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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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STEVENS, THEODORE F (TED), Republican Party
Alaska

Total number of trips - 20
Total cost of trips - $56,996.75

Average cost per trip - $2,849.84
Total number of days spent traveling - 68 days
Rank of representative - 107 (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. policy toward Cuba
Notes - Wife Catherine Stevens accompanied.

Travel Cost - $1,708.60
Lodging Cost - $2,240.00
Meal Cost - $1,620.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,568.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Cap Cure
Dates - September 22, 2000 - September 23, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Reno, NV

Purpose - remarks by Sen. Ted Stevens
Notes - Wife Catherine Stevens accompanied.

Travel Cost - $2,134.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $1,009.50
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,144.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Association of Airport Executives
Dates - January 6, 2001 - January 8, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Maui, HI

Purpose - To participate in the 2001 Aviation Issues conference
Notes - Catherine Stevens

Travel Cost - $4,486.96
Lodging Cost - $525.00
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,311.96

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Walt Disney Company
Dates - January 10, 2001 - January 12, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Anaheim, CA

Purpose - Participate in bipartisan congressional panel on issues before 107th Congress
Notes - Catherine Stevens

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $805.00
Meal Cost - $90.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $895.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 12, 2001 - January 15, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Grand Cayman Island, British West Indies

Purpose - To participate in a conference on US policy toward Cuba
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,887.20
Lodging Cost - $1,413.00
Meal Cost - $990.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,290.20

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - United States Telecom Association, Verizon Communications
Dates - February 24, 2001 - February 26, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Palm Springs, CA

Purpose - Speech at the USTA conference - telecommunications leadership roundtable
Notes - Verizon paid airfare

Travel Cost - $3,443.17
Lodging Cost - $717.75
Meal Cost - $103.05
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,263.97

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Fisheries Institute
Dates - October 7, 2001 - October 9, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - Remarks given to meeting of National Fisheries Institute
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $200.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $200.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Lost Tree Chapel Forum
Dates - March 2, 2002 - March 4, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - to participate in forum "Are we prepared for the war against global terrorism?"
Notes - Spouse Catherine Stevens accompanied.

Travel Cost - $1,746.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,746.50

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - National Cable & Telecommunications Association
Dates - May 5, 2002 - May 6, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - New Orleans, LA

Purpose - Participate in annual conference
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $300.00
Meal Cost - $20.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $320.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Totem Ocean Trailer Express, Inc.
Dates - August 2, 2002 - August 3, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - San Diego, CA

Purpose - Remarks given at the Midnight Sun ship christening
Notes -

Travel Cost - $200.88
Lodging Cost - $838.67
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,039.55

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Combs Aviation Co.
Dates - April 26, 2003 - April 26, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Kitty Hawk, NC

Purpose - Planning 100th anniversary of man's first flight at Kitty Hawk, NC. Visited Kitty Hawk Memorial at National Park Service
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,130.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,130.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Association of Airport Executives
Dates - January 11, 2004 - January 15, 2004 (5 days)
Location(s) - Kauai, HI

Purpose - Aviation issues conference in Hawaii. Panel discussions and debates
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,545.86
Lodging Cost - $1,712.00
Meal Cost - $400.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,657.86

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - GCI
Dates - May 2, 2004 - May 3, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - New Orleans, LA

Purpose - Remarks at Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,048.20
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,048.20

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Cable Television Association
Dates - May 2, 2004 - May 3, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - New Orleans, LA

Purpose - Remarks at Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $687.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $687.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 5, 2004 - January 11, 2004 (7 days)
Location(s) - Honolulu, HI

Purpose - To participate in a conference on U.S. -China relations
Notes - Daughter Lily attended

Travel Cost - $4,303.18
Lodging Cost - $2,010.00
Meal Cost - $1,600.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,913.18

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - April 13, 2004 - April 18, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Great Exuma Island, Bahamas

Purpose - The Congressional Program of the Aspen Institute - participate in a conference on Brazil
Notes - Spouse Catherine attended

Travel Cost - $2,907.00
Lodging Cost - $2,750.00
Meal Cost - $1,520.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,177.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Institute Inc
Dates - November 29, 2004 - December 1, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Irvington, VA

Purpose - Attend Bicameral Leadership Retreat
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $339.00
Meal Cost - $437.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $776.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Assn of Airport Executives (AAAE)
Dates - January 8, 2005 - January 11, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Kona, HI

Purpose - Participate in Annual Aviation Issues Conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $837.91
Lodging Cost - $685.20
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,523.11

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Cable & Telecommunications Assn (NCTA)
Dates - April 1, 2005 - April 4, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - San Francisco, CA

Purpose - Attend conference
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $1,704.62
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,704.62

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Catherine B Reynolds Foundation
Dates - April 30, 2005 - May 2, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Monterey, CA

Purpose - Speaker at Foundation Educational Summit
Notes - (travel completed 5/9/05)

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $2,400.00
Meal Cost - $200.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,600.00

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.

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    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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    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.