The inauguration of Franklin D. Roosevelt as president in 1933 was a pivotal event for Robert Trout, for radio broadcasting, and for the nation's affairs in general. As official CBS announcer for the President, Trout not only narrated the Inaugural events but also described the atmosphere of crisis and hope surrounding Roosevelt's assumption of the presidency. CBS coverage of the event included an elaborate array of short-wave transmitters, roving vehicles, and even a Navy blimp to provide on-the-spot reportage from various locations of the Inauguration and parade. Decades later, Trout still recalled the impact of FDR's first words to an anxious nation: The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.
Robert Trout as Presidential Reporter, 1933.