CBS Microphone, 1930s

Photo: Hugh Talman, Smithsonian
April 17, 2012
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CBS microphone
Photo: Hugh Talman, Smithsonian

This microphone was used by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to broadcast radio addresses, known as “fireside chats.” Through times of crisis such as the Great Depression and World War II, Roosevelt broadcast more than 30 fireside chats between 1933 and 1944 and developed an intimate, reassuring rapport with the American people that helped build confidence in his leadership.

 

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