Collection Highlights


Margin for Victory (1962)
President Kennedy gives speech asking for support for Radio Free Europe

The Most Incredible Challenge (1965)
This film was produced by the Radio Liberty Committee, to publicize RL in the United States.

This Is Radio Free Europe (1964)
This film, narrated by Polish broadcaster Andrzej Kzeczenowicz, gives an overview of Radio Free Europe’s news-gathering and audience research, its production center in Munich, and its transmission operations in Germany and Portugal.

Winds of Freedom
99 Luftballoons go by - A little hydrogen and some wind carry the RFE message into the communist bloc.

RFE Transmitters (1964)
Beginning with a spare 7.5-kilowatt transmitter left over from Office of Strategic Services’ operations during World War II, the Radios eventually became one of the most powerful broadcast services in the world.


What Do They Really Think of Us?

Side one of a Crusade for Freedom disc prepared for the 1951 Crusade campaign. Narrated by NBC commentator Ben Grauer, it uses emotional interviews with East European refugees who dislike America to justify the need for RFE as well as testimony from displaced persons who praise the U.S. for bringing the message of freedom to those behind the Iron curtain. Lucius D. Clay, National Chairman of the Crusade for Freedom, praises the Radio in the American Sector (RIAS) Berlin as a model for RFE and appeals for contributions to buy additional transmitters. The Freedom Bell in West Berlin is heard at the end of the recording.

The Radio Free Europe Story

Side Two of a Crusade for Freedom disc prepared for the 1951 Crusade campaign. RFE Director Robert Lang describes the RFE broadcasts to Czechoslovakia from Munich that started on May 1, 1951. The program schedule includes newscasts, messages from relatives in the West, "Date with Eva" - an early DJ program, a program naming alleged regime collaborators and spies, and religious services. Messages from Free Europe Committee chairman C.D. Jackson and RFE Czechoslovak Service chief Ferdinand Peroutka are read. The recording ends with a singing of the Czechoslovak national anthem and ringing of the Freedom Bell.

Harold B. "Min" Miller announces the launch of RFE's broadcasts from Munich, Germany, to Poland

A sound recording made May 3, 1952, of retired admiral Harold B. "Min" Miller,president of the Nation Committee for a Free Europe. In the recording, Miller announces the launch of RFE's broadcasts from Munich, Germany, to Poland. Digitally restored by Hoover Archives' audio preservation staff. (Source: RFE/RL broadcast records, Polish Language Service sound recordings, Polish inauguration - English portion, 2000c120_a_0001572, Hoover Institution Archives)

Exclusive Phil Woods recording for Radio Liberty
An interview and performance by the famous jazz saxophonist Phil Woods, conducted after a trip to the Soviet Union. In the interview, Woods mentioned a session in New York during which he played numbers from Soviet composers (later issued by Radio Liberty as the Jazz at Liberty LP) and gave his thoughts about the state of jazz in that country.


Balloons being filled with hydrogen.

Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty fought communism by broadcasting news and features from Munich to countries behind the Iron Curtain. Despite jamming, acts of terrorism, and even opposition by some members of Congress, Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty have remained on the air, broadcasting uncensored news since the early 1950s.

Dizzy Gillespie visits the RFE studios in Munich.

Musical ambassadors
Artists traveling throughout Europe in the 1960s, especially American jazz musicians, often visited with Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reporters. Included in this slideshow are some notable examples, including Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, and Benny Goodman, as well as many outside the American jazz scene.
(The photographs of these musical ambassadors are part of the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty broadcast records at the Hoover Institution Archives.)

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The RFE/RL paper records are being made available as they are processed. Sound recordings require digitization before a program is considered available for audition or purchase. Researchers interested in recordings that have not yet been digitized may place special orders for these items. Researchers are advised to contact RFE/RL project archivist Anatol Shmelev before visiting the Archives to determine current availability. >>details