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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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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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Club of Growth - $32,692.24 spent on 17 trips
7.3% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
92.7% spent on Republican Party

AKIN, GARY - Democratic Party
February 20, 2004 - February 22, 2004 (3 days)
West Palm Beach. FL
Purpose - Speaking request
Total Cost - $2,379.80

SHADEGG, JOHN B - Republican Party
February 19, 2004 - February 21, 2004 (3 days)
Palm Beach, FL
Purpose - educational
Total Cost - $1,380.40

NICKLES, DONALD LEE - Republican Party
February 20, 2004 - February 22, 2004 (3 days)
Palm Beach, FL
Purpose - Congressional Seminar
Total Cost - $3,647.80

SHADEGG, JOHN B - Republican Party
March 11, 2005 - March 12, 2005 (2 days)
Fort Myers, FL
Purpose - Educational purpose
Total Cost - $1,411.00

RYAN, PAUL D - Republican Party
March 4, 2005 - March 14, 2005 (11 days)
Fort Lauderdale, FL - Naples, FL
Purpose - Panel participation on Social Security
Total Cost - $2,667.44

PEARCE, STEVE - Republican Party
March 11, 2005 - March 12, 2005 (2 days)
Fort Myers, FL
Purpose - Participated in a panel discussion on urgent political and economic issues of the day for CFG's winter conference
Total Cost - $1,822.80

MCMORRIS, CATHY - Republican Party
March 11, 2005 - March 13, 2005 (3 days)
Fort Myers, FL
Purpose - Winter conference
Total Cost - $2,031.40

MCHENRY, PATRICK TIMOTHY - Republican Party
March 11, 2005 - March 13, 2005 (3 days)
Naples, FL
Purpose - Speaking engagement, and informational speaker on a series of panels
Total Cost - $1,876.90

ISTOOK, ERNEST J JR - Republican Party
March 10, 2005 - March 13, 2005 (4 days)
Fort Myers, FL
Purpose - Attend and participate in the Club for Growth's Economic Winter Conference
Total Cost - $2,859.30

BLACKBURN, MARSHA W - Republican Party
March 11, 2005 - March 13, 2005 (3 days)
Fort Myers, FL
Purpose - Speaking at the Club for Growth Annual Conference
Total Cost - $1,934.40

FLAKE, JEFF - Republican Party
March 11, 2005 - March 12, 2005 (2 days)
Fort Myers, FL
Purpose - To take part in a panel for a Club of Growth Conference
Total Cost - $1,406.60

REICHERT, DAVID CONGRESSMAN - Republican Party
March 11, 2005 - March 13, 2005 (3 days)
FL
Purpose - The congressman spoke on Tort Reform for their Economic Forum
Total Cost - $2,536.80

BLACKBURN, MARSHA W - Republican Party
February 20, 2004 - February 21, 2004 (2 days)
West Palm Beach, FL
Purpose - Speaking to Conference
Total Cost - $1,328.60

FLAKE, JEFF - Republican Party
February 20, 2004 - February 21, 2004 (2 days)
Palm Beach, FL
Purpose - To participate in a Club for Growth conference event
Total Cost - $1,729.00

KENNEDY, MARK RAYMOND - Republican Party
March 10, 2005 - March 14, 2005 (5 days)
FL
Purpose - To speak on current issues before Congress (Tort reform and Social Security)
Total Cost - $1,880.00

KENNEDY, MARK RAYMOND - Republican Party
February 20, 2004 - February 22, 2004 (3 days)
West Palm Beach, FL
Purpose - To speak on current issues before Congress
Total Cost - $1,800.00

PAUL, RONALD E. - Republican Party
February 20, 2004 - February 22, 2004 (3 days)
Palm Beach, FL
Purpose - not specified
Total Cost -

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.