VOA, or Voice of America was originally conceived in 1939 by President Roosevelt’s chief speech writer, Robert Sherwood. Mr. Sherwood predicted the impact of international broadcasting when he said:
We are living in an age when communication has achieved fabulous importance. There is a new decisive force in the human race, more powerful than all the tyrants. It is the force of massed thought-thought which has been provoked by words, strongly spoken.
Seeing radio as an instrument of foreign policy, the Soviet Union built a radio center in Moscow and was broadcasting in fifty languages and dialects by the end of 1930. Italy and Great Britain started their respective "empire services" in 1932, followed by France the next year. Nazi Germany built a massive network of transmitters in 1933 and began to beam hostile propaganda into Austria. It took World War II to finally put VOA into action. In December, 1941, VOA made its first broadcast.
Since then VOA has been used as a tool to promote America's foriegn policy positions around the world. Over the years, VOA has expanded into a more broad based news provider. Today, besides just broadcasting on radio, they have a high traffic website.
VOA has changed its philosophy over the years, from promoting freedom and democracy to a highly partisan, big business, anti-middle class point of view. In a section titled "Immigration - The changing face of America" VOA says:
Immigrants tend to go to segments of the labor market where there is the most demand and less supply. So that is on the high end and on the lower end. Lower-skilled immigrants who come into the United States are typically taking jobs that most Americans are not interested in: picking lettuce in the hot sun, scrubbing floors or toilets in a discount store in the middle of the night, gardening, construction, that sort of work.
Looks like VOA forgot one job on their list of jobs Americans just don't want to do, reporter. It seems that VOA management is about to outsource to China a number of its reporter/writer positions to save money.