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29 November 2011

The Voice of Tomorrow: a White-Racialist Clandestine Broadcaster of a Quarter-Century Ago


The Voice of Tomorrow was an unlicensed mediumwave and shortwave station of the late 1970s and 80s that achieved a certain notoriety with occasional* broadcasts. This particular recording was made by a listener to a broadcast on 1616kHz AM on 10 March 1985.



The risks involved in do-it-yourself radio broadcasting were, potentially, a $10,000 fine and a year in prison, although in practice the penalty tended to be a fine of less than $1000, and confiscation of equipment.

This is the kind of extreme to which people were driven to try to get out a message of truth prior to the proliferation of Internet and podcasts, since it was very difficult to find a licensed station that would air pro-White programming, and in any case expensive -- not like Internet podcasting now, whereby anyone can reach thousands of people at very little cost.

Even though such erratic broadcasts were heard by relatively few people, it was inspiring to hear, or read in Popular Communications, that somebody was doing such a thing.

Who did this?

There has been speculation that Kevin Strom, a former broadcast engineer for The Voice of America who later created the American Dissident Voices radio program, may have been behind Voice of Tomorrow. The Wikipedia article about Strom even affirms this, alleging his insane first wife as the source. When I asked Strom about it in 1993, however, he denied any connection, and I have to say that the voices in the recording sound not a bit like him.

The self-identification, "White American Resistance Information Network," indicates that Voice of Tomorrow  was put on not by Kevin Strom but by somebody associated with Tom Metzger, since White American Resistance is a name that Metzger used, later changed to White Aryan Resistance. 

The quality of the production, judging by this small sample, seems to have been quite good. It might be worthwhile if the possessor of the original studio recordings would digitize them and make them available on Internet.








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* It is impossible to maintain a consistent broadcast schedule on "AM" or shortwave at any significant wattage without attracting a visit from the Federal Communications Commission. Unlicensed broadcasting on FM was always much safer than on medium and shortwave. The FCC has always paid much less attention to FM pirates, probably because the signal at those frequencies generally crosses no state-boundary (and thus is arguably not under Federal jurisdiction), and certainly has no effect on international broadcast agreements. With the Reagan Administration's cuts to the FCC's budget, flagrant regular unlicensed FM broadcasting grew in the 1980s, and again in the 1990s. The prevalent theory about prosecution of unlicensed broadcasters on FM is that it is a very low priority for the FCC and only gains priority if the FCC receives complaints: of course a broadcaster with a racial message is very likely to become the target of complaints.

** The recording comes from "Mike Brooker's DX Dharma."


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