Former USIA Head Charles Z. Wick Dies; Launched Radio Marti
July 23, 2008 at 5:36 AM (PT)
Former UNITED STATES INFORMATION AGENCY Director CHARLES Z. WICK, who was the head of the agency when it launched RADIO MARTI in 1983, died SUNDAY of natural causes in LOS ANGELES at 90.
WICK, a former movie producer and investor, was a controversial appointment when his friend President RONALD REAGAN named him to the USIA post in 1981, but expanded the agency's reach with satellite television and radio during his tenure (1981-89). RADIO MARTI, targeting CUBA, was created during his tenure with the agency. He also survived a controversy over his surreptitious taping of phone calls to his office.