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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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EDWARDS, JOHN R, Democratic Party
North Carolina

Total number of trips - 6
Total cost of trips - $14,311.10

Average cost per trip - $2,385.18
Total number of days spent traveling - 13 days
Rank of representative - 377 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Michigan Trial Lawyers Association
Dates - May 12, 2001 - May 13, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Lansing, MI

Purpose - Keynote speaker at the Michigan trial Lawyers Banquet
Notes -

Travel Cost - $543.00
Lodging Cost - $212.75
Meal Cost - $14.86
Other Cost - $12.99
Total Cost - $783.60

Additional family members - No


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

Purpose - to attend corporate alliances summit
Notes -

Travel Cost - $6,507.00
Lodging Cost - $805.00
Meal Cost - $180.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,492.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Association of Trial Lawyers of America
Dates - July 14, 2001 - July 16, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Montreal, Canada

Purpose - Speaker at the annual meeting of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America
Notes - Montreal, Canada - New York, NY

Travel Cost - $1,534.00
Lodging Cost - $2,223.50
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,757.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Association of Trial Lawyers of America
Dates - July 20, 2002 - July 21, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Atlanta, GA

Purpose - Speech to A.T.L.A. luncheon
Notes -

Travel Cost - $479.00
Lodging Cost - $175.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $654.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Elon University
Dates - January 16, 2002 - January 16, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Burlington, NC

Purpose - to introduce Ehud Barak at Elon University all-campus convocation
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,024.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,124.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - North Carolina Economic Development Center
Dates - November 29, 2001 - November 30, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Raleigh, NC

Purpose - keynote speaker at 2001 rural partners forum
Notes -

Travel Cost - $499.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $499.50

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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    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.