Posted: 24 Apr 2012 Print Send a link
Willis Conover Day, as proclaimed by Congress in 2009, is 25 April. It will be commemorated by events at VOA on 25 and 26 April.
Cold War Radios, 8 Mar 2012, Richard H. Cummings: "No disc jockey of Radio Free Europe or Radio Liberty gained the legendary status of Willis Conover, who daily hosted the music program 'Jazz Hour' for the Voice of America (VOA). ... That is not without trying of RFE and RL but for the jamming of the frequencies of both RFE and RL throughout most of the Cold War. That being said, both RFE and RL had popular music programs including jazz. ... Simon (Sim) Copans actually provided jazz program texts to Radio Free Europe's language services in Munich from October 1956 to June 1959. His program text 'Jazz from Paris' in English was then translated into the respective RFE languages for broadcasting."