Leo Sarkisian, 91, officially retired on Friday. The weekly radio show he started, “Music Time in Africa,” is, at 47 years old, VOA’s longest-running English-language program.
1950s Leo Sarkisian records musicians at Kabul Radio using gear he was given when he left a job in Hollywood. Sarkisian, a noted ethnomusicologist on African music, was offered a job at Voice of America by famed broadcaster Edward R. Murrow. In 1965, he launched “Music Time in Africa,” a weekly program that features traditional and contemporary music from the continent. Voice of America Buy Photo