David Hochfelder, N2HTA
“World War II Radio Propaganda”
Abstract: This talk will explore why American civilians listened to shortwave radio broadcasts from Germany and Japan. Some listened out of curiosity. Others, however, listened to obtain the names of American soldiers and airmen who were taken as prisoners of war. Listeners formed monitoring clubs, with schedules, newsletters, and listening tips in order to send messages to families of POW’s.
About the Speaker: David Hochfelder is associate professor of history at University at Albany, SUNY. He is the author of The Telegraph in America: 1832-1920 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012). He is also an avid AM broadcast band and longwave beacon DXer, and is a licensed amateur radio operator (N2HTA).