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Some of these videos, audio programs and clips, are produced by the Museum and others by independent producers.  We hope you find them them interesting.  Come back to this page often as we will post new material frequently.  

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Published September 17, 2019 by Cashew Paul
Length: about 10 minutes


Published August 15, 2018

Dedication of the USCGC Courier Exhibit

Runs about 15 minutes


Showcase with Barbara Kellar

Showcase with Barbara Kellar First broadcast on CET Arts, Channel 48.3 on May 10, 2015, this extended interview discusses efforts to renovate and develop The National Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting. Learn more about the Museum with Showcase host Barbara Kellar. 

Published on May 10, 2015 by CET - Public TV in Cincinnati

Runs 28 minutes


The Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting is located about 25 miles north of downtown Cincinnati, in West Chester, Ohio. Originally the complex occupied a one square mile area on a high ridge between Cincinnati and Dayton. Today the transmitters are silent but the iconic art deco building is being restored and houses a museum.  Special thanks to Spencer Schubbe for providing aerial video.

Published on April 27, 2015 by National VOA Museum of Broadcasting / Spencer Stubbe

Runs 2 minutes


VOA Worldwide Facilities

WWII found the USA ten years behind the rest of the world with only 13 low power shortwave stations broadcasting America’s voice, while Germany had 68 and Japan had 42 high power transmitters pushing their propaganda.

When America completed building their Voice of America relay station network, the extraordinary effort produced 152 high power transmitters in 18 facilities around the world.

Presented here are those facilities. Most are now closed but broadcast continues using the internet, satellite and cellular along with AM/FM radio and TV.  Runs 10 minutes   April 2020

 Runs about 13 minutes.


 Looking to the Future is a brief computer animated video walk-through giving you a preview of the re-designed Museum.

Published on April 10, 2015 by National VOA Museum of Broadcasting

Runs about 1 minute



Clyde Haehnle was a project engineer when the Bethany Station was constructed.  He relates how the the location in West Chester proved ideal for the facility.

Published on March 27, 2015 by National VOA Museum of Broadcasting

Runs 40 seconds


 From the very outset, the Voice of America was committed to objective truthful reporting.  Listen to the first broadcast transmitted at the beginning of WWII.

Published on March 26, 2015 by National VOA Museum of Broadcasting

Runs about 45 seconds


Three listeners to the VOA, one from the former Soviet Union, one from The Czech Republic and one from China, comment on how important the VOA broadcast service is to millions around the world.

Published on March 25, 2015 by National VOA Museum of Broadcasting

Runs about 1 minute and 15 seconds


John Houseman joined the Voice of America in the very early days of its development.  Listen to an excerpt of an interview with Mr. Houseman as he discusses the VOA's commitment to telling the truth.

Published on March 26, 2015 by National VOA Museum of Broadcasting

Runs about 1 minute and 45 seconds


This video features first person interviews with volunteers and former staff members of the Bethany Station.  Charlie Stinger and David Snyder, former Station Managers, comment on the rich history and global impact of the Voice of America programs transmitted from this site from 1944 thru November 1994. This video also contains a virtual walk through look of the proposed museum.  This program was produced by West Chester Community TV and West Chester Parks and Recreation.

Published on March 26, 2015 by National VOA Museum of Broadcasting

Runs about 12 minutes


Published on July 31, 2013 by AmateurLogic TV

Runs about 45 minutes

The hosts, Tommy and George, visit the National Voice of America Museum for a first class tour. Learn about the history of VOA, why and how it got started, what type of antenna switching was required for a world class shortwave station, transmitter, tubes, audio routing, network feeds and much more.


Runs about 40 Minutes

Published on Aug 23, 2012

The Voice of America relay station in Bethany, Ohio was taken off the air in 1994 and dismantled. Since then it has been converted to a broadcast museum. The existing Gray History of Wireless Museum, which was once located in in the city of Cincinnati, was moved and made part of the VOA Museum. The Gray exhibit is made up of two parts: the entertainment side and the technical side. This video documents a tour given by some of the people who brought the museum together with much hard work. 


 Runs about 8 Minutes

Published August 15, 2018

For 12 years during the Cold War, the ship outfitted with high power radio transmitters, beamed VOA programs into USSR.  Those programs originated at Bethany Station


Welcome to VOA Bethany Relay Station: in 2 parts narrated by the Dave Snyder, the last Plant Manager. Each runs about 16 minutes.

Published November 1, 2018 by National VOA Museum of Broadcasting


Powel Crosley, Jr. - Seagate Estate, Sarasota, FL

Pictures taken in March 2020.


VOA is in Ohio because of WLW and Powel Crosley Junior's desire to sell more radios. Crosley eventually built the world's most powerful AM broadcast station and was heard around the world. That experience contributed to the government's decision to locate the VOA in West Chester. Below are videos about the various stages of WLW's evolution.

 1985 Tour

Tour of America's ONLY super-power AM radio station transmitter site at 700 WLW in Cincinnati, OH. Recorded December 9, 1985 by Art Vuolo, Jr. with tour guide Randy Michael. 

Runs about 12 minutes


1956 WLWC (Columbus), now WCMH, Sign-Off -- Avco Broadcasting Corporation


Runs 1:06 minutes


1997 Tour

Tour of WLW AM transmitter site in 1997 by Geoff Mendenhall. Video and narration by Jim Hawkins - WA2WHV and Chief Engineer: Paul Jellison

Runs about 9 minutes


2013 Tour

Tour of the historic WLW AM monster broadcast transmitter facility located in Mason Ohio. WLW has kept a major piece of broadcasting history alive by keeping much of the old high power transmitter intact. Recorded while at Hamvention, Dayton OH, in 2013. Video and narration by Jim Hawkins - WA2WHV and Chief Engineer Paul Jellison.

Runs about 32 minutes


2019 by Gary, W4EEY (former VOA employee) prior to the 2019 Dayton Hamvention

Excellent coverage for how VOA operated in the early years, VOA HQ, VOA Bethany Relay Station,  VOA Greenville, NC and around the world

Runs 31 minutes