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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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National Cable & Telecommunications Assn - $102,697.25 spent on 33 trips
37.4% spent on Democratic Party
1.7% spent on Independent Party
60.9% spent on Republican Party

BARTON, JOE L - Republican Party
May 4, 2002 - May 7, 2002 (4 days)
New Orleans, LA
Purpose - attend 51st convention and NCTA board/congressional event
Total Cost - $1,406.00

BASS, CHARLES F - Republican Party
June 8, 2003 - June 9, 2003 (2 days)
Chicago, IL
Purpose - None specified
Total Cost - $2,455.69

BECERRA, XAVIER - Democratic Party
September 17, 2003 - September 17, 2003 (1 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - NCTA/National Association of Minorities in Communication Board of Directors Meeting
Total Cost - $310.00

BILIRAKIS, MICHAEL - Republican Party
June 8, 2001 - June 11, 2001 (4 days)
Chicago, IL
Purpose - Attend educational meetings regarding telecommunications
Total Cost - $4,810.08

CLYBURN, JAMES E - Democratic Party
May 2, 2004 - May 4, 2004 (3 days)
New Orleans, LA
Purpose - participant at its annual convention
Total Cost - $2,441.10

CUMMINGS, ELIJAH E - Independent Party
June 6, 2003 - June 7, 2003 (2 days)
Washington, DC
Purpose - NCTA Cable conference and relationship building between NCTA and CBC
Total Cost - $1,702.65

ENGEL, ELIOT - Democratic Party
June 9, 2001 - June 12, 2001 (4 days)
Chicago, IL
Purpose - to participate in NCTA Convention
Total Cost - $2,993.89

ENGEL, ELIOT - Democratic Party
May 1, 2004 - May 3, 2004 (3 days)
New Orleans, LA
Purpose - participation in annual convention
Total Cost - $5,267.16

FLETCHER, ERNIE - Republican Party
May 4, 2002 - May 6, 2002 (3 days)
New Orleans, LA
Purpose - 51st annual convention -- educational meetings and exposition
Total Cost - $2,260.01

GREEN, RAYMOND E. 'GENE' - Democratic Party
June 7, 2003 - June 9, 2003 (3 days)
Chicago, IL
Purpose - To attend the National Cable and Telecommunications Association's 52nd annual convention and international exposition
Total Cost - $5,641.24

GREEN, RAYMOND E. 'GENE' - Democratic Party
May 1, 2004 - May 3, 2004 (3 days)
New Orleans, LA
Purpose - to participate in the National Cable and Telecommunications Association's annual conference
Total Cost - $4,724.57

ISSA, DARRELL EDWARD - Republican Party
May 4, 2002 - May 6, 2002 (3 days)
New Orleans, LA
Purpose - Keynote speaker at banquet
Total Cost - $2,738.09

NORWOOD, CHARLES W - Republican Party
May 4, 2002 - May 7, 2002 (4 days)
New Orleans, LA
Purpose - attend cable 2002 convention, speech at public policy lunch
Total Cost - $3,750.19

SENSENBRENNER, F JAMES JR - Republican Party
May 2, 2004 - May 4, 2004 (3 days)
New Orleans, LA
Purpose - speak at NCTA, participate in panel discussions - meet with Wisconsin cable and telecommunication representatives - attend educational sessions - view exhibits on digital and broadband services, technology and hardware
Total Cost - $5,929.60

SHIMKUS, JOHN M - Republican Party
June 8, 2003 - June 9, 2003 (2 days)
Chicago, IL
Purpose - Attend NCTA's annual convention
Total Cost - $1,031.53

TAUZIN, WILBERT J II - Republican Party
May 7, 2000 - May 8, 2000 (2 days)
New Orleans, LA
Purpose - conference
Total Cost - $1,662.00

TAUZIN, WILBERT J II - Republican Party
May 4, 2002 - May 7, 2002 (4 days)
New Orleans, LA
Purpose - conference speaker
Total Cost - $2,510.28

TERRY, LEE - Republican Party
June 5, 2003 - June 9, 2003 (5 days)
Washington, DC
Purpose - To learn and understand the current trends of the industry to be more knowledgeable about current and potential law that will affect HDTV
Total Cost - $5,114.84

UPTON, FREDERICK STEPHEN - Republican Party
June 10, 2001 - June 11, 2001 (2 days)
Chicago, IL
Purpose - Attend National Cable Television Conference and speak to Tribune Management Forum.
Total Cost - $1,822.50

UPTON, FREDERICK STEPHEN - Republican Party
June 6, 2003 - June 8, 2003 (3 days)
Chicago, IL
Purpose - public policy forum on industry issues
Total Cost - $2,882.02

BREAUX, JOHN B - Democratic Party
May 8, 2000 - May 8, 2000 (1 days)
New Orleans, LA
Purpose - To deliver speech to the 49th Annual Convention and International Exposition of the National Television Association
Total Cost - $1,477.00

BURNS, CONRAD R - Republican Party
June 10, 2001 - June 11, 2001 (2 days)
Chicago, IL
Purpose - attend national convention, fact finding, see demonstration of new technology
Total Cost - $1,163.00

BURNS, CONRAD R - Republican Party
June 8, 2003 - June 9, 2003 (2 days)
Chicago, IL
Purpose - Speaking and participate in roundtable - Montanans present
Total Cost - $2,496.84

DASCHLE, THOMAS ANDREW - Democratic Party
June 11, 2001 - June 11, 2001 (1 days)
Chicago, IL
Purpose - keynote speaker
Total Cost - $2,067.50

STEVENS, THEODORE F (TED) - Republican Party
May 5, 2002 - May 6, 2002 (2 days)
New Orleans, LA
Purpose - Participate in annual conference
Total Cost - $320.00

STEVENS, THEODORE F (TED) - Republican Party
May 2, 2004 - May 3, 2004 (2 days)
New Orleans, LA
Purpose - Remarks at Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
Total Cost - $687.00

STEVENS, THEODORE F (TED) - Republican Party
April 1, 2005 - April 4, 2005 (4 days)
San Francisco, CA
Purpose - Attend conference
Total Cost - $1,704.62

KING, STEVEN A - Republican Party
June 8, 2003 - June 9, 2003 (2 days)
Chicago, IL
Purpose - Educational, public policy
Total Cost - $4,019.13

WATT, MELVIN L - Democratic Party
April 1, 2005 - April 4, 2005 (4 days)
San Francisco, CA
Purpose - To attend the 2005 National Show sponsored by the NCTA to meet with cable providers, programmers and suppliers to learn first hand how the industry operates and their public policy concerns.
Total Cost - $8,350.05

SENSENBRENNER, F JAMES JR - Republican Party
April 3, 2005 - April 5, 2005 (3 days)
San Francisco, CA
Purpose - Speak before NCTA, meet w/executives in cable and telecom, meet w/WI members of NCTA, attend educational sessions, view exhibits
Total Cost - $3,941.42

RADANOVICH, GEORGE - Republican Party
March 31, 2005 - April 4, 2005 (5 days)
San Francisco, CA
Purpose - Annual convention/educational
Total Cost - $5,767.94

CLYBURN, JAMES E - Democratic Party
April 1, 2005 - April 4, 2005 (4 days)
San Francisco, CA
Purpose - Attend meeting with cable executives; attend annual NCTA convention, and speak at Diversity Session
Total Cost - $5,152.60

BLACKBURN, MARSHA W - Republican Party
April 2, 2005 - April 4, 2005 (3 days)
Oakland, CA
Purpose - Educational
Total Cost - $4,096.71

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.