Cold War on the Airwaves: The Radio Propaganda War against by Nicholas J Schlosser

By Nicholas J Schlosser

Founded as a counterweight to the Communist broadcasters in East Germany, Radio within the American quarter (RIAS) grew to become probably the most profitable public info operations performed opposed to the Soviet Bloc. chilly battle at the Airwaves examines the Berlin-based organization's historical past and impact at the political worldview of the people--and government--on the opposite aspect of the Iron Curtain. Nicholas Schlosser attracts on broadcast transcripts, inner memoranda, listener letters, and surveys through the U.S. details business enterprise to profile RIAS. Its project: to undermine the German Democratic Republic with propaganda that, mockingly, won in efficiency via obeying the principles of target journalism. all through, Schlosser examines the friction inherent in one of these contradictory venture and propaganda's position in shaping political tradition. He additionally portrays how RIAS's basically German employees stimulated its outlook and the way the association either competed opposed to its competitors within the GDR and driven communist officers to change their tools as a way to continue listeners. From the career of Berlin throughout the airlift to the development of the Berlin Wall, chilly conflict at the Airwaves deals an soaking up view of the way public international relations performed out at a flashpoint of East-West tension.

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