Did Herbert Hoover Broadcast the First Fireside Chat? Rethinking the Origins of Roosevelt's Radio Genius

  title={Did Herbert Hoover Broadcast the First Fireside Chat? Rethinking the Origins of Roosevelt's Radio Genius},
  author={Joy Elizabeth Hayes},
  journal={Journal of Radio Studies},
  pages={76 - 92}
  • J. Hayes
  • Published 1 May 2000
  • History
  • Journal of Radio Studies
The continuing importance of radio as a forum for American politics can be traced directly to the broadcasting innovations of the 1930s, particularly FDR's Fireside Chats. Although most research on the Fireside Chats emphasizes their discontinuity with previous broadcasting practices, this study investigates continuities between the Chats and earlier forms of radio speech. Using archival research and rhetorical analysis, I evaluate three key influences on FDR: the developing forms and styles of… 
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