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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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ROBERTS, PAT, Republican Party
Kansas

Total number of trips - 17
Total cost of trips - $64,200.46

Average cost per trip - $3,776.50
Total number of days spent traveling - 68 days
Rank of representative - 82 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Fertilizer Institute
Dates - August 10, 2000 - August 11, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - speaker at board of directors' meeting
Notes - at the Greenbrier

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $585.12
Meal Cost - $32.05
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $617.17

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Association of Crop Insurers
Dates - February 12, 2000 - February 14, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Indian Wells, CA

Purpose - speaker at annual meeting
Notes - spouse accompanied

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $1,088.76
Meal Cost - $133.59
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,222.35

Additional family members - Yes


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

Purpose - participant in conference on US policy toward Cuba
Notes - spouse accompanied

Travel Cost - $1,708.00
Lodging Cost - $2,240.00
Meal Cost - $3,240.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,188.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Ripon Educational Fund
Dates - November 23, 2000 - December 1, 2000 (9 days)
Location(s) - Rome, Italy

Purpose - participate in 2000 transatlantic conference
Notes - spouse accompanied

Travel Cost - $6,300.00
Lodging Cost - $5,600.00
Meal Cost - $1,000.00
Other Cost - $70.00
Total Cost - $12,970.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Economic Leadership Institute, Transatlantic Policy Network
Dates - December 1, 2000 - December 4, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Venice, Italy

Purpose - participate in fall meeting
Notes - spouse accompanied

Travel Cost - $262.00
Lodging Cost - $510.00
Meal Cost - $458.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,230.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - National Association of Wheat Growers
Dates - February 11, 2000 - February 11, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - speaker at wheat industry conference
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $228.90
Meal Cost - $45.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $273.90

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - International Dairy Foods Association
Dates - February 10, 2001 - February 12, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Orlando, FL

Purpose - keynote speaker at meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,078.00
Lodging Cost - $496.00
Meal Cost - $527.20
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,101.20

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Soybean Association
Dates - February 25, 2001 - February 26, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - San Antonio, TX

Purpose - keynote speaker at Commodity Classic meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost - $582.40
Lodging Cost - $226.50
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $808.90

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Society of Baking
Dates - March 11, 2001 - March 12, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - speaker at annual meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $132.14
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $132.14

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Ripon Educational Fund
Dates - August 10, 2003 - August 15, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - London, England

Purpose - Cochair of conference and speaker
Notes - Spouse accompanied

Travel Cost - $16,838.08
Lodging Cost - $1,218.00
Meal Cost - $1,256.28
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $19,312.36

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Rural Community Insurance Services
Dates - October 4, 2003 - October 5, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Nashville, TN

Purpose - Conference speaker
Notes - Spouse accompanied

Travel Cost - $55.00
Lodging Cost - $169.00
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $324.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Lincoln Club of Northern California
Dates - March 26, 2004 - March 28, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Pebble Beach, CA

Purpose - Speaker at annual meeting (spring seminar)
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $1,147.94
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,247.94

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - International Dairy Foods Association
Dates - February 13, 2004 - February 16, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - Speaker at international sweetener colloquium
Notes - Spouse accompanied

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $1,017.50
Meal Cost - $231.36
Other Cost - $366.03
Total Cost - $1,614.89

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Chicago Board of Trade, Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Dates - March 18, 2004 - March 21, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Boca Raton, FL

Purpose - Speaker and participant in the Futures Industry Association annual conference
Notes - Spouse accompanied

Travel Cost - $2,840.60
Lodging Cost - $2,184.28
Meal Cost - $613.68
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,638.56

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Foundation for Supplementary Occupation and Techniques
Dates - November 12, 2000 - November 20, 2000 (9 days)
Location(s) - Bangkok, Thailand

Purpose - Fact-finding trip. Washington, DC - Bangkok, Thailand
Notes - Spouse accompanied. Filed in end of year Financial Disclosure Record so actual costs not specified; costs include airfare, meals and lodging.

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

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Intl Dairy Foods Assn
Dates - January 8, 2005 - January 11, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Orlando, FL

Purpose - Speaker at conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,400.00
Lodging Cost - $970.00
Meal Cost - $620.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,990.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Chicago Board of Trade, Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Dates - March 18, 2005 - March 21, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Boca Raton, FL

Purpose - Speaker on panel meeting
Notes - Including spouse

Travel Cost - $3,615.82
Lodging Cost - $1,028.81
Meal Cost - $884.42
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,529.05

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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