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To celebrate the 40th Anniversary of an episode of 'The Brady Bunch' that was filmed at Kings Island, stars from the show are returning to the park.Barry Williams (Greg Brady), Christopher Knight (PeterFull Story >
To celebrate the 40th Anniversary of an episode of 'The Brady Bunch' that was filmed at Kings Island, stars from the show are returning to the park this Sunday.Full Story >
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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -
The greatest compliment Clyde Haehnle may have ever gotten was when Adolph Hitler called him a liar.
Haehnle was among those working in West Chester at the Voice of America's Bethany Relay Station during World War II, a time when democracy itself was in danger of being defeated across the world by Hitler's tanks and air force. Even though Haehnle and his colleagues were 4,425 miles away from Berlin, they still had a major impact on the Allies' war effort. Hitler may have had his Luftwaffe bombing London into oblivion. But when it came to air superiority of the broadcasting kind, nothing could match the power of the VOA and its six 200-kilowatt transmitters.
And unlike Hitler's propaganda machine, the VOA was broadcasting the truth.
"(President Franklin D. Roosevelt) felt we had to do something very radical," Haehnle recalls, sitting inside what used to be VOA's master control rooms in West Chester. "And one of the things they did when they first formed the Voice of America, they decided they were going to tell the truth. And no propaganda whatsoever."
That meant, at first, the shortwave radio signals emanating from the Bethany Station were carrying grim news that the war was going badly for the Allies.
"Even the worst news was broadcast," Haehnle said. "The idea in that was, if we tell the truth, when the truth turns they'll believe us. And it worked."
But Hitler didn't like the truth. So he tried a little psychological warfare. Trying to convince his own people that all was not lost, he called those who worked at the Bethany Station "the Cincinnati liars."
"What did you think about that?" FOX19 asked Haehnle.
"We were proud," he said.
It wasn't an easy job, broadcasting to the world. Hitler may have been evil but he was certainly no fool. He and his Nazi government tried to jam the VOA's signals.
"He jammed it and we fought the jammers for years during the war," said Haehnle. "There were all kinds of tricks to jump the jammers. One of them was jump frequencies."
In other words, quickly change the channel your broadcasting on before the jammers could find your signal and shut you down again. Sometimes VOA engineers might only get 15-minutes or so before they were jammed again. But that gave them enough time to "get in and sell the freight," as Haehnle puts it.
But how many people in Europe were listening? No one could be sure until the VOA broadcast a request to French farmers, whose country was occupied by German Nazis. In 1943, according to former transmitter plant supervisor Dave Snyder, the VOA asked them to burn their harvest.
"And in doing so it would prevent the harvest from going on train cars right into Germany to feed the Germans and to feed the German army," said Snyder, who worked at the Bethany Station in its later years. "And so on a certain day, there was smoke from one end of France to the other end. And they realized that, yes, these farmers --- everybody --- is listening to the Voice of America."
"Well, Robert Bauer actually got a knock on his door at his apartment and said you're now a sergeant in the Army and was given a uniform and shipped off to (the) New York studios," Snyder said. "So even though he wasn't a U.S. citizen at the time, he had the ability to speak so beautifully in German that they took him to the Voice of America studios, yes."
Bauer, a native of Austria, had another talent.
He could "perfectly mimic the Fuhrer," Snyder said. "He could say something with his Austrian accent and sound exactly like the Fuhrer."
Finding broadcasting stars in Cincinnati was pretty common in radio's heyday.
"Back in the 1930's, Cincinnati was behind (only) New York and Chicago in producing network national programs," said Mike Martini, a Cincinnati broadcasting historian and announcer. He's also one of the people who is instrumental in preserving the VOA facility in West Chester as a museum.
It's no wonder that when Haehnle worked meticulously for weeks drawing a map of how the VOA's signal from the Bethany Station reached far-flung spots around the globe, he put Cincinnati at the center of the earth.
Working in the shadows of the mighty transmitters here and learning you'd gotten under Hitler's skin, it must have felt like it was.
Friday, May 17 2013 10:45 PM EDT2013-05-18 02:45:31 GMT
Continuing our exclusive coverage of the IRS scandal, FOX19 has obtained documents of a fifth Cincinnati IRS agent who reportedly came after a pro-life group in 2009. The group was asked about prayerFull Story >
Continuing our exclusive coverage of the IRS scandal, FOX19 has obtained documents of a fifth Cincinnati IRS agent who reportedly came after a pro-life group in 2009.Full Story >
Friday, May 17 2013 6:51 PM EDT2013-05-17 22:51:09 GMT
Transcribed interviews conducted by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform are set to begin Monday, May 20th for five IRS employees. Four of those IRS employees are based in Cincinnati.Full Story >
Transcribed interviews conducted by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform are set to begin Monday, May 20th for five IRS employees. Four of those IRS employees are based in Cincinnati. Full Story >
Friday, May 17 2013 7:16 PM EDT2013-05-17 23:16:53 GMT
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Saturday, May 18 2013 12:44 PM EDT2013-05-18 16:44:02 GMT
A bystander is in hot water after a late night crash in Middletown. Police say they were called to Verity Parkway to investigate a head on crash, An investigation revealed that a car driven by DanielFull Story >
An investigation revealed that a car driven by Daniel Guy Rich of Dallas, Texas had lost control and hit a PT Cruiser driven by a unnamed 17-year-old girl head on.
Wednesday, May 15 2013 9:50 PM EDT2013-05-16 01:50:03 GMT
The White House today released over 100 pages of emails regarding the attack in Benghazi. So what do those emails tell us? Members of congress and the President himself say it's all a side-show. WhileFull Story >
The White House today released over 100 pages of emails regarding the attack in Benghazi. So what do those emails tell us? Members of congress and the President himself say it's all a side-show. While others say the truth has still not been revealed. So what is true here? Full Story >
Saturday, May 18 2013 1:47 PM EDT2013-05-18 17:47:49 GMT
A fire badly damages an Anderson Township home. It happened early Saturday morning at a home in the 8000 block of Pine Terrace Drive. Fire officials say they got a call that smoke was coming from theFull Story >
Fire officials say there is significant damage to the home's first floor.Full Story >