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FDR Library Presents Eleanor Roosevelt's Role In Radio

The program at the FDR Presidential Library and Home in Hyde Park will explore Eleanor Roosevelt's radio broadcasts and interviews.
The program at the FDR Presidential Library and Home in Hyde Park will explore Eleanor Roosevelt's radio broadcasts and interviews. Photo Credit: Facebook

HYDE PARK, N.Y. -- The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum will present "Listening to the Roosevelts: Eleanor Roosevelt, 'First Lady of Radio' at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 10, in the Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library and Home in Hyde Park.

Hosted by Library Director Paul Sparrow, in conversation with Anya Luscombe of University College Roosevelt, this program will include selected audio recordings of Eleanor Roosevelt as she talks about the United Nations and a range of public issues during some of her early Cold War broadcasts.

Attendees are invited to experience Eleanor Roosevelt as listeners did in the age of radio. This is a free, public event.

Eleanor Roosevelt became a prominent radio personality during the 1930s and 1940s. She began appearing on the radio during the 1920s, speaking about public issues on New York stations. When she became first lady she was interviewed on countless radio shows, commenting on news events and public policy. She also hosted several current events programs. In 1939, WNBC called her the "First Lady of Radio."

Luscombe is associate professor of media at University College Roosevelt, the Netherlands (in the province of Zeeland from which the Roosevelt ancestors came).

For more information about the library or its programs call 800-337-8474 or visit its website.

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