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Legendary VOA Jazz Radio Broadcaster: Willis Conover

Willis Conover (1920-1996) was one of VOA's treasures, an internationally-known jazz aficionado, well-connected within the jazz community but little-known in the United States. During his more than 40 years on VOA's airwaves, Conover brought "America's music" to millions around the world. He was particularly popular in the countries behind the Iron Curtain during the Cold War.
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Willis Conover with Sarah Vaughan
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Willis Conover with Sarah Vaughan

Willis Conover with pianist Oscar Peterson
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Willis Conover with pianist Oscar Peterson

Louis Armstrong (Satchmo) in Willis Conover's studio
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Louis Armstrong (Satchmo) in Willis Conover's studio

Willis Conover and assistant select music
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Willis Conover and assistant select music

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