America's Information Effort Abroad

Archive Report

Effect of Western Broadcasts

Cyclical American Interest in Foreign Image

Here in America, hardly anybody has heard of Willis Conover, an entertainer who works out of a small basement studio in downtown Washington. But to millions of people in Russia, Eastern Europe and Asia, Conover is one of America's best known and most widely appreciated broadcasters. Clubs meet regularly to hear and discuss his work. In cities stretching from Brussels to Bombay, he has presided over music festivals, delivered lectures and granted media interviews. When he arrives in a foreign capital like Warsaw, crowds form and bands play. He is the recipient of prestigious foreign citations such as Poland's Order of Merit for Outstanding Contribution to Polish Music.

For over 25 years, Conover has broadcast nightly radio ...

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