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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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Georgia Banker Association - $52,659.28 spent on 26 trips
45.8% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
54.2% spent on Republican Party

BARR, BOB - Republican Party
March 27, 2001 - March 27, 2001 (1 days)
NC
Purpose - Speech
Total Cost - $784.50

CHAMBLISS, SAXBY - Republican Party
May 26, 2001 - May 30, 2001 (5 days)
Napa, CA
Purpose - Spoke to GBA annual conference
Total Cost - $3,077.36

DAVIS, THOMAS M III - Republican Party
February 9, 2002 - February 10, 2002 (2 days)
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Purpose - address ABA legislative conference
Total Cost - $570.31

FRANK, BARNEY - Democratic Party
February 22, 2003 - February 24, 2003 (3 days)
Miami, FL
Purpose - Speech at Legislative Liaison Advisory Committee Winter Conference
Total Cost - $1,787.00

FROST, MARTIN - Democratic Party
July 27, 2002 - July 29, 2002 (3 days)
Colorado Springs, CO
Purpose - to speak to participants at the ABA's summer meeting
Total Cost - $8,245.00

GORDON, BARTON JENNINGS - Democratic Party
June 9, 2000 - June 13, 2000 (5 days)
Bermuda
Purpose - speaker-annual meeting
Total Cost - $2,762.96

HOOLEY, DARLENE - Democratic Party
February 5, 2004 - February 6, 2004 (2 days)
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Purpose - Legislative Liaison Advisory Committee Winter Conference
Total Cost - $1,897.08

LUCAS, FRANK D - Republican Party
November 13, 2001 - November 13, 2001 (1 days)
St. Louis, MO
Purpose - Speak at American Bankers Association National Agricultural Bankers Conference
Total Cost - $1,295.50

LUCAS, KENNETH RAY - Democratic Party
September 9, 2001 - September 10, 2001 (2 days)
Sea Island, GA
Purpose - To deliver a speech to the convention
Total Cost - $1,184.45

MENENDEZ, ROBERT - Democratic Party
February 8, 2002 - February 10, 2002 (3 days)
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Purpose - speech at conference
Total Cost - $2,015.00

SESSIONS, PETE - Republican Party
February 25, 2000 - February 28, 2000 (4 days)
Orlando, FL
Purpose - Address to ABA LLAC Annual Meeting
Total Cost - $3,621.34

STENHOLM, CHARLIE W - Democratic Party
March 21, 2002 - March 22, 2002 (2 days)
San Antonio, TX
Purpose - speech
Total Cost - $1,048.11

TOOMEY, PATRICK - Republican Party
February 15, 2001 - February 16, 2001 (2 days)
Tampa, FL
Purpose - speak at Legislative liaison advisory committee.
Total Cost - $1,309.53

HAGEL, CHARLES T - Republican Party
July 19, 2003 - July 20, 2003 (2 days)
Colorado Springs, CO
Purpose - speak at American Bankers Association annual meeting
Total Cost - $3,668.00

MURKOWSKI, FRANK - Republican Party
July 14, 2000 - July 16, 2000 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - speech at annual meeting
Total Cost - $1,690.45

REED, JACK - Democratic Party
February 25, 2000 - February 26, 2000 (2 days)
Orlando, FL
Purpose - speech at the annual winter conference
Total Cost - $1,977.00

BUNNING, JIM - Republican Party
September 9, 2001 - September 10, 2001 (2 days)
Sea Island, GA
Purpose - Speaking engagement
Total Cost - $1,791.80

ENZI, MICHAEL B - Republican Party
February 21, 2003 - February 23, 2003 (3 days)
Coral Gables, FL
Purpose - Convention speaker
Total Cost - $5,935.00

PRYOR, MARK LUNSFORD - Democratic Party
August 8, 2003 - August 8, 2003 (1 days)
Branson, MO
Purpose - Speech at annual convention
Total Cost - $823.00

CROWLEY, JOSEPH - Democratic Party
February 10, 2005 - February 11, 2005 (2 days)
Naples, FL
Purpose - Speech for 2005 Legislative Conference
Total Cost - $1,187.80

CANTOR, ERIC - Republican Party
February 11, 2005 - February 11, 2005 (1 days)
Naples, FL
Purpose - Speak to their Legislative Liaison Advisory Conference
Total Cost - $950.29

NEY, ROBERT W - Republican Party
July 10, 2004 - July 11, 2004 (2 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Speech to the ABA's summer meeting
Total Cost - $1,000.01

FORD, HAROLD E JR - Democratic Party
October 26, 2004 - October 27, 2004 (2 days)
Nashville, TN
Purpose - Speaking
Total Cost - $339.60

FRANK, BARNEY - Democratic Party
November 30, 2004 - December 3, 2004 (4 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - Speaking engagement
Total Cost - $834.01

CRAPO, MICHAEL D - Republican Party
June 6, 2004 - June 8, 2004 (3 days)
Tampa, FL
Purpose - Speaking engagement
Total Cost -

HENSARLING, JEB MR. - Republican Party
August 16, 2005 - August 18, 2005 (3 days)
Colorado Springs, CO
Purpose - Guest speaker at annual conference
Total Cost - $2,864.18

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.

Recent Posts

  • 11.17.14

    The Utility of a PhD

    Humanities professors at colleges and universities are re-thinking what it means to offer a PhD. The old model is proving unsustainable. It takes an average nine years to get a doctorate, but less than 60 percent of PhDs are finding tenure-track teaching jobs. This week, we look at a new report recommending academics view doctoral programs in a new light.
  • 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.
  • 11.10.14

    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.