Department of Public Information Launches UN Radio News/USA, a New Audio News Service for U.S. Radio Market

November 1, 2005


Megan Rabbitt

United Nations Radio today launched UN Radio News/USA, a new source of audio feeds for radio broadcasters about the world Organization and the issues that affect the American people. UN Radio News/USA is updated as news breaks and is available free to radio stations at

“This service is a ‘one-stop shop’ for broadcasters in the United States”, said Susan Farkas, Chief of the Department of Public Information’s Radio and Television Service. “They have quick and easy access to news that affects all Americans”, she added.

Through the service, broadcasters enjoy access to a selection of actualities as well as complete, unedited audio of the day’s meetings, speeches, news conferences and media stakeouts, making it possible for stations to cover the UN as never before. Spanish news and special reports will also be posted.

UN Radio News/USA offers broadcasters several short bulletins each day on news and events at the United Nations, as well as slightly longer features on UN issues with an American angle. These segments are designed to fit into local newscasts or to stand alone as international and current affairs programming.

UN Radio News/USA is produced by Jerry Piasecki, a Michigan-born award-winning radio reporter with extensive experience in broadcast journalism, marketing and international organizations. He has 18 years of experience as a radio news director and reporter in the United States. His novel, Marie:In the Shadow of the Lion, has been used successfully in schools in 15 American states and in more than 17 countries as part of a curriculum to teach children about humanitarian work.

For more information on UN Radio News/USA, please contact Ms. Takako Nagumo, UN Radio Promotion and Distribution, at (917) 367-5007 or
UN Radio News/USA is supported by the United Nations Foundation.

For more information, please visit the Foundation’s website, at



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