An Air War with Cuba

The United States Radio Campaign Against Castro


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About the Book

Since 1985, Radio Martí, a Radio Free Europe–type station, has broadcast American news and propaganda in Cuba. Its sister station, TV Martí, debuted in 1990. Respected operations at the start, Radio and TV Marti fell under the influence of the Cuban American National Foundation—a group of hard-line Cuban exiles—who intensified the anti–Castro rhetoric the stations sent to the island and promoted its leaders as the heirs to a post–Castro Cuba. Though the initial goal of the two stations was to increase pro–American sentiment among the island nation’s citizens, the stations have succeeded only in driving the two nations further apart.
This history of American propaganda broadcasting in Cuba describes how Castro used radio to obtain power; explores the impact of Radio and TV Martí on U.S.-Cuba relations, including the phenomenon of Cuban rafters; and chronicles the domestic political struggles to keep the stations on the air.

About the Author(s)

Daniel C. Walsh holds a Ph.D. in mass communications from the University of South Carolina and is building an archive of international radio broadcasts. He is an assistant professor at Appalachian State University in the Department of Communication.

Bibliographic Details

Daniel C. Walsh
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 311
Bibliographic Info: tables, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2012
pISBN: 978-0-7864-6506-4
eISBN: 978-0-7864-8719-6
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      viii
Preface      1
Introduction: Rebel Radio      5

1. Disposal Problem      13
2. La Causa      28
3. “Détente Is Dead”      43
4. Propaganda Realities      55
5. Jamming Radio Martí      74
6. Let’s Get It On      88
7. As the World Turns      103
8. I Want My TV Martí!      116
9. Clinton Puts the Hammer Down      130
10. Mixed Messages      148
11. Meltdown      168
12. Anticlimax      184
13. Change or More of the Same?      202

Chapter Notes      215
Bibliography      263
Index      293

Book Reviews & Awards

“Walsh presents a history of the propaganda war waged over radio and television-waves between the United States and Castro’s Cuba”—Reference & Research Book News.