The Voice of America Bethany Station

The Voice of America Bethany Station (HMFWN)

Location: Stockton, OH 95202 Butler County
Country: United States of America

N 39° 21.316', W 84° 21.392'

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During the height of World War II, President Franklin Roosevelt turned to the innovative engineers of the Crosley Broadcasting Corporation to build powerful short wave radio transmitters capable of delivering broadcasts overseas. On farm fields near Crosley's WLW facility, six 200 kilowatt transmitters and 24 directional reentrant rhombic antennas were built and on September 23, 1944, the Voice of America Bethany Station was dedicated. The first broadcast was directed at Nazi Germany and began with, "We shall speak to you about America and the war. The news may be good or it may be bad, but we will tell you the truth." For more than fifty years, the Voice of America Bethany Station delivered "truthful news" to the people of Europe, Africa, South America, and parts of Asia, despite some like Adolf Hitler who referred to the VOA as those "Cincinnati Liars." New technology and budget cuts resulted in the silencing of the Bethany Station in 1994.
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HM NumberHMFWN
Series This marker is part of the Ohio: Ohio Historical Society series
Marker Number20-9
Year Placed2003
Placed ByOhio Bicentennial Commission, Longaberger Company, West Chester Township, and The Ohio Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, October 25th, 2014 at 6:33pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 727769 N 4359535
Decimal Degrees39.35526667, -84.35653333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 21.316', W 84° 21.392'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 21' 18.96" N, 84° 21' 23.52" W
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Area Code(s)209, 530
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 27 Crosley Blvd, Stockton OH 95202, US
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