Sit down, close your eyes and let your mind form the images as you relive the golden age of radio programs. Each week we'll feature a different and exciting program in MP3 format. Just click on the radio image below to be transported back in time.

This Week


FDR Fireside Chats


Address On Constitution Day

September 17, 1937


With his Fireside Chats, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt used the power of radio to speak directly and intimately to the American people through some of the darkest periods of the Nation's history. The President greeted Americans via radio as both friend and leader with sincerity, dignity, and at times a dose of humor. One of the greatest uses of mass media in history, the FDR Fireside mobilized the home front from the Great Depression through World War II.

To reach the greatest amount of people, the Fireside Chats were broadcast on all national networks around 10:00 p.m. Eastern time. And people listened in mass. He asked that people from all walks of life write to him directly and tell him their troubles and millions of letters flooded the White House. The chats thus took the format of a conversation between a people and their president in the midst of a crossroads in the history of the United States.

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