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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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THOMPSON, FRED, Republican Party
Tennessee

Total number of trips - 13
Total cost of trips - $33,904.12

Average cost per trip - $2,608.01
Total number of days spent traveling - 32 days
Rank of representative - 189 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - International Mass Retail Association
Dates - January 22, 2000 - January 24, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Naples, FL

Purpose - speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $9,701.95
Lodging Cost - $1,567.14
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $148.00
Total Cost - $11,417.09

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - SRI International, Atomic Tangerine, Forbes ASAP
Dates - May 8, 2000 - May 9, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - San Jose, CA

Purpose - speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $3,842.00
Lodging Cost - $353.62
Meal Cost - $25.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,220.62

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Boys & Girls Club of the Smoky Mountains
Dates - May 12, 2000 - May 12, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Pigeon Forge, TN

Purpose - speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $958.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $958.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Dennis Miller Live
Dates - July 6, 2000 - July 8, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - to appear on Dennis Miller Live July 7
Notes - $260 for ground transportation

Travel Cost - $1,458.50
Lodging Cost - $125.45
Meal Cost - $260.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,843.95

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - North Carolina School of the Arts
Dates - November 10, 2000 - November 12, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Winston-Salem, NC

Purpose - to participate in the National Conference on Ethics in Filmmaking
Notes -

Travel Cost - $935.00
Lodging Cost - $359.37
Meal Cost - $96.94
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,391.31

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)
Dates - March 2, 2001 - March 5, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Palm Beach, FL

Purpose - Speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,223.50
Lodging Cost - $1,435.50
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,709.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Bethlehem Center
Dates - March 30, 2001 - March 30, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Chattanooga, TN

Purpose - Speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $727.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $727.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Enterprise Institute World Forum
Dates - July 22, 2001 - July 24, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Beaver Creek, CO

Purpose - To moderate and participate in panel discussions
Notes - travel provided by executive branch

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $320.00
Meal Cost - $160.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $480.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - First Farmers and Merchants Bank
Dates - October 12, 2001 - October 12, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Nashville, TN

Purpose - Speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $426.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $426.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - ASCAP
Dates - October 18, 2001 - October 18, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Nashville, TN

Purpose - ASCAP Event
Notes -

Travel Cost - $426.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $426.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Center for the Study of Popular Culture
Dates - August 31, 2001 - September 3, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Colorado Springs, CO

Purpose - Restoration Weekend and speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,895.00
Lodging Cost - $235.00
Meal Cost - $109.65
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,239.65

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - USA Today
Dates - October 12, 2002 - October 14, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Naples, FL

Purpose - debate at USA Today forum
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,773.00
Lodging Cost - $600.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,373.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Enterprise Institute
Dates - June 21, 2002 - June 23, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Beaver Creek, CO

Purpose - to moderate and participate in panel discussions
Notes -

Travel Cost - $3,000.00
Lodging Cost - $370.00
Meal Cost - $322.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,692.00

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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  • 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.
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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.