Radio: OWI Bear Hug

OWI pressure on the 14 short-wave stations in the U.S. was fast becoming a bear hug last week. At the war's start, the Nazis had 68 short-wave stations; the Axis-in-Europe now controls an estimated 100. Great Britain has about 50. The U.S. has 14—privately owned, loosely synchronized, a poor match all around for the close teamwork of radio Berlin-Rome-Tokyo. If the overseas branch of the OWI intended to jump with both feet into the global propaganda war, it had to do something about short-wave stations and do it quickly.

So the OWI made plans:...

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