Take a Step Back in Time
Take a break from the summer heat this month and enjoy a visit to the cool interior of the tiled, art deco National Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting in West Chester.
Built in 1942 as part of U.S. government efforts to fight Hitler’s propaganda machine, the historic station transmitted accurate news, entertainment and cultural information to U.S. allies and oppressed peoples in Europe. The broadcasts from VOA-Bethany were so effective that Hitler called staff here the “Cincinnati liars.”
After WWII, the station transmitted VOA news to South America throughout the Cold War. Since VOA-Bethany was decommissioned in 1994, volunteers have been renovating the building and making it into a first-in-class museum that tells the story of how the reach of technology in media can change people’s minds and influence geopolitics.
Tour the Media Heritage exhibits to learn the history of Voice of America and Cincinnati’s role in broadcasting history. See the Gray History of Wireless Museum exhibit of an extensive collection of radios ranging from early days to the present.
Today, the West Chester Amateur Radio Association maintains an onsite, working shortwave radio station and welcomes visitors who want to learn about ham radio operations.
The museum is open on the third Saturday of each month from 1-4 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $1 for children under 12. VOAMuseum.org