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Obama Inauguration to be Heard Worldwide via U.S. Radio Services

Globe Hears American Point of View


Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, Radio Marti, Radio Free Asia, logos

Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, Radio Marti, Radio Free Asia, logos

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The January 21, 2013 second term inauguration of President Barack Obama will not only be heard domestically by various radio services, networks, radio stations, and Internet streams but throughout the world thanks to various radio services that are overseen by a government agency known as the Broadcasting Board of Governors.

The BBG is an independent entity that is responsible for all U.S. government and government-sponsored international broadcasting that is non-military. The agency came into being on October 1, 1999. The current board that controls it consists of five individuals including Hillary Rodham Clinton. Other members include Victor Ashe, Michael Lynton, Susan McCue, Michael P. Meehan, and Dennis Mulhaupt (as of this writing).

The inauguration day events will be covered and reported by BBG journalists and disseminated through Voice of America (VOA), Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), Radio Sawa, Radio Marti plus Radio Free Asia (RFA).

Voice of America

Voice of America, which began in 1942 during World War II, might be one of the most impressive agencies as it now broadcasts news and information about the United States in 43 different languages including Indonesian, Burmese, Korean, Khmer, Spanish, Creole, Ukrainian, Urdu, Bosnian, Serbian, and Macedonia.

Voice of America is the largest U.S. international broadcaster and it reaches about 141 million people each week using AM, FM, satellite, and shortwave frequencies. VOA also provides coverage on television and the Internet. It is headquartered in Washington, D.C. and is allocated a yearly budget of $205 million dollars. Over 1200 people work for VOA.

Radio Free Europe

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty distributes U.S. information and news coverage in 28 different languages to countries where there is no free press. The service reaches almost 18 million listeners each week, reaching into 21 different countries like Iran, Iraq, Chechen, Croatia, Romania, Pakistan and many more.

RFE uses AM, FM, UKW, Shortwave, cable, satellite, and Internet to distribute it's audio. Radio Free Europe was founded in 1949 as an anti-communist propaganda source, first headquartered in Munich, Germany. Today, it is based in Prague, Czech Republic and employs over 500 people between its headquarters there and Washington, D.C. Radio Free Europe grew out of the National Committee for a Free Europe which was formed in New York City in 1949.

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