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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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Office of

Edward Whitfield


Total cost of 61 office trips: $179,406.02


Trips by Edward Whitfield
Total cost of congressperson's 16 trips: $106,368.40

Destination: TURNBERRY ISLE RESORT, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: HEALTH REFORM CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 20, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $2,637.21
source

Destination: CHICAGO, IL
Sponsor: American Academy of Audiology
Purpose: KEY NOTE SPEAKER FOR THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF AUDIOLOGY FOR THEIR MEMBER CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 16, 2000
Expense: $2,536.00
source

Destination: ROME, ITALY
Sponsor: Ripon Society and Ripon Educational Fund
Purpose: TRANSATLANTIC CONFERENCE - MTGS WITH ITALIAN GOV'T OFFICIALS
Date: Nov 27, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $9,120.00
source

Destination: RETURN FROM PEABODY COAL MEETING IN KY-01 TO WASHINGTON FOR VOTES
Sponsor: Peabody Energy
Purpose: PEABODY COAL POWER PLANT ANNOUNCEMENT
Date: Feb 12, 2001
Expense: $354.00
source

Destination: LA QUINTA, CA
Sponsor: United States Telecom Association and state affiliates
Purpose: TO ADDRESS THE USTA CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 24, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $5,258.03
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C. TO ENMBURG, SCOTLAND
Sponsor: Ripon Society and Ripon Educational Fund
Purpose: ATTENDED AND GAVE A SPEECH TO MEMBERS OF THE SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT AND THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT-SUBJECT OF SPEECH (KYOTO AND ENERGY ISSUES)
Date: Aug 8, 2001 (10 days)
Expense: $11,357.16
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO TO LA
Sponsor: Ripon Society and Ripon Educational Fund
Purpose: DISCUSSION WITH ENTERTAINMENT, TECHNOLOGY & HEALTH CARE INDUSTRY OFFICIALS REGARDING PUBLIC POLICY ISSUES FACING THESE INDUSTRIES AS IT IS IMPACT ON JOB CREATION
Date: Feb 16, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $4,732.01
source

Destination: LONDON - DOHA - ROME
Sponsor: ISLAMIC INSTITUTE AND THE QATAR CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON TRADE AND CHRISTIAN/MUSLIM DIALOGUE PARTICIPATED IN DISCUSSION ABOUT IMPACT OF WTO ON DOMESTIC COMMERCE
Date: Mar 24, 2002 (8 days)
Expense: $17,643.02
source

Destination: INTERVENTIONAL PAIN MANAGEMENT SYMPOSIUM
Sponsor: American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians
Purpose: ADDRESS THE INTERVENTIONAL PAIN MANAGEMENT SYMPOSIUM
Date: Mar 21, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $2,131.27
source

Destination: CHICAGO, IL
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: TO ATTEND THE 52ND ANNUAL CONVENTION OF NCTA AND MEET WITH TELECOM PEOPLE WHO REPRESENT THE 1ST DISTRICT OF KENTUCKY AND DISCUSS WHAT THEY WILL BE DOING IN KY IN THE NEXT YEAR
Date: Jun 7, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $5,905.07
source

Destination: FT. LAUDERDALE, FL
Sponsor: National Thoroughbred Racing Association
Purpose: SPEAK AT ECLIPSE AWARDS REGARDING HORSE SLAUGHTER PROTECTION ACT
Date: Jan 25, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,761.26
source

Destination: BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
Sponsor: Ripon Society and Ripon Educational Fund
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL/FACT FINDING
Date: Nov 3, 2004 (9 days)
Expense: $9,255.51
source

Destination: PADUCAH, KY
Sponsor: AmerisourceBergen
Purpose: TOUR DISTRIBUTION FACILITY-FACT FINDING
Date: Mar 7, 2005
Expense: $965.50
source

Destination: DOHA, QATAR
Sponsor: ISLAMIC FREE INSTITUTE AND QATAR CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY
Purpose: ATTEND FIFTH ANNUAL FORUM ON DEMOCRACY AND FREE TRADE IN DOHA, QATAR
Date: Mar 25, 2005 (6 days)
Expense: $20,132.90
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS
Sponsor: American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians
Purpose: ADDRESS CONFERENCE ATTENDEES
Date: Apr 1, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $1,121.42
source

Destination: ISTANBUL AND ANKARA TURKEY-NORTHERN CYPRUS
Sponsor: United States Association of Former Members of Congress
Purpose: LED THE FIRST US TURKISH STUDY GROUP TO MEET WITH THE PRIME MINISTER AND PARLIAMENTARIANS IN TURKEY AND WAS THE FIRST DELEGATION FROM THE US TO FLY INTO NORTHERN CYPRUS
Date: May 28, 2005 (8 days)
Expense: $11,458.04
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Edward Whitfield

Benjamin Beaton
Emily Chandler
Brent Dolen
Brett Hale
John Halliwell
Cory Hicks
Melissa Joiner
Erica Landrum
Karen Long
Jeff Miles
Michael Pape
Sandra Simpson
Lesley Stout
Jason Van Pelt



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.
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    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.
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    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.