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Voice of America When German leader Adolf Hitler began to use powerful radio stations to send his hate propaganda into Europe, the U.S. 2331 W. Market St., Troy • 937.339.4800 government countered with the truth. Voice of America radio All-You-Can-Eat Soup & Salad began broadcasting in 1942. $7.99 Monday-Friday 11am-4pm As World War II engulfed the globe, the U.S. government wanted The North Central Ohio more of the world to hear its Voice of America programs. Bigger Solid Waste District radio transmission facilities were needed, and they were built by "Promoting Greater Participation Cincinnati broadcaster Powel Crosley Jr., owner of Cincinnati’s pioneering WLW station. in Recycling" In September 1944, an announcer stepped in front of a microphone and announced, “We will speak to you about STOP SMOKING Present America and the war. The news may be good, or it may be bad, in just ONE sesson! this coupon for Before your session learn about hypnosis: but we will tell you the truth.” That short speech was the start of • How it lowers stress $ • How hypnosis is 100% safe 15 OFF the Voice of America radio broadcasts from the Bethany Station • How you are always in control reg. price single • How you feel under hypnosis private transmission facilities in Union Township in Butler County. Ohio • Weight Control included in session! session • continued to be the home of the broadcasting service’s MIAMI VALLEY HYPNOSIS 332-8700 transmitters until November 14, 1994, when Voice of America switched to satellite transmissions. Soon after the Ohio operations began, the broadcast studios moved to Washington, D.C., but the transmitter was thought to be safer located in the midst of Ohio farm fields. RANDY HARVEY Lawncare Manager (937) 335-6418 Then—and now—those Ohio transmitters were some of the (Ohio) 1-800-237-5296 625 Olympic Dr. Fax (937) 339-7952 Troy, Ohio 45373 most powerful in the world. Today, the largest commercial radio Memory Lane stations typically send out 50,000-watt signals. Back then, the of America transmitters could produce a signal of 500,000 Antiques, LLC Voice to 600,000 watts—10 to 12 times stronger. 128 East Poplar Street All of that power came with a few problems. Some of them seem Sidney, Ohio 45365 funny today. People with metal dental work in their mouths 937-495-1014 Betty S. Johnson, Owner started hearing WLW’s radio programs—through their teeth! Neighbors who lived near the transmitters commented that their bedsprings talked; others said their wire fences hummed. Today, the original transmitter building and the giant 128 S. Main St., Sidney (Next to Ron & Nita’s) transmitters inside Bethany Station are part of the Voice of 492-3330 America Museum. Visitors can make appointments to tour M-TH 9-6; F 9-8; Sat 9-5 the site. Miami Soil & Water Conservation District 1330 N.Cty Rd. 25A; Ste C; Troy, Ohio 45373 335-7645 or 335-7666 Fax 335-7465 Piqua: N. Wayne St. Covington Ave E. Ash St.-Wal-Mart

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Words to Know: transmitter engulf propaganda countered bedsprings For Discussion: 1. Discuss with your grandparents or greatgrandparents their memories of listening to the radio. What kind of programs did they listen to? What was their favorite radio station? What was its call letters? 2. Why was it important that the Voice of America transmitters be hidden? 3. Why was the sentence “We will tell you the truth” so powerful?

Newspaper Activities: Propaganda can be good or bad. When it is good, it provides information that helps people, a cause or an institution. Newspaper ads are full of propaganda. Choose three ads from today’s newspaper and discuss what idea is being spread and what person, cause or institution is being helped. “Ohio: The Inside Story” is produced through a grant from The Ohio Newspapers Foundation, a nonprofit charitable and educational organization affiliated with The Ohio Newspaper Association. This is one of a series of 24 Ohio profiles.

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