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President Ronald Reagan begins Saturday Morning Radio Addresses (April 3, 1982)
April 3, 1982

Moment 52: President Ronald Reagan begins Saturday Morning Radio Addresses

On April 3, 1982, President Ronald Reagan revived the tradition of radio addresses started by President Franklin D. Roosevelt through his radio addresses to the nation on Saturday mornings. Reagan's addresses were arranged by White House Communications Director Michael Deaver. Originally, Reagan was scheduled to host only nine talks. However, the popularity of the addresses was so great that it would continue for the rest of his presidency. Reagan’s goal was “To bring the facts to the people as succinctly as I can cram in five minutes.”

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