Bio & publications

Kim Andrew Elliott is a retired audience research analyst, working for the Voice of America and Broadcasting Board of Governors from 1985 to 2017. From 1995 to 2002, he was producer and host of Communications World, a popular weekly Voice of America program about electronic media and international broadcasting.

Kim was also the producer of VOA Radiogram, from 2013 to 2017. That experiment in broadcasting text and images on analog shortwave transmitters continues as Shortwave Radiogram.

Before he came to the Voice of America in 1985, Kim was on the faculties of communication at the University of Massachusetts and the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

He has a B.A. (1974) in international affairs from the George Washington University and an M.A. (1977) and Ph.D. (1979) in communication from the University of Minnesota.

See also Kim's recent writings.

"VOA Should Broadcast in English," Radio World, April 7, 2004

"Frequencies and wavelengths: a tour of the radio spectrum for the international broadcaster," Tune In (IBB house organ), April 2003

"Is There an Audience for Public Diplomacy?" New York Times, Nov 16, 2002

"Broadcasting truth needed in time of war," Houston Chronicle, October 7, 2001

Some Things to Think About (Or That We Should Have Thought About) As International Broadcasting Embraces the Internet," in Elzbieta Olechowska and Howard Aster, eds, Challenges for International Broadcasting VI, Oakville, Ontario: Mosaic Press, 2001.

"High-Frequency Broadcasting" (entry about shortwave and international broadcasting), Wiley Encyclopedia of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Volume 9, 1999.

"America's Cacophony to the World," Monitoring Times, October 1997

"Stimmengewirr aus Amerika (Still Too Many Voices of America)" Zeitschrift für Kultur Austausch," 1997, issue 3

"Protecting a vital voice of Australia," The Age (Melbourne), February 3, 1997

"Shortwave Broadcasting Begins Its Long Slow Fade (but International Broadcasting Endures)," World Radio TV Handbook, 1995 edition

"Technology: Reality and Vision," in Elzbieta Olechowska and Howard Aster, eds, Challenges for International Broadcasting, Oakville, Ontario: Mosaic Press, 1995

"Different audiences and different countries: audience research tells you about the importance of a varied broadcasting apprach," in François Demers, Howard Aster, and Elzbieta Olechowska, eds, Challenges for International Broadcasting, Cap-Rouge, Quebec: Les Presses Inter Universitaire, 1993.

"New Structures and Strategies for United States International Broadcasting," Occasional Papers of the Edward R. Murrow Center of Public Diplomacy, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, May 23, 1991

"Too Many Voices of America," Foreign Policy, Winter 1989/90

A Guide to Radio Listening (booklet of technical advice for VOA listeners), 1986

"Unofficial Broadcasting for Politics, Profit, and Pleasure," Gazette (journal of media and communications) 1982

"Program Preferences of North American Shortwave Listeners" Gazette, 1982

"World News Coverage of U.S. and International Broadcasters,” Journalism Quarterly, Autumn 1981; reprinted in L. John Martin and Ray Eldon Hiebert, eds, Current Issues in International Communication, New York: Longman,1990.
Published in the Radio Netherlands Media Network website,

"Radio Sawa: Should it play the hits, or move the needle?" October 28, 2004

"Public diplomacy is not the magic bullet," August 24, 2004

"Al-Hurra's moment of truth," June 9, 2004

"Hutton, the BBC, and Britain's place in the world," February 9, 2004

Speeches and Presentations (partial list, in reverse chronology)

"The Media of International Broadcasting," Quarter Century Wireless Assocaition, Fairfax VA, October 16, 2004, and FARfest (Foundation for Radio Amateur Radio), Gaithersburg MD, September 11, 2004

"Shortwave and the Interdictability of International Broadcasting," Broadcast Education Association, Las Vegas, April 5, 2002

"VOA/IBB Audience Survey Reviews," Broadcast Education Association, Las Vegas, April 6, 2002

Keynote speaker, Winter Shortwave Listeners Fest, Kulpsville PA, March 9, 2002

"Thoughts on the Future of International and Domestic Radio," AfteRadio conference of the PrixItalia Radio and Television Festival, Bologna, September 17, 2000.

Panelist, "The Push for the Internet: How Much and How Soon," IBC (media trade show), Amsterdam, September 14, 1998

"International Broadcasting Audience Research in China," International Conference of Chinese Communications Research and Education, Taoyuan, Taiwan, June 29, 1993

"Technology, Politics, and the Future of International Broadcasting," International Broadcasting in the Age of Glasnost conference, Valley Forge PA, April 17, 1989

"International Shortwave Broadcast Listening in the United States: A Report on Two Surveys," Popular Culture Association, Montreal, March 28, 1987

Statement to the President's Task Force on U.S. Government International Broadcasting, August 8, 1991

"The Communication Process of International Radio Broadcasting," International Broadcasting Professional Meeting, Radio Canada International, Montreal, July 26, 1982

Creator and editor of VOA Guide, schedule publication for listeners, 1995-1997

Organized major Voice of America conferences on international broadcasting, 1992 and 1995

Created and taught Introduction to International Broadcasting training course for VOA employees, 1987-1991

Advanced class amateur radio license (KD9XB)

Three-year recipient of Bush Foundation Graduate Fellowship at the University of Minnesota, 1975-1978