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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Captive balloon supports a Voice of America antenna on USCGC Courier. October 1952 U.S. Coast Guard photo.

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

Senator Bourke Hickenlooper The launching of the Voice of America radio transmitting ship Courier in 1952 was an important part of the “Campaign of Truth,” the international broadcasting and public diplomacy initiative announced by President Harry Truman in a speech two years earlier. The design and the use of the

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Despite similarities between Katyn and Bucha, Voice of America is not commenting

April 13 marks the Day of Remembrance for the Victims of the Katyn Massacre – the brutal killing by the Soviet security service NKVD of nearly 22,000 Polish military officers in 1940 when Soviet Russia and Nazi Germany were still allies after their joint attack and occupation of Poland in

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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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Voice of America (VOA) 1967 USPS stamp First Day Cover (FDC) by philatelic artist Ralph Dyer in the Cold War Radio online virtual museum.

Voice of America 1967 FDC by Ralph Dyer

The hand-painted First Day Cover (FDC) by philatelic artist Ralph Dyar for the 1967 Voice of America stamp is displayed in the Cold War Radio online virtual museum. Ralph Dyar was born in Mexico in 1889 and died in 2000 in San Diego, California. A gifted artist, he produced hundreds

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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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Voice of America Polish Service Olympic Studio 1984 – Studio olimpijskie Głosu Ameryki Los Angeles-Waszyngton – Live Coverage – Archiwalne nagranie

by Ted Lipien Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo will open on July 23, 2021. Today I offer a recording from the Cold War Radio Museum to show how the Voice of America (VOA) Polish Service covered the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California.

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Captive balloon supports a Voice of America antenna on USCGC Courier. October 1952 U.S. Coast Guard photo.

USCGC Courier – Voice of America Radio Transmitting Ship (1952–1964) – A Fuller Story of the ‘Campaign of Truth’ PART II

THE SHIP WITH A CARGO OF TRUTH THE VOICE OF AMERICA’S first sea-going radio transmitter, the 5,800-ion U.S. Coast Guard cutter Courier, was termed a “valiant fighter in the cause of freedom” by President Truman in welcoming ceremonies held at Washington on March 4, marking the tenth anniversary of the

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