Members of the Coast Guard with the cutter Courier, a floating radio transmitter used to air messages from the Voice of America. President Harry S. Truman gave a speech that was transmitted in part through the Courier. Date: March 4, 1952. Credit: Rowe, Abbie, National Park Service, Harry S. Truman Library & Museum.

USCGC Courier – Voice of America Radio Transmitting Ship – Reception Problems and False VOA Audience Claims PART II

Changing Listener Views of VOA Programs By 1952, pro-Soviet propagandists were long gone from the Voice of America and were replaced by anti-communist refugee journalists, although as late as 1951 listeners in Poland were still complaining in letters secretly sent to the United States that VOA Polish programs were “uninteresting,

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Ukraine is today “the area of decision between Russia and the Free World” and “the one big problem” for Russia’s ex-KGB leader Vladimir Putin.

Ukraine is the area of decision between Russia and the Free World

Ukraine is today “the area of decision between Russia and the Free World” and “the one big problem” for Russia’s ex-KGB leader Vladimir Putin. By Ted Lipien Ukraine is today “the area of decision between Russia and the Free World” and “the one big problem” for Russia’s ex-KGB leader Vladimir

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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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Truman’s ‘Campaign of Truth’ at Voice of America Part I: Countering Soviet Propaganda Abroad and at Home

In a new multipart series presenting many primary sources, the Cold War Radio Museum is looking at President Harry S. Truman’s “Campaign of Truth” (1950-1952) against Soviet propaganda and at problems with its implementation at the U.S. government-run Voice of America (VOA) between April 1950 and the end 1952. The

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Voice of America Polish Service journalists accused of being anti-communist Reagan saboteurs

by Ted Lipien Kazimierz Adamski, “Dywersja Głosu Ameryki: Polska na specjalny obstalunek,” Głos Pomorza, January 9, 1986. An article titled, “DYWERSJA ‘GŁOSU AMERYKI’ Polska na specjalny obstalunek” (“‘Voice of America’ Sabotage: Poland by Special Order“), appeared in the regional Polish Communist Party newspaper Głos Pomorza on Poland’s Baltic coast on

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Crusade for Freedom: Young women tell stories of lovelessness in Kremlin-controlled countries

The 1950s “Crusade for Freedom” media publicity campaign in the United States and to some degree in Western Europe was ostensibly for the purpose of raising private money for Radio Free Europe (RFE), the U.S. government-sponsored radio station in West Germany. In reality, these private donations amounting to a few

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Radio Free Europe Started Broadcasting 70 Years Ago on July 4, 1950 – A Look at RFE Circa 1960 – Happy Birthday

Cold War Radio Museum By Ted Lipien Happy Birthday Radio Free Europe! I had lived in communist ruled Poland until the age of 16 listening to RFE Polish Service. Its broadcasts opened my mind, although as far as knowledge of history and understanding of Marxism, communism, state-run media, schools and

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‘Shouldn’t they hear both sides? Radio Free Europe 1967 ad

Cold War Radio Museum The Crusade for Freedom was the name of an advertising campaign designed to get Americans to contribute money to Radio Free Europe which broadcast radio programs in various languages to the captive nations behind the Iron Curtain during the Cold War. The ad seen here is

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1961 Radio Liberty – Radio Svoboda QSL Card

Cold War Radio Museum A QSL card sent out by Radio Liberty (Radio Svoboda) in the early 1960s showed an outline of a transmitting station building, a radio transmitting antenna tower, a map of Europe with the European part of the Soviet Union in red, a barbed wire, and sound

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