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Cold War on the AirwavesThe Radio Propaganda War against East Germany$
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Nicholas J. Schlosser

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780252039690

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252039690.001.0001

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Between Objectivity and Engagement

Between Objectivity and Engagement

(p.1) 1 Between Objectivity and Engagement
Cold War on the Airwaves
Nicholas J. Schlosser
University of Illinois Press

This chapter introduces the main themes, objectives, scope, and sources underpinning this study of the Radio in the American Sector (RIAS). It also contextualizes this book within the larger body of scholarship relating to the American Cold War information programs managed largely under the auspices of agencies such as the United States Information Agency and its overseas incarnation, the United States Information Service. RIAS was created within months of the end of World War II to serve as the official broadcaster for the American sector of occupation in Berlin, and was later retooled as a propaganda operation designed to counter the Communist media organs operating in the Soviet Occupation Zone. Throughout the late 1940s and 1950s RIAS produced news and entertainment programs directed at listeners living behind the Iron Curtain in East Germany.

Keywords:   RIAS, Cold War, United States Information Service, propaganda, American Cold War information programs, radio, Radio in the American Sector, Soviet Occupation Zone, journalism, Communist media

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