Voice of America – 70 Years Serving the People of the World
From its start in 1942, the VOA has been providing news and information programming to people even in the furthest reaches of the world. Since 1962, the VOA Edward R. Murrow Relay Station at Greenville, NC has been providing high power shortwave broadcasts from two huge transmitter sites.
LBA is proud to be a Greenville neighbor of these facilities. The transmitter sites, Sites A and B, are located some 15 miles (24 km) north and south, respectively of the LBA offices.
VOA Director David Ensor says the international broadcast agency is aggressively moving forward with new programs that ensure it remains an “information lifeline to people in closed societies like Iran.” Ensor said the one-time cold war broadcaster is “as relevant today as it was February 1st, 1942,” the date of the first shortwave radio broadcast to Germany.”
Created by the U.S. government in the opening days of World War Two, the Voice of America has evolved into a global multi-media organization, broadcasting balanced and comprehensive news in 43 languages to an estimated weekly audience of 141 million.
The first shortwave radio transmission, spoken in German just weeks after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, began with the words “Here speaks a voice from America.” The broadcast went on to promise, “The news may be good. The news may be bad. We shall tell you the truth.”
Today, shortwave broadcasting remains a critical means of delivering information and entertainment around the world. A number of private shortwave broadcasters also operate from the United States, and many more around the world. The NASB, National Association of Shortwave Broadcasters, is the trade association for shortwave radio stations in the United States.
Since 1963, LBA Group, Inc., and its LBA Technology and Lawrence Behr Associates units, has supported the medium wave and shortwave broadcast industry with systems, components, and services. See our offerings HERE.