China Radio International displaces local content on a Galveston AM station.

Posted: 06 Jan 2010   Print   Send a link
"Unable to dial in enough financial support from advertisers, owners of KGBC radio [Galveston, Texas] have leased all the station’s airtime to one of China’s state-owned media companies, ending a yearlong effort at local programming. The sudden format switch killed local shows and surprised and disappointed loyal listeners and a few advertisers. People who tuned into 1540 AM on Jan. 1 expecting classic rock and local talk instead got Asian music and political forums, along with an array of unfamiliar programming. Principals with Siga Broadcasting, which owns the station, declined to name the group to which it leased the airtime, citing confidentiality agreements as the parties finalize contracts. But on air, China Radio International, an external radio station of the People’s Republic of China, is taking credit for the programming." Laura Elder, The Daily News (Galveston), 5 January 2010. No reciprocity, of course. VOA cannot similarly lease time on a Chinese radio station.