The ensuing chaos and power struggles between the East and West following the end of the Second World War in Germany set the stage for the creation of a unique radio station that would broadcast from behind the iron curtain for the duration of the cold war. RIAS, or Radio in the American Sector, would play a key role in the battle over ideology between the West and the Soviet Union. The story of RIAS' birth and development is a unique narrative of unintended consequences as the efforts of the Soviet Union to gain a monopoly over the airwaves of Berlin actually contributed to ensuring a permanent Western radio presence in the city. This paper draws in part upon oral history, personal papers, government documents and the archives of the New York Times to tell the story of the development of RIAS and its role during the Berlin blockade and influence on the cold war.
College and Department
Fine Arts and Communications; Communications
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Mecham, J. David, "The Birth of Radio in the American Sector (RIAS)and Its Role During the Berlin Blockade" (2012). Theses and Dissertations. 3643.
radio, RIAS, DIAS, Berlin, blockade, airlift, Germany, Howley, Clay