February 24, 1942: Voice of America made its first broadcast

February 24, 1942: On this historic day in radio broadcasting, Voice of America (VOA) signed on for the first time.

Voice of America, an international broadcasting institution, is owned by the Federal government of the United States. It offers a wide range of radio, TV, and internet programs in 44 different international languages, including: Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese), French, Portuguese, Spanish, Russian, and many more. As of today, it has over 1,000 contracts and agreements with various television channels, radio stations, and even cable companies worldwide.