While other presidents used broadcast radio, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was the first President to master a broadcast tool as a way to speak directly to American citizens. These broadcasts are known as Fireside Chats. During the 1930s, more people owned radios than televisions, so the best way for FDR to speak directly to the people was through these broadcasts.
During the Fireside Chats, FDR would address many different issues, including the bank crisis, his New Deal program, and national security issues during World War II. These radio addresses reshaped American presidency – influencing how the public views the President and created a direct line of communication.