A little more than seven weeks after the United States officially entered World War II, a live, 15 minutes shortwave radio broadcast was transmitted into Germany from a small studio in New York City on February 1, 1942.
It was introduced by the American patriotic song “The Battle Hymn of the Republic”. Then, announcer William Harlan Hale’s voice could be heard saying: “We bring you Voices from America. Today, and daily from now on, we shall speak to you about America and the war. The news may be good for us. The news may be bad. But we shall tell you the truth.”
That was the very first broadcast from what, 75 years later, is now the Washington-headquartered Voice of America.
By the end of the war, VOA (Voice of America) was broadcasting in 40 languages, with programming consisting of music, news and commentary. | Check out more information on our VOA 75th anniversary page.