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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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(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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Republican Jewish Coalition Florida Chapter - $26,280.02 spent on 9 trips
0.0% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
100.0% spent on Republican Party

COLEMAN, NORM - Republican Party
January 31, 2003 - February 2, 2003 (3 days)
Boca Raton, FL
Purpose - Republican Jewish Coalition Conference guest speaker
Total Cost - $2,254.00

COLEMAN, NORM - Republican Party
March 1, 2003 - March 3, 2003 (3 days)
Fort Lauderdale, FL - Aventura, FL - Palm Beach, FL
Purpose - Republican Jewish Coalition Conference and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee reception; guest speaker at both events
Total Cost - $1,449.92

COLEMAN, NORM - Republican Party
June 28, 2003 - June 30, 2003 (3 days)
Orange County, CA
Co-sponsor(s): Orange County Republican Party of California
Purpose - keynote speaker at a Republican Party of Orange County Event - Keynote speaker at RJC Events in Orange County and Los Angeles
Total Cost - $688.70

COLEMAN, NORM - Republican Party
December 16, 2003 - December 17, 2003 (2 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - keynote speaker at Republican Jewish Coalition Hanukah event
Total Cost - $500.00

COLEMAN, NORM - Republican Party
February 19, 2004 - February 21, 2004 (3 days)
Palm Beach, FL
Purpose - Republican Jewish Coalition winter meeting guest speaker
Total Cost - $555.40

CORNYN, JOHN - Republican Party
January 31, 2003 - February 2, 2003 (3 days)
Boca Raton, FL
Purpose - speaker at annual RJC conference
Total Cost - $5,200.00

COLEMAN, NORM - Republican Party
August 6, 2004 - August 10, 2004 (5 days)
Tel Aviv, Israel
Purpose - To gain insight into the US-Israel relationship and US assistance programs to Israel
Total Cost - $7,175.00

COLEMAN, NORM - Republican Party
March 12, 2005 - March 12, 2005 (1 days)
West Palm Beach, FL
Purpose - Guest speaker for Republican Jewish Coalition Winter Meeting
Total Cost - $515.00

GERLACH, JIM - Republican Party
August 15, 2004 - August 20, 2004 (6 days)
Tel Aviv, Israel
Purpose - To learn more about Israel and meet with members of its government
Total Cost - $7,942.00

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.