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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Voice of America Doctor Who Brought AIDS Information to USSR and Saved Lives

By Ted Lipien for Cold War Radio Museum At one time during the Cold War, the taxpayer-funded, U.S. government-run broadcaster, the Voice of America (VOA), helped to save the Soviet Union from the danger of ignoring the AIDS epidemic. VOA brought AIDS for the first time to the attention of

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Kirk Douglas on Radio Free Europe and Voice of America

By Ted Lipien As Putin’s propagandists are again spreading lies around the world and trying to undermine American democracy, it would have been useful for the Voice of America (VOA) to have mentioned in a short VOA obituary for Hollywood actor and producer Kirk Douglas his defense of free speech behind the

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Radio Free Europe Fundraising During the Cold War

This Cold War Radio Museum updated post covers Radio Free Europe advertising as well as a specific example of fundraising through the Federal Service Joint Crusade Campaigns in 1963. RADIO FREE EUROPE   80,000,000   Captive People Are Depending On You   The Communist-dominated people of Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Romania

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Radio Free Europe’s 10th anniversary—a success story

For Cold War Radio Museum By TED LIPIEN As described by Sig Mickelson in his 1983 book America’s Other Voice: The Story of Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty, Radio Free Europe began broadcasting behind the Iron Curtain on July 4, 1950. On July 4, 1950, only 13 months after

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Voice of America? – Why The Question Mark?

In 1948, U.S. senators called VOA programs “ridiculous,” “unjustified” and “deplorable.” Liberal, moderate, and conservative lawmakers, some of whom even accused the Voice of America of “slander” and “libel” in how several U.S. states were described in radio programs acquired from NBC under a government contract, did not seek to

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1953 CIA Source: People Died in Czechoslovakia Because of Pro-Communist Propaganda from Voice of America

OPINION AND ANALYSIS Cold War Radio Museum By Ted Lipien Note: The article has been updated to include information that Heda Margolius Kovály had worked in the 1970s as a freelance reporter for the Voice of America Czechoslovak Service under a radio name Kaca Kralova. A declassified CIA report from

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The Year 1968 in the History of Samizdat

  Cold War Radio Museum   The recent death of Russian human rights activist Lyudmila Alexeyeva brings into focus not only her contributions to improving the lives of millions of people but also the historic role played by the American-supported Radio Liberty (RL), which together with its sister station, Radio

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Advertising for Radio Free Europe During the Cold War

        This ad for Radio Free Europe was placed in American magazines in 1969 toward the end of the CIA’s involvement with Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty. Such advertising by Radio Free Europe in American media would also soon end. This particular ad, as opposed to

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