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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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Maritime Trades Department AFL-CIO - $28,099.60 spent on 12 trips
79.1% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
20.9% spent on Republican Party

ABERCROMBIE, NEIL - Democratic Party
February 8, 2001 - February 9, 2001 (2 days)
Los Angeles, CA
Purpose - Speech
Total Cost - $2,724.15

BONIOR, DAVID - Democratic Party
February 11, 2000 - February 15, 2000 (5 days)
New Orleans, LA
Purpose - Speaking engagements
Total Cost - $2,554.75

CLYBURN, JAMES E - Democratic Party
March 4, 2004 - March 6, 2004 (3 days)
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Purpose - keynote speaker for Maritime Trades Department's Meeting
Total Cost - $1,453.89

DICKS, NORM D - Democratic Party
February 8, 2001 - February 12, 2001 (5 days)
Los Angeles, CA
Purpose - To address annual AEL-CIO Maritime Trades Conference
Total Cost - $2,644.90

GREEN, RAYMOND E. 'GENE' - Democratic Party
March 4, 2004 - March 5, 2004 (2 days)
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Purpose - to participate in the maritime trades department executive board meeting
Total Cost - $1,580.00

MENENDEZ, ROBERT - Democratic Party
February 19, 2003 - February 22, 2003 (4 days)
Miami, FL
Purpose - Speak at Conference
Total Cost - $625.50

RAHALL, NICK J II - Democratic Party
February 10, 2000 - February 11, 2000 (2 days)
New Orleans, LA
Purpose - Speak at meeting
Total Cost - $1,700.65

WEYGAND, BOB - Democratic Party
February 10, 2000 - February 13, 2000 (4 days)
New Orleans, LA
Co-sponsor(s): Seafarers
Purpose - to address conference participants and foster relations w/ membership
Total Cost - $4,040.40

YOUNG, DON E - Republican Party
February 19, 2003 - February 23, 2003 (5 days)
Miami, FL
Purpose - MTD Exec Board Convention and presentation
Total Cost - $5,863.79

DICKS, NORM D - Democratic Party
February 24, 2005 - February 25, 2005 (2 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Guest speaker to executive board to provide insight on the Legislative issues of concern to the American Maritime industry.
Total Cost - $755.87

THOMPSON, BENNIE G - Democratic Party
February 24, 2005 - February 24, 2005 (1 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Featured speaker to the Executive Board of the Maritime Trade Department
Total Cost - $1,038.90

JEFFERSON, WILLIAM JENNINGS - Democratic Party
February 24, 2005 - February 27, 2005 (4 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Attend Maritime Trades Department Executive Board meeting and give speech on legislation affecting Maritime industry
Total Cost - $3,116.80

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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  • 11.10.14

    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.