Des Moines — WHO radio, where President Reagan began his broadcasting career in the 1930s, may be getting caught in the cross fire of a radio war between Cuba and the United States.
The Reagan administration is planning to build a radio station, named Radio Marti after a Cuban patriot, to beam news and propaganda to Cuba. It will broadcast on the same channel as WHO, a clear-channel 50,000-watt station founded in the 1920s. Cuba has threatened to build a 500-kilowatt station, 10 times as powerful, on the same frequency to drown out the US broadcasts.
A spokesman for WHO said the Cuban station would wipe out WHO sports and call-in programs in the southeastern US.