Friday, February 27, 2015

RETRO FRIDAY: WILLIS CONOVER MADE SURE THE VOA DIDN’T ROCK


Willis Conover was one of America’s greatest radio announcers but few people in the US ever heard him.  Conover was the voice of American Jazz on Voice of America for much of the Cold War.  He had millions of listeners in Eastern Europe and the USSR.  He opened up worlds of thoughts and expression for eager listeners via shortwave radio.

WILLS CONOVER & SARAH VAUGHAN ON VOA 1958
  
But Conover hated rock n roll.  Because of his strong views, VOA missed an opportunity to provide Pirate Radio to hungry ears.

Today’s clip includes comments from Dr. Michael Biel, professor and audio historian, at Morehead State University.  I interviewed him in 1999.

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DR. MICHEAL BIEL, HISTORIAN IN TRAINING

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