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VOA Studio Tours Offer “Cool” Relief

Vistors to Washington, D.C. have discovered VOA studio tours are a great way to learn about the world's largest international broadcasting orgainzation

Washington, D.C., June 30, 2010 - Visitors to Washington D.C. have discovered Voice of America studio tours are an exciting opportunity to escape the searing summer temperatures and learn more about the world’s largest international broadcasting organization. <!-- IMAGE -->

VOA tours are free, offered twice-daily during the summer months, and conducted just minutes from the U.S. Capitol and other Washington museums and landmarks.

The guided tours give visitors a behind-the-scenes look at a live broadcast.

Watch a television control room as the crew prepares for a show and the news anchors read from studio teleprompters, and see our dazzling “Omniglobe” presentation.

You’ll see reporters and news writers hammer out stories from one of the largest and most modern international multi-media news centers in the world. And listen to radio announcers and producers as they go live to deliver the latest news to VOA’s worldwide audience.

“Being in the VOA premises and seeing how you guys are making a difference globally is a valuable experience,” says recent visitor Jeyhun of Kazakhstan. Others who have taken the tour agree. Kate from San Diego, California, says, “It’s one of the most substantive tours I’ve been on during my time in D.C.”

In addition to radio and television news programs, Voice of America has websites for each of the 44 languages broadcast from the Washington D.C. headquarters, plus Learning English, a special educational program designed for international audiences.

For more about VOA Studio Tours, or to schedule a group visit, go to our website,

The Voice of America, which first went on the air in 1942, is a multimedia international broadcasting service funded by the U.S. Government through the Broadcasting Board of Governors. VOA broadcasts approximately 1,500 hours of news, information, educational, and cultural programming every week to an estimated worldwide audience of more than 125 million people. Programs are produced in 44 languages and are intended exclusively for audiences outside of the United States.

For more information, please call VOA Public Relations at (202) 203-4959, or e-mail