A part of Crosley history will finally reopen to the public this weekend.
The Voice of America Museum will again be open for tours for the first time in more than two years from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday.
The museum will be open on occasional Saturdays once or twice a month based on demand, said Ken Rieser, president of the board of directors. As we reported here, the museum had been closed for the past two years while undergoing exterior renovations, It celebrates the history and legacy of the Voice of America radio station which broadcast from the museum's location.
The VOA was built in 1943 to send messages, news and programming from the U.S. into Europe at the height of World War II. The station continued to operate throughout the Cold War and into the mid-'90s as a propaganda outlet to inspire hope and keep listeners informed of world events in areas where the news was often censored.
There are three different museums in one.
The central part of museum is devoted to the Voice of America programming and includes the actual transmitter and control room. The media heritage room contains memorabilia from Cincinnati and Southwest Ohio's rich history of broadcasting, especially the Crosley Broadcasting Company, the founders of WLW Radio.
A third museum is the Gray History Museum, which chronicles the history of radio. That museum has all types of wireless radio artifacts and is comparable to the collection housed by the Smithsonian.
The museum is in the process of raising $12 million to update and improve its displays. It will close again in a few months for a new roof and some additional repairs, though this second closure probably won't be nearly as long.
(Thanks to Justin McClelland for that news.)
Voice of America Radio Museum
Noon to 3 p.m. Saturday
8070 Tylersville Road, West Chester Twp., Ohio
Suggested donation $5 adults, $1 students
More info: voamuseum.org