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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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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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DORGAN, BYRON L, Democratic Party
North Dakota

Total number of trips - 15
Total cost of trips - $17,736.45

Average cost per trip - $1,182.43
Total number of days spent traveling - 29 days
Rank of representative - 328 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - April 17, 2000 - April 22, 2000 (6 days)
Location(s) - Grand Cayman Island, British West Indies

Purpose - To participate in a conference on U.S. relations toward Cuba
Notes - Spouse accompanied

Travel Cost - $1,352.60
Lodging Cost - $2,240.00
Meal Cost - $3,240.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,832.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Consumer Electronics Association
Dates - January 7, 2001 - January 8, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - panel participant
Notes - International Consumer Electronics Show. [assumed destination]

Travel Cost - $1,480.00
Lodging Cost - $285.00
Meal Cost - $75.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,840.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Connell Company
Dates - March 12, 2001 - March 13, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Address employees of Connell Company about current legislative events in Congress at company meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost - $650.00
Lodging Cost - $318.00
Meal Cost - $25.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $993.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - University of Denver
Dates - June 8, 2001 - June 9, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Denver, CO

Purpose - deliver commencement address
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,586.00
Lodging Cost - $110.00
Meal Cost - $30.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,726.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Basin Electric Power Cooperative
Dates - September 6, 2002 - September 6, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Fargo, ND - Bismarck, ND

Purpose - To participate in the 80 Megawatt Wind Project Dedication
Notes -

Travel Cost - $664.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $664.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Democratic Leadership Council
Dates - September 12, 2003 - September 14, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Mackinac Island, MI

Purpose - DLC Retreat
Notes - other expense not specified

Travel Cost - $485.35
Lodging Cost - $567.64
Meal Cost - $248.36
Other Cost - $110.28
Total Cost - $1,411.63

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Oshkosh Truck Corporation
Dates - November 24, 2003 - November 24, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Grand Forks, ND

Purpose - Senator's participation in the Aerospace and Defense Manufacturing Roundtable in Grand Forks, ND
Notes - Grand Forks, ND - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $1,585.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,585.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Basin Electric Power Cooperative
Dates - December 2, 2003 - December 2, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Bismarck, ND - Fargo, ND

Purpose - Senator's participation in Energy Legislative Meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost - $345.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $345.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Consumer Electronics Association
Dates - January 8, 2004 - January 9, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - Participate in the Consumer Electronics Show and meetings to discuss innovations in technology
Notes -

Travel Cost - $84.00
Lodging Cost - $304.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $388.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Basin Electric Power Cooperative
Dates - September 16, 2002 - September 16, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Fargo, ND - Bismarck, ND

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes - Filed in end of year Financial Disclosure form so actual cost not listed. Cost was for air travel from Fargo to Bismarck.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost -

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Basin Electric Power Cooperative
Dates - November 6, 2002 - November 6, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Bismarck, ND - Fargo, ND

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes - Filed in end of year Financial Disclosure form so actual cost not listed. Cost was for air travel from Bismarck to Fargo.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost -

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Central Power Electric Cooperative
Dates - November 6, 2002 - November 6, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Fargo, ND - Minot, ND

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes - Filed in end of year Financial Disclosure form so actual cost not listed. Cost was for air travel from Fargo to Minot.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost -

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Midwest Electric Consumers Association
Dates - December 10, 2002 - December 10, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Denver, CO

Purpose - Speaking engagement. Fargo, ND - Denver, CO - Washington, DC
Notes - Filed in end of year Financial Disclosure form so actual costs not listed. Cost was for air travel.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost -

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Comcast Corp
Dates - January 14, 2005 - January 17, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Denver, CO

Purpose - Tour Comcast Media Center to review advancements in video on demand technology and technology used to deliver digital cable to rural areas
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,069.22
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,069.22

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Oshkosh Truck Corp
Dates - August 21, 2004 - August 21, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Washington, DC

Purpose - Participate in the National Guard 957th Bridge Company Welcome Home Event
Notes - Bismarck, ND - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $882.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $882.00

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

  • 11.24.14

    Academic Fraud and College Athletics

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  • 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.
  • 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.