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(Photos: Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library)

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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*

Bill Wichterman


Total cost of 17 trips: $15,585.20


Trips traveled under the office of Bill Frist

Destination: NASHVILLE, TN
Sponsor: RIAA AND GMA
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Apr 10, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $828.00
source

Destination: PORTLAND, MAINE
Sponsor: Ethics and Public Policy Center
Purpose: EDUCATION CONFERENCE
Date: Sep 21, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,100.00
source

Destination: WASH, DC-MONTGOMERY, AL-BIRMINGHAM, AL-NASHVILLE, TN
Sponsor: Faith & Politics Institute
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Feb 13, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,093.00
source

Destination: PHILA, PA
Sponsor: Mercatus Center at George Mason University
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Feb 20, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $600.00
source

Destination: NASHVILLE
Sponsor: Recording Industry Association of America
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Apr 28, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,064.00
source

Destination: ST. MICHAELS, MD
Sponsor: Prison Fellowship Ministries
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL TRIP
Date: Sep 3, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $600.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: Recording Industry Association of America
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL TRIP
Date: Mar 14, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $648.00
source

Destination: ST. MICHAELS, MD
Sponsor: Trinity Forum
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL CONFERENCE
Date: Apr 29, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $400.00
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES
Sponsor: FAITH & LAW
Purpose: SPEAKING AND EDUCATIONAL
Date: Dec 9, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $593.00
source


Trips traveled under the office of Joseph Pitts

Destination: OSPREY POINT, ROYAL OAK, MD
Sponsor: WILBERFORCE FORUM (PRISON FELLOWSHIP), AND FAITH & LAW
Purpose: EDUCATION/POLICY DISCUSSIONS
Date: Aug 25, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,276.00
source

Destination: STRATEGY FOR 107TH CONGRESS - MEETINGS
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: STRATEGY MEETINGS
Date: Nov 30, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $282.00
source

Destination: NASHVILLE, TN
Sponsor: Recording Industry Association of America
Purpose: MUSIC INDUSTRY BRIEFINGS
Date: Apr 26, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $875.00
source

Destination: CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: PLANNING RETREAT
Date: May 30, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $324.00
source

Destination: CHICAGO
Sponsor: Prison Fellowship Ministries
Purpose:
Date: Jun 8, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,002.00
source

Destination: ISRAEL
Sponsor: American Jewish Committee
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jun 30, 2001 (8 days)
Expense: $3,647.00
source

Destination: ST. MICHAELS, MD
Sponsor: WILBERFORCE FORUM (PRISON FELLOWSHIP) AND FAITH & LAW
Purpose: EXPLORATION OF LEGISLATIVE MEANS OF CULTURAL RENEWAL
Date: Aug 31, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $863.20
source

Destination: BUFFALO, NY
Sponsor: Houghton College
Purpose: SPEAKING TO STUDENTS
Date: Apr 4, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $390.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Bill Wichterman.


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.