UNITED STATES INTERNATIONAL BROADCASTING SERVICES

In 1942, the United States government implemented a program designed to advance the reaches of America's public diplomacy efforts. The United States made its international broadcasting debut with the creation of the Voice of America (VOA). The initial goal of this service was to undermine prevalent German propaganda during World War II. As U.S Foreign Policy evolved and international controversies arose, U.S. government broadcasting services expanded to reach a wider audience. In July of 1950, Radio Free Europe (RFE) began broadcasting to Poland, Czechoslovakia, Albania, Hungary, Romania, and Bulgaria. Three years later, Radio Liberty(RL), originally named Radio Liberation From Bolshevism, went on the air targeting the Soviet Union. In 1983, under President Reagan, a service aimed specifically at Cuba named Radio Marti was created. The youngest member of the United States international broadcasting family, Radio Free Asia (RFA), was born in 1996. Although many applaud the successes of these American government stations, others protest their presence on the airwaves.

This web site explores the evolution of U.S. international broadcasting services (VOA, RFE/RL,Radio Marti,Radio Free Asia).

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