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 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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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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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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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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Cold War Lessons for Voice of America in China

Cold War Radio Museum During the Cold War, it would have been unthinkable for the United States government to put in charge of U.S. international broadcasting through the Voice of America (VOA) an American businessman like Armand Hammer who had made millions for his company in various business deals with

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