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Cold War on the Airwaves: The Radio Propaganda War against East Germany

Nicholas J. Schlosser


Founded as a counterweight to the Communist broadcasters in East Germany, Radio in the American Sector (RIAS) became one of the most successful public information operations conducted against the Soviet Bloc. This book examines the Berlin-based organization's history and influence on the political worldview of the people—and government—on the other side of the Iron Curtain. The book draws on broadcast transcripts, internal memoranda, listener letters, and surveys by the U.S. Information Agency to profile RIAS. Its mission: to undermine the German Democratic Republic (GDR) with propaganda that, ... More

Keywords: public information, Soviet Bloc, Iron Curtain, German Democratic Republic, objective journalism, public diplomacy, East–West tension, Radio in the American Sector, radio broadcast, RIAS

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780252039690
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252039690.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nicholas J. Schlosser, author