If you’ve ever wondered why the VOA-Bethany Station needed a secured, square mile of land surrounding its 1944 art deco building in West Chester, Jack Dominic has the answer.
Dominic, the National Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting director, will speak on the “History of the VOA-Bethany Station and the VOA Museum Today” Wednesday, April 3, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the MidPointe Library in West Chester’s community room.
The free event is the second of a four-part series, “The Voice of Truth in America: Celebrating 75 Years of the VOA Bethany Station,” with the MidPointe Library System.
The VOA museum hosts other free events this year to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the VOA-Bethany Station, which now houses the Cold War-era history and broadcasting museum.
“From World War II through the Cold War, the VOA-Bethany Station played a vastly important role in transmitting real news via shortwave radio to people living in countries that lacked a free press,” said Ken Rieser, VOA museum board president. “And it all started here in Cincinnati, with two brothers who developed the technology that evolved into the commercial radio industry.”
The next MidPointe Library series program will be “Ride the Radio Waves,” a children’s STEM event presented by the West Chester Amateur Radio Association (WCARA) at the MidPointe Library Liberty Center branch Wednesday, June 5, from 1 to 3 p.m.
The final MidPointe series event will feature Lynne Scott, one of Cincinnati’s premier vocalists, with the Phil DeGreg Trio to perform classics from the Great American Songbook at MidPointe Library West Chester branch Sunday, Aug. 25, from 2 to 4 p.m.
“We’re excited to help celebrate Bethany Station’s milestone anniversary,” said Travis Bautz, director of the MidPointe Library System. “VOA museum displays can currently be found in our West Chester and Middletown locations, along with librarian-curated lists of books pertinent to World War II and the Cold War ‘war of words.’”
The VOA museum will host its fourth annual “75 Years of Rockin’ the Radio” fundraiser Saturday, Sept. 21, with dinner and dancing. Sponsorships are now available.
Museum hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays at 8070 Tylersville Road. Admission is $5 for adults and $1 for children.
For a complete schedule of 2019 VOA museum events, “The Voice of Truth in America,” series and WCARA events, visit www.voamuseum.org, www.midpointelibrary.org and www.wc8VOA.org.