Obit of the Day: A “Voice of America”
For nearly a quarter century, listeners to the U.S.-sponsored radio network Voice of America, would awaken to the voice of Pat Gates on her “Breakfast Show.” Except for serving a few months as press aide to First Lady Pat Nixon in 1969, Ms. Games hosted her show as it was broadcast around the world as part of the United States Col War propoganda campaign. (Many Communist bloc countries jammed the VOA broadcast and China still does.)
For her service, she was named by President Ronald Reagan to serve as the ambassador to Madagascar from 1986 to 1989. When she left the post she returned to the broadcast booth, this time for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty as Communism was taking its last breaths.
Gates, who also served as a radio reporter in Europe and the Soviet Union for NBC and Armed Forces radio, wrote a memoir in 2008: Thank You for Listening. She was 85 years old.
(Image of Pat Gates along with other Voice of America legends Phil Irwin, left, and Al Johnson courtesy of http://harry.cckerala.com a site dedicated to VOA and Radio Ceylon.)