Today in 1933, FDR broadcast his first “Fireside Chat” to discuss the banking crisis. This is the very broadcast:[audio:F-D-R-33-03-12-FIRESIDE-CHAT-BANK-FAILURES.mp3]
Today in 1924, Calvin Cooldige became the first president to do a radio address. Although his 1924 address doesn’t appear to be in existence, please enjoy a short 1928 excerpt of Coolidge bestowing a medal on Charles Lindberg:[audio:1928-President-Calvin-Coolidge.mp3]
Coolidge went on to help create the Federal Radio Commission a few days later. It later became known as the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).