SIMON: I was very moved when I was reading up for this interview to read the first words that the Voice of America ever broadcast. Are you familiar with those?
ENSOR: I’m not.
SIMON: February 1, 1942 – obviously, early days of World War II for this country – they played “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” and said today and every day from now on, we will be with you from America to talk about the war. The news may be good or bad for us. We will always tell you the truth.
David Ensor, new Voice of America director, interviewed by NPR‘s Scott Simon. VoA is going to end its radio broadcasts in Mandarin and Cantonese by October.