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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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MURKOWSKI, FRANK, Republican Party
Alaska

Total number of trips - 15
Total cost of trips - $63,519.79

Average cost per trip - $4,234.65
Total number of days spent traveling - 55 days
Rank of representative - 84 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Pacific Seafood Processors Assoc.
Dates - February 27, 2000 - February 29, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Palm Springs, CA

Purpose - speech at convention
Notes - Wife, Nancy accompanied.

Travel Cost - $5,828.00
Lodging Cost - $600.00
Meal Cost - $80.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,508.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Bankers Association
Dates - July 14, 2000 - July 16, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - speech at annual meeting
Notes - Wife, Nancy accompanied.

Travel Cost - $326.83
Lodging Cost - $1,213.62
Meal Cost - $150.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,690.45

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - U.S. Association for Energy Economics, Cleveland OH
Dates - September 25, 2000 - September 25, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - MN - Philadelphia, PA

Purpose - speech to annual conference
Notes - Wife, Nancy accompanied.

Travel Cost - $1,387.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,387.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - MGN, Inc.
Dates - February 14, 2000 - February 14, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Skull Valley, UT

Purpose - site visit. Skull Valley Nuclear Disposal Site
Notes - Wife, Nancy accompanied.

Travel Cost - $2,659.54
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $182.52
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,842.06

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 18, 2000 - February 21, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Puerto Rico

Purpose - Participant, Global Environment Conference
Notes - Wife, Nancy accompanied.

Travel Cost - $1,989.60
Lodging Cost - $1,443.00
Meal Cost - $960.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,392.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - BP, Rio Tinto, Edison Electric Institute
Dates - January 9, 2000 - January 15, 2000 (7 days)
Location(s) - London, England - Madrid, Spain

Purpose - World Energy briefings by BP, intl. Mineral Market, Forecast for 2000 and beyond briefings by Rio Tinto, meeting with Spanish Electric Association and a site visit to their nuclear plant facilities
Notes - Wife, Nancy accompanied.

Travel Cost - $2,611.57
Lodging Cost - $2,590.17
Meal Cost - $442.63
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,644.37

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Taipei Economic & Cultural Representative Office
Dates - April 16, 2000 - April 25, 2000 (10 days)
Location(s) - Taipei, Taiwan - Hong Kong

Purpose - accompanied Sen. Murkowski
Notes - Senator's travel paid by U.S. State Dept.

Travel Cost - $7,223.32
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,223.32

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Edison Electric Institute
Dates - January 11, 2001 - January 13, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Tucson, AZ

Purpose - speech and discussion panel participant at the institute's CEO meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost - $6,101.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $129.43
Other Cost - $3.86
Total Cost - $6,234.29

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Phillips Petroleum Company
Dates - March 2, 2001 - March 3, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - New Orleans, LA

Purpose - Ship christening
Notes -

Travel Cost - $3,184.80
Lodging Cost - $237.08
Meal Cost - $150.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,571.88

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Alyeska Pipeline Services Co, Era Aviation
Dates - March 30, 2001 - April 1, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Anchorage, AK - Valdez, AK - Fairbanks, AK - Deadhorse, AK

Purpose - Fact-finding trip related to the exploration development and transportation of oil and gas from the Alaska North Slope and associated communities
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,340.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,340.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - TXU
Dates - April 27, 2001 - April 29, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Big Spring, TX

Purpose - wind power tour and energy/nuclear briefing
Notes - lodging included meals

Travel Cost - $2,356.00
Lodging Cost - $1,200.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,556.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Williams Companies
Dates - April 29, 2001 - April 30, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Scottsdale, AZ

Purpose - speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $4,212.00
Lodging Cost - $335.00
Meal Cost - $200.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,747.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 29, 2001 - June 3, 2001 (6 days)
Location(s) - Florence, Italy

Purpose - conference on convergence of US National Security and the Global Environment
Notes -

Travel Cost - $6,984.92
Lodging Cost - $1,600.00
Meal Cost - $1,280.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $9,864.92

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Royal Carribean International
Dates - November 10, 2001 - November 12, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - congressional overview cruise
Notes - lodging cost includes meals

Travel Cost - $712.00
Lodging Cost - $899.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,611.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Waterfall Charitable Organization
Dates - October 19, 2001 - October 22, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Talkeetna, AK

Purpose - Alaska 2001 youth summit
Notes - lodging cost includes meals

Travel Cost - $1,673.80
Lodging Cost - $233.10
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,906.90

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.

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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.
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    The Roosevelts as a political team

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    Radio: The Internet of the 1930s

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