The Voice of America has carried United
States, regional, and world news to listeners around the globe
for 63 years. Founded less than three months after the United
States entered World War II, the Voice has been a beacon of
hope for those deprived of news.
William Harlan Hale opened the first VOA
broadcast on 24 February 1942 with the words, "The
Voice of America speaks. Today, America has been at war
for 79 days. Daily, at this time, we shall speak to you
about America and the war — the news may be good or
bad — we shall tell you the truth."
For more on VOA's history, see the
section of "VOA Information".