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FDR Library Program To Feature Recordings By The 'First Lady of Radio'

Eleanor Roosevelt, shown with FDR, was once dubbed the "First Lady of Radio." Recordings of her many broadcasts will be aired at a special program at the president's library and museum in Hyde Park.
Eleanor Roosevelt, shown with FDR, was once dubbed the "First Lady of Radio." Recordings of her many broadcasts will be aired at a special program at the president's library and museum in Hyde Park. Photo Credit: FDR Presidential Library and Museum

HYDE PARK, N.Y. – Eleanor Roosevelt’s voice will be heard again in Hyde Park.

Known as the “First Lady of Radio,” Mrs. Roosevelt was recorded talking about the United Nations and many other public issues during some of her early Cold War broadcasts.

The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum will present those recordings in a program at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 10, in the Henry A. Wallace Center.

Hosted by Paul Sparrow, the library’s director, and led by Anya Luscombe of University College Roosevelt, the program invites attendees to unplug their mobile devices and experience Eleanor Roosevelt as listeners did in the golden age of radio.

Mrs. Roosevelt, who began speaking on the radio in the 1920s, became a prominent radio personality in the 1930s and 1940s.

As first lady, she was interviewed on countless shows, commenting on news events and public policy, and also hosted several current events programs.

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

A former BBC journalist, Luscombe’s research interests are media history and Eleanor Roosevelt's use of media.

She is the author of “Forty Years of BBC Radio News: From the Swinging Sixties to the Turbulent Noughties.”

Luscombe also wrote several articles about Eleanor Roosevelt.

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