 - March 22, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Not specified

Purpose - address the Interventional Pain Management Symposium
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,690.50
Lodging Cost - $390.77
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,131.27

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Thoroughbred Racing Association
Dates - January 25, 2004 - January 27, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Purpose - Speak at Eclipse Awards regarding horse slaughter protection Act
Notes - spouse - Constance Harriman - other costs - taxi and rental car

Travel Cost - $1,092.40
Lodging Cost - $78.22
Meal Cost - $400.00
Other Cost - $190.65
Total Cost - $1,761.27

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Ripon Society
Dates - November 3, 2004 - November 12, 2004 (10 days)
Location(s) - Budapest, Hungary

Purpose - Educational/fact finding
Notes - DC - Budapest, Hungary - DC Personal Expense 11/4 to 11/7 classified as CODEL for side trip

Travel Cost - $6,925.02
Lodging Cost - $1,208.60
Meal Cost - $905.05
Other Cost - $216.84
Total Cost - $9,255.51

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - AmerisourceBergen
Dates - March 7, 2005 - March 7, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - Paducah, KY

Purpose - Tour distribution facility - fact finding
Notes - Washington - Paducah, KY - Washington

Travel Cost - $955.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $10.50
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $965.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians
Dates - April 1, 2005 - April 2, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - New Orleans, LA

Purpose - Address conference attendees
Notes - Washington, DC - New Orleans - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $838.39
Lodging Cost - $233.03
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,121.42

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Islamic Free Institute, Qatar Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Dates - March 25, 2005 - March 31, 2005 (7 days)
Location(s) - Doha, Qatar

Purpose - Attend fifth annual forum on Democracy and free trade in Doha, Qatar
Notes - Washington, DC - Doha, Qatar - Washington, DC Personal Expense: 3/25 - 3/28 Including spouse

Travel Cost - $19,532.90
Lodging Cost - $500.00
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $20,132.90

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - US Assn of Former Members of Congress Congressional Study Group on Turkey
Dates - May 28, 2005 - June 5, 2005 (9 days)
Location(s) - Istanbul, Turkey - Ankara, Turkey - Northern Cyprus

Purpose - Led the first US Turkish study group to meet with the Prime Minister and Parliamentarians in Turkey and was the first delegation from the US to fly into Northern Cyprus
Notes - DC - Istanbul and Ankara, Turkey - Northern Cyprus - DC Including spouse

Travel Cost - $8,990.04
Lodging Cost - $1,684.00
Meal Cost - $784.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $11,458.04

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.

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.