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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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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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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Bipartisan Support for Voice of America Countering of Soviet and Communist Propaganda in the 1950s

Cold War Radio Museum In the early 1950s, the Voice of America (VOA) started to attract bipartisan support after several years of strong criticism, mostly from Republicans but also from a number of Democrats, that some of VOA’s pioneer executives and journalists hired during World War II were overly sympathetic

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

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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Stalin Peace Prize Voice of America Editor Duped by Soviet Propaganda

Cold War Radio Museum As Vladimir Putin and his propagandists intensify their campaign to falsify history and interfere in  U.S. elections, it is helpful to remember that such Russian attempts to present lies to influence American politics and media are not new.  Americans, including top political leaders and journalists, had

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Russian propaganda at WWII Voice of America

Russian propaganda influence in the United States is not new. “I established contact at the Soviet embassy with people who spoke English and were willing to feed me important bits and pieces from their side of the wire”* *Howard Fast. Being Red (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1990), p. 18. Howard

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