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Voice Of America Celebrates '75 Years Of Telling The Truth'

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John Kiesewetter
The Voice of America Bethany Station opened in 1944.

The Voice of America began broadcasting in 1942 to combat Nazi propaganda with accurate and unbiased news and information. The VOA is still the largest U.S. international broadcaster, reaching a weekly global audience of more than 275 million people in 40-plus languages in nearly 100 countries.

The VOA-Bethany Station in West Chester went live in 1944, and for 50 years it transmitted Voice of America broadcasts via shortwave radio to countries worldwide that lacked a free press, first in Europe and northern Africa during World War II, and to South America during the Cold War. The station was decommissioned in 1994.

Bethany Station is now home to the National Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting, which is holding a dozen free events this year to celebrate "75 Years of Telling the Truth."

Joining Cincinnati Edition to discuss the history and continued work of the Voice of America and the importance of VOA-Bethany Station are VOA White House Bureau Chief Steve Herman (@W7VOA); and National Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting Executive Director Jack Dominic.

VOA White House Bureau Chief Steve Herman will discuss "Covering the White House and the World" at the National Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting museum on Wednesday, March 6. Museum opening hours are Saturdays and Sundays from 1 - 4 p.m.

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Michael Monks brings a broad range of experience to WVXU-FM as the host of Cincinnati Edition, Cincinnati Public Radio's weekday news and information talk show.