• BBG,  Government Broadcasting,  Public Diplomacy

    Monitoring What You Say

    In 1948, 70-75% of Voice of America broadcasts were outsourced.  The National Broadcasting Corporation, now more commonly known as NBC, had complete control over the broadcasts it produced and sold to VOA.  For a radio series named “Know North America,” its purpose clearly established by its name, NBC hired a Cuban author and a Venezuelan supervisor to produce the series in Spanish for Latin America. In one episode, a Latin American is shown around Cheyenne, Wyoming, and told the history of the state by a guide. Tourist: “Do we still have Indians in Wyoming?” Guide: “Yes…Our Indian maidens run in races dressed in nothing but feathers.” In another episode on Texas,…