80 Years of VOA: Different Names of the Voice of America

80 years ago today, on February 1, 1942, the first Voice of America (VOA) radio broadcast in German may have gone on the air. There has been some uncertainty as to the exact date when in February 1942. Moreover, for the first several years, the name “Voice of America” was

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Voice of America Polish Service chief Maciej Wierzyński with First Lady Hillary Clinton at the VOA building in Washington, D.C. June 1996. Wierzynski archive photo.

Maciej Wierzyński at Voice of America – ‘the Most Frustrating Period’ in the Life of a Refugee Journalist

Maciej Wierzyński at Voice of America One of the most successful and popular Polish-American refugee journalists, Maciej Wierzyński, described his tenure at the Voice of America in the 1990s as the “most frustrating period of his life.” By Ted Lipien My successor as the Voice of America (VOA) Polish Service

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VOA Broadcasts in Russian from Munich – A Backstory

 By Ted Lipien for Cold War Radio Museum and Voice of America – Hidden History The Information Bulletin of the Office of the US High Commissioner for Germany had a short report in its June 1952 issue on the Voice of America (VOA) Russian-language broadcasts originating from Munich, West Germany,

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A 1949 Letter to Voice of America from Italy

In April 1949, someone mailed a letter from Ravenna, Italy to the Voice of America (VOA) office in Rome at Via Vittorio Veneto 62. The envelope was addressed to “LA VOCE DELL ‘ AMERICA” (THE VOICE OF AMERICA). It had no return address. It was stamped by the Italian Post

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Letters from Australia to the Voice of America in New York in the late 1940s

As the Voice of America (VOA), the United States government radio station for international audiences, observes its eightieth anniversary, it may surprise Americans who know about its existence that in its first years during the administration of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR), the U.S. taxpayer-funded broadcaster had a long period

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Secret Memos on How Voice of America Was Duped by Soviet Propaganda on Katyn Massacre

VOA officials and journalists were manipulated by the Soviet fake news offensive for many years By Ted Lipien for Cold War Radio Museum According to a declassified confidential State Department memorandum dated January 25, 1951, Charles Thayer, who from January 1948 to October 1949 had been the Voice of America

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Different Names of the Voice of America

Cold War Radio Museum By Ted Lipien   The U.S. taxpayer-funded and U.S. government-operated  international radio broadcaster established in 1942 had several official and unofficial names before it became widely known as the Voice of America (VOA) shortly after the end of World War II. In 1947, the U.S. government

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Voice of America WWII Communist Propaganda to Yugoslavia

Ted Lipien for Cold War Radio Museum Thanks to several lawmakers, both Republicans and Democrats, the U.S. Congress became aware during World War II of Voice of America’s (VOA) communist propaganda in broadcasts to Yugoslavia. Most members of Congress opposed such U.S. government-produced support for communist groups at American taxpayers’

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How Congress Exposed, Defunded and Stopped Domestic U.S. Government Propaganda in 1943

During World War II, the federal government’s Office of War Information (OWI),  where Voice of America (VOA) radio broadcasts for overseas audiences were started in 1942, produced news and factual war information, but it also produced mildly partisan and sometimes deceptive pro-Soviet propaganda for newspapers and radio in the United

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Three U.S. Presidents Publicly Rebuked Voice of America for Promoting Foreign Propaganda

Ted Lipien for Cold War Radio Museum What President Donald Trump said about the U.S. tax-funded, federally-run Voice of America (VOA) during his White House press briefing on April 15, 2020 may have been harsh, especially coming right after an earlier written statement from his White House asserting that VOA

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