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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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CSX Challenge - $55,969.52 spent on 30 trips
46.6% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
53.4% spent on Republican Party

BOEHNER, JOHN A - Republican Party
September 2, 2000 - September 5, 2000 (4 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Participate in Congressional Panel
Total Cost - $2,432.74

BOEHNER, JOHN A - Republican Party
May 26, 2001 - May 29, 2001 (4 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Participated in congressional panel - CSX Challenge, business and congressional panel annual meeting.
Total Cost - $3,158.95

BOEHNER, JOHN A - Republican Party
May 25, 2002 - May 28, 2002 (4 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - remarks, congressional panel for the CSX challenge (annual meeting)
Total Cost - $3,294.40

BOEHNER, JOHN A - Republican Party
May 23, 2003 - May 26, 2003 (4 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Remarks on Congressional panel for CSX board members at CSX Corporation Board meeting
Total Cost - $1,689.80

BOEHNER, JOHN A - Republican Party
May 28, 2004 - May 31, 2004 (4 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose -
Total Cost - $1,615.70

RAHALL, NICK J II - Democratic Party
September 2, 2000 - September 4, 2000 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Speak at conference
Total Cost - $1,066.36

RAHALL, NICK J II - Democratic Party
May 25, 2002 - May 27, 2002 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - participate in panel discussion
Total Cost - $405.80

RAHALL, NICK J II - Democratic Party
May 27, 2001 - May 28, 2001 (2 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - participate in CSX business challenge
Total Cost - $617.60

RAHALL, NICK J II - Democratic Party
May 29, 2004 - May 31, 2004 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - participate in CSX Challenge Panel Discussion
Total Cost - $1,040.30

BAYH, EVAN - Democratic Party
September 2, 2000 - September 4, 2000 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - To participate in a panel on The Fall Legislative Agenda
Total Cost - $912.66

BAYH, EVAN - Democratic Party
May 26, 2001 - May 27, 2001 (2 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - CSX business panel - congressional retreat
Total Cost - $323.65

BAYH, EVAN - Democratic Party
May 25, 2002 - May 28, 2002 (4 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Speaking engagement
Total Cost - $1,615.00

BAYH, EVAN - Democratic Party
May 23, 2003 - May 26, 2003 (4 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - To address the CSX Challenge Conference
Total Cost - $2,284.37

BAYH, EVAN - Democratic Party
May 29, 2004 - May 31, 2004 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - To address the CSX Challenge Conference
Total Cost - $2,645.58

BREAUX, JOHN B - Democratic Party
September 2, 2000 - September 5, 2000 (4 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - To participate in Congressional Panel Discussion titled, "Fall Legislative Agenda and how it affects the November elections."
Total Cost - $1,244.44

BREAUX, JOHN B - Democratic Party
May 26, 2001 - May 29, 2001 (4 days)
Lewisburg, WV
Purpose - participated as a member of congressional panel for a discussion of critical public policy issues
Total Cost - $2,523.09

BREAUX, JOHN B - Democratic Party
May 25, 2002 - May 28, 2002 (4 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Panel Discussion
Total Cost - $1,077.00

BREAUX, JOHN B - Democratic Party
May 23, 2003 - May 26, 2003 (4 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - gave speech to panel "what are the legislative priorities for the balance of the year and the likelihood of accomplishing these priorities"
Total Cost - $2,284.37

BREAUX, JOHN B - Democratic Party
May 29, 2004 - June 1, 2004 (4 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - to participate in panel discussion regarding the priorities of the 108th Congress
Total Cost - $3,625.36

COCHRAN, THAD - Republican Party
October 19, 2001 - October 21, 2001 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Co-sponsor(s): BP, Business Government Relations Council
Purpose - To address Business-Government Relations Council annual meeting
Total Cost - $974.00

LOTT, TRENT - Republican Party
September 2, 2000 - September 4, 2000 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - to address CSX's annual meeting
Total Cost - $2,660.44

LOTT, TRENT - Republican Party
May 27, 2001 - May 28, 2001 (2 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - To address CSX's annual meeting
Total Cost - $2,647.00

NICKLES, DONALD LEE - Republican Party
May 24, 2003 - May 26, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Speaking engagement
Total Cost - $723.54

NICKLES, DONALD LEE - Republican Party
May 29, 2004 - June 1, 2004 (4 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Legislative conference
Total Cost - $3,010.47

ALLEN, GEORGE - Republican Party
May 25, 2002 - May 28, 2002 (4 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Speaking engagement as part of
Total Cost - $1,247.00

NELSON, BILL - Democratic Party
May 28, 2004 - May 31, 2004 (4 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional panel participant
Total Cost - $3,072.47

ROGERS, HAROLD DALLAS - Republican Party
May 27, 2005 - May 31, 2005 (5 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Seminar with congressional leaders, covering a wide range of legislative issues, including tax reform, transportation and energy policy
Total Cost - $1,869.22

RAHALL, NICK J II - Democratic Party
May 27, 2005 - May 30, 2005 (4 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Speech - CSX Business Challenge Session
Total Cost - $1,342.94

DUNCAN, JOHN REP JR - Republican Party
May 28, 2005 - May 30, 2005 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Participation in panel discussions
Total Cost - $2,080.57

BOEHNER, JOHN A - Republican Party
May 27, 2005 - May 30, 2005 (4 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - To participate in congressional panel discussions on the rail industry and proposed legislative activity
Total Cost - $2,484.70

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.

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.