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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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Trips by*

Shawn Whitman


Total cost of 9 trips: $11,908.35


Trips traveled under the office of Craig Thomas

Destination: FROM WASHINGTON, DC TO ORLANDO, FL
Sponsor: National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP
Date: Mar 17, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,434.00
source

Destination: COLORADO
Sponsor: National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP
Date: Jul 5, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,400.00
source

Destination: TAIWAN, REPUBLIC OF CHINA
Sponsor: Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce
Purpose: FACT-FINDING AND EDUCATIONAL VISIT
Date: Dec 14, 2000 (7 days)
Expense: $3,700.00
source

Destination: ELKO, NV-MORANCI, AZ-PRONO, UT-SALINA, UT
Sponsor: Gold Institute
Purpose: MINING TOUR
Date: May 30, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $2,020.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, PA
Sponsor: NATIONAL MINING ASSOCIATION & AMERICAN
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL TOUR OF TOUBOAT & UNDERGROUND COAL SERVICE FACILITY
Date: Jul 2, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $303.95
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA
Sponsor: NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF COUNTIES
Purpose: GIVE PRESENTATION OF GROUP OF NACO WESTERN STATE MEMBER STATES ABOUT VARIOUS LEGISLATIVE & POLICY ISSUES
Date: Jul 13, 2001
Expense: $199.00
source

Destination: DUCK KEY, FLORIDA
Sponsor: National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL TOUR OF UTILITY INDUSTRY AND RURAL TELECOMMUNICATION ISSUES
Date: Feb 17, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,600.00
source

Destination: CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA
Sponsor: Comptel/ASCENT
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL TRIP REGARDING COMPETITIVE TELECOMMUNICATION ISSUES
Date: Apr 4, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $708.40
source

Destination: WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WV
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: FACT FINDING AT BICAMERAL RETREAT
Date: Mar 3, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $543.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Shawn Whitman.


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.