Tuesday, May 21 2013 6:50 PM EDT2013-05-21 22:50:36 GMT
EF5 tornadoes are a very rare occurrence in U.S. History. Before Monday's EF5 tornado in Oklahoma, there had only been 58 in the United States since 1950, when reliable records began. That number isFull Story >
EF5 tornadoes are a very rare occurrence in U.S. History.Full Story >
The former head of the Internal Revenue Service heads to Capitol Hill on Tuesday, giving lawmakers their first opportunity to question the man who ran the agency when agents were improperly targeting tea party groups.Full Story >
Summoned by Congress, a key figure in the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of conservative groups plans to invoke her constitutional right against self-incrimination and decline to testify at a congressional hearing...Full Story >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 6:40 PM EDT2013-05-21 22:40:24 GMT
Among the devastation from Monday's tornado in Moore, Okla. was two school buildings. So, are local schools ready if the worst happens? "It makes me nervous more than anything," said Jamie Klauke, theFull Story >
Among the devastation from Monday's tornado in Moore, Okla. was two school buildings. So, are local schools ready if the worst happens?
Tuesday, May 21 2013 6:28 PM EDT2013-05-21 22:28:57 GMT
An inmate walks away from a Lebanon jail. Officers are asking the public to be on the look out for Stephen Ramey. Officers say Ramey walked away from the Lebanon Correction Institution just before noonFull Story >
SR 63 is shut down in Lebanon while police look for an inmate who escaped from the Lebanon Correctional Institution. Full Story >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 6:07 PM EDT2013-05-21 22:07:34 GMT
The Greater Cincinnati-Dayton Region of the American Red Cross is preparing their Emergency Response Vehicles for deployment to Oklahoma. "We are prepared to lend our support when the time comes forFull Story >
The Greater Cincinnati-Dayton Region of the American Red Cross is preparing their Emergency Response Vehicles for deployment to Oklahoma.Full Story >
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -
The greatest compliment Clyde Haehnle may have ever gotten was when Adolph Hitler called him a liar.
Haehnle was among those working in West Chester at the Voice of America's Bethany Relay Station during World War II, a time when democracy itself was in danger of being defeated across the world by Hitler's tanks and air force. Even though Haehnle and his colleagues were 4,425 miles away from Berlin, they still had a major impact on the Allies' war effort. Hitler may have had his Luftwaffe bombing London into oblivion. But when it came to air superiority of the broadcasting kind, nothing could match the power of the VOA and its six 200-kilowatt transmitters.
And unlike Hitler's propaganda machine, the VOA was broadcasting the truth.
"(President Franklin D. Roosevelt) felt we had to do something very radical," Haehnle recalls, sitting inside what used to be VOA's master control rooms in West Chester. "And one of the things they did when they first formed the Voice of America, they decided they were going to tell the truth. And no propaganda whatsoever."
That meant, at first, the shortwave radio signals emanating from the Bethany Station were carrying grim news that the war was going badly for the Allies.
"Even the worst news was broadcast," Haehnle said. "The idea in that was, if we tell the truth, when the truth turns they'll believe us. And it worked."
But Hitler didn't like the truth. So he tried a little psychological warfare. Trying to convince his own people that all was not lost, he called those who worked at the Bethany Station "the Cincinnati liars."
"What did you think about that?" FOX19 asked Haehnle.
"We were proud," he said.
It wasn't an easy job, broadcasting to the world. Hitler may have been evil but he was certainly no fool. He and his Nazi government tried to jam the VOA's signals.
"He jammed it and we fought the jammers for years during the war," said Haehnle. "There were all kinds of tricks to jump the jammers. One of them was jump frequencies."
In other words, quickly change the channel your broadcasting on before the jammers could find your signal and shut you down again. Sometimes VOA engineers might only get 15-minutes or so before they were jammed again. But that gave them enough time to "get in and sell the freight," as Haehnle puts it.
But how many people in Europe were listening? No one could be sure until the VOA broadcast a request to French farmers, whose country was occupied by German Nazis. In 1943, according to former transmitter plant supervisor Dave Snyder, the VOA asked them to burn their harvest.
"And in doing so it would prevent the harvest from going on train cars right into Germany to feed the Germans and to feed the German army," said Snyder, who worked at the Bethany Station in its later years. "And so on a certain day, there was smoke from one end of France to the other end. And they realized that, yes, these farmers --- everybody --- is listening to the Voice of America."
"Well, Robert Bauer actually got a knock on his door at his apartment and said you're now a sergeant in the Army and was given a uniform and shipped off to (the) New York studios," Snyder said. "So even though he wasn't a U.S. citizen at the time, he had the ability to speak so beautifully in German that they took him to the Voice of America studios, yes."
Bauer, a native of Austria, had another talent.
He could "perfectly mimic the Fuhrer," Snyder said. "He could say something with his Austrian accent and sound exactly like the Fuhrer."
Finding broadcasting stars in Cincinnati was pretty common in radio's heyday.
"Back in the 1930's, Cincinnati was behind (only) New York and Chicago in producing network national programs," said Mike Martini, a Cincinnati broadcasting historian and announcer. He's also one of the people who is instrumental in preserving the VOA facility in West Chester as a museum.
It's no wonder that when Haehnle worked meticulously for weeks drawing a map of how the VOA's signal from the Bethany Station reached far-flung spots around the globe, he put Cincinnati at the center of the earth.
Working in the shadows of the mighty transmitters here and learning you'd gotten under Hitler's skin, it must have felt like it was.
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:36 AM EDT2013-05-21 14:36:49 GMT
(RNN) – A day after long track tornadoes devastated Shawnee and Edmond, OK, another round has begun near Oklahoma City.KOCO broadcast a slow rotating cloud that slowly extended down towards the groundFull Story >
Dozens of people have died after a second day of tornadoes twisted through Oklahoma, this time taking aim at the town of Moore, south of Oklahoma City.Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 9:15 PM EDT2013-05-21 01:15:38 GMT
A massive tornado touched down to the southwest of Oklahoma City Monday afternoon. Starting out as a classic funnel it quickly became a giant half-mile wide wedge tornado as it proceeded east north eastFull Story >
A massive tornado touched down to the southwest of Oklahoma City Monday afternoon.Full Story >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 9:44 AM EDT2013-05-21 13:44:48 GMT
Eastbound 275 is closed this morning at the Kellogg due to a roll-over accident with an entrapment. The one car accident happened just after 3A-M. The car landed in the median. One person was takenFull Story >
Officers say speed and alcohol are suspected to be factors in the crash. Jones was wearing his seatbelt. Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 5:35 PM EDT2013-05-20 21:35:49 GMT
(RNN) - On May 3, 1999, an F5 tornado touched down near Chickasha, OK and cut northeast through the state before dissipating near Midwest City, OK.Monday's tornado that devastated Moore, OK closely followedFull Story >
In 1999, Oklahoma City saw an F5 tornado that caused more than $1 billion in damage. Full Story >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 6:22 AM EDT2013-05-21 10:22:59 GMT
Cincinnati Firefighters are responding to a fire in the 1800 of Jackson Street in Lincoln Heights. Witnesses reported seeing flames on the back side of the building. The location was known as "The SugarFull Story >
Crews from Woodlawn, Evendale and Wyoming are on the scene. The fire is out but the building is still smoking. Full Story >
A 23-year-old father is charged after allowing his 9-year-old daughter to drive. Police were called to the parking lot of Headland's State Park in Painesville Township on Sunday around 10:15 p.m. afterFull Story >
A Lake County, Ohio father is charged after allowing his 9-year-old daughter to drive.Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 10:39 PM EDT2013-05-21 02:39:58 GMT
Police are looking for the suspects who robbed the Fresh Market in Oakley. It happened just before 10 p.m. Monday night at the location on Madison Road. Initial reports are that two men with guns enteredFull Story >
Police are looking for the suspects who robbed the Fresh Market in Oakley.Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 10:00 PM EDT2013-05-21 02:00:13 GMT
Bonnie Esrig worked for the IRS for 38 years, many of which were spent in the Cincinnati field office. She retired in January 2013 as an Area Manager in Exempt Organizations Determinations. Esrig saysFull Story >
Bonnie Esrig worked for the IRS for 38 years, many of which were spent in the Cincinnati field office.Full Story >
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