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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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BYRD, ROBERT C, Democratic Party
West Virginia

Total number of trips - 6
Total cost of trips - $698.00

Average cost per trip - $116.33
Total number of days spent traveling - 12 days
Rank of representative - 609 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Roosevelt Institute
Dates - November 14, 2003 - November 15, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Hyde Park, NY

Purpose - Speaking engagement at freedom awards ceremony
Notes -

Travel Cost - $283.00
Lodging Cost - $140.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $423.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Nation Institute
Dates - December 14, 2003 - December 14, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost - $275.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $275.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - WW Norton & Co
Dates - July 25, 2004 - July 28, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY - Boston, MA

Purpose - Book event
Notes - Washington, DC - New York, NY - Boston, MA - Washington, DC 7/26 and 7/27 overnight stay was sponsored by Boston 2004 Host Committee This information is from a Senate personal financial disclosure report and does not include dollar amounts.

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

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Boston 2004 Host, Boston 2004 Host Committee
Dates - July 26, 2004 - July 28, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Boston, MA

Purpose - not specified
Notes - This information is from a Senate personal financial disclosure report and does not include dollar amounts.

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

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - WW Norton & Co
Dates - October 12, 2004 - October 12, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Boston, MA

Purpose - Kennedy Library book event
Notes - Washington, DC - Boston, MA - Washington, DC This information is from a Senate personal financial disclosure report and does not include dollar amounts.

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

Additional family members - NO


Sponsor(s) - WW Norton & Co
Dates - October 27, 2004 - October 27, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Philadelphia, PA

Purpose - Book event National Constitution Center
Notes - Washington, DC - Philadelphia - Washington, DC This information is from a Senate personal financial disclosure report and does not include dollar amounts.

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

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.