Voice of America celebrates 70 years

Voice of America celebrates 70 years

For the last 70 years, Voice of America has broadcasted world news and American culture to millions of listeners in dozens of languages.

Whether broadcasting violent protests of a repressive government or sharing American culture worldwide, VOA beams its signal to millions.

“All of those things that are the flavor of what America is all about,” said former VOA Deputy Director Alan Heil.

For seventy years, VOA has shared entertainment at home and news abroad in dozens of languages in worldwide. Wednesday, Voice of America celebrated that impact.

“Whether it's been families trapped between an iron curtain or students trying to log on behind an electronic curtain, dissidents harassed by police or young people marching for the dignity and opportunity they deserve. You are the voice that tells them, they're not alone,” Obama once said of VOA.

And objectivity is overshadowing the tense relations.

"There is a lot going on between the United States and Pakistan and we try to present the picture in its entirety, we try to present all side of the argument, all sides of particular questions,” said VOA producer Amina Khan, who is of Pakistani descent.

Now, the broadcast has moved forward, expanding into television and internet. But the core values remain.

"When the news is bad, when there's an Abu Grahib, we go ahead and we tell that story and I think that the power of that honesty that comes through from our doing that is tremendously powerful,” said VOA Director David Ensor.

The voices that once flowed through short-wave radio, now blast over social media. And as long as there's a story to tell, the broadcast lives on.