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Radio Free Europe Commercial - First Aired in 1959

Wilkins Coffee Commercial
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In the artwork for this one, I drew fan art of the wolf and rabbit characters from the Russian cartoon, Nu Pogodi. After all, the former Soviet Union still existed when that cartoon series was created.

Pic #1 has the soundtrack.

Pic #2 provides a larger image to view in more detail.

Younger furs weren't around to remember the Iron Curtain, and there are many who have never even heard of it. However, us grey mussels remember the Radio Free Europe commercials asking for funding donations to continue broadcasting programs into Soviet block countries.

After World War II, the Soviet Union employed a method of jamming radio station signals coming in to their country from Western European (radio broadcasts from "the free west").
How the Iron Curtain signal jamming system worked was rather simple really. It was a series of signal broadcasting stations within their own country operated by the KGB for the sole purpose of broadcasting a loud buzz-saw like noise on the same frequency the Western European radio stations broadcasted on.
In the west, that system was too far away to be a problem. However, in the Soviet Block countries, no one could listen to radio programs from the west because of the interfering noise on the same frequency. This left only the Soviet radio programs being available to those who live there.

Radio Free Europe broadcasted free speech programs into Soviet block countries through various methods of circumventing their jamming efforts, mostly by broadcasting on frequencies not yet used, thus not yet jammed by the KGB. Or overriding the jamming frequency with a signal strong enough to be heard above the interfering noise.

Below is a link to the actual commercial;


male 885,713, female 768,809, wolf 147,415, rabbit 95,981, tv 1,255, nu pogodi 124, iron curtain 2, radio free europe commercial 1, kgb agents 1
Type: Music - Single Track
Published: 1 year ago
Rating: General

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1 year ago
Ah the madness of the times.
1 year ago
In that part of the world, those were certainly pretty mad times.
1 year ago
Heck the US could be no better, just more subtle and selective.
1 year ago
Classic and great too!^^
1 year ago
Thanks...And thanks for the fave.
1 year ago

My pleasure!^^
1 year ago
I have a nasty feeling that if Clarence Coyote sees this commercial, he'll remind him of his stepfamily of how similar the Soviet Union radio of 1960 is to the mainstream media of 2018.
1 year ago
Between the two, there does seem to be very little difference...if any.
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