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(Photos: Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library)

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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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Turner Broadcasting - $17,754.24 spent on 13 trips
87.0% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
13.0% spent on Republican Party

BOUCHER, FREDRICK C - Democratic Party
June 24, 2001 - June 25, 2001 (2 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - Conference with executive officers and legal staff of AOL- TW regarding legislation relating its on-line music distribution services
Total Cost - $910.00

FORD, HAROLD E JR - Democratic Party
January 7, 2002 - January 8, 2002 (2 days)
Atlanta, GA
Purpose - speaking -- award recipient
Total Cost - $633.99

JOHNSON, EDDIE BERNICE - Democratic Party
January 8, 2001 - January 9, 2001 (2 days)
Atlanta, GA
Purpose - Trumpet Awards and Dinner
Total Cost - $472.22

ORTIZ, SOLOMON P - Democratic Party
October 23, 2003 - October 26, 2003 (4 days)
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Co-sponsor(s): Sony Music, Altria, Pfizer, Inc., Coca Cola Enterprises Inc, Fannie Mae, AstraZeneca, Aventis, Eli Lilly Corporation, GlaxoSmithKline, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, Puerto Rico Telephone
Purpose - "Tri-Caucus Retreat" to improve relationships between member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus; the Cong. Black Caucus and the Cong/ Asian Pacific American Caucus
Total Cost - $5,736.66

WATERS, MAXINE - Democratic Party
January 5, 2002 - January 8, 2002 (4 days)
Atlanta, GA
Purpose - recipient of the "tower of power" award at the 10th annual trumpet awards, Turner Broadcasting, guest of honor at other related events over a three-day period
Total Cost - $4,371.10

BIDEN, JOSEPH R JR - Democratic Party
March 24, 2004 - March 24, 2004 (1 days)
Washington, DC
Purpose - Travel from Washington to Wilmington following an appearance on "Larry King Live"
Total Cost - $638.06

LIEBERMAN, JOSEPH I - Democratic Party
March 18, 2001 - March 18, 2001 (1 days)
Washington, DC
Purpose - Senator was guest on Late Edition
Total Cost - $103.56

LIEBERMAN, JOSEPH I - Democratic Party
May 13, 2001 - May 13, 2001 (1 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - Senator was guest on Late Edition
Total Cost - $27.50

LIEBERMAN, JOSEPH I - Democratic Party
July 15, 2001 - July 15, 2001 (1 days)
Washington, DC
Purpose - Senator was guest on Late Edition
Total Cost - $103.56

EMANUEL, RAHM - Democratic Party
August 13, 2004 - August 14, 2004 (2 days)
Los Angeles, CA
Purpose - Appearance on "Real Time with Bill Maher"
Total Cost - $2,194.89

BIDEN, JOSEPH R JR - Democratic Party
December 6, 2004 - December 6, 2004 (1 days)
Washington, DC
Purpose - Appearance on CNN Program "NewsNight with Aaron Brown"
Total Cost - $250.00

ROS-LEHTINEN, ILEANA - Republican Party
March 18, 2005 - March 18, 2005 (1 days)
Los Angeles, CA
Purpose - Live taping of HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher
Total Cost - $1,896.00

HAYWORTH, JD - Republican Party
April 19, 2004 - April 19, 2004 (1 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Appearance on CNN's Crossfire
Total Cost - $416.70

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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  • 11.17.14

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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.
  • 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.