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WILD-AM format change: From black-oriented talk to Chinese propaganda
By adamg on Thu, 06/02/2011 - 10:18am
Shocker for Al Sharpton fans: Boston Radio Watch reports the station's owners have signed a long-term lease with China Radio International to broadcast "news, music, language lessons and human interest stories from China live from Beijing."
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Government propaganda, then?
EVERYTHING SUNNY ALL THE TIME ALWAYS.
New station tagline
"You love us long time!"
So is this promoting
So is this promoting diversity or an act of blatant racism according the powers that be? /sarc
Has the Boston area ever had a radio station catering to Orientals before this network? It seems funny that in an era of internet news and social media, non satellite radio is still behind the times in offering international and ethnic selections. Though this probably has a lot to do with FCC regulation and licensing of radio operators.
This isn't a station for Chinese residents in the Boston area. It's sort of like Voice of America - an attempt to promote China through shows such as The Hot Pot Show with Duggy Day and detailed looks at China's 12th five-year plan.
I use the term "Orientals"
I use the term "Orientals" (ethnic groups from roughly the region China occupies) because "Asian" is too broad and really could include every ethnicity from India to Indonesia and Japan, which are all very distinct and different peoples.
It makes no sense to operate a purely propaganda channel. I thought that this would going to be an expat oriented station with a pro-government sponsorship slant.
The Orient Express train went to Istanbul, not
ConstantinopleChina. (Surprised me the first time I read about it.)
It may make no sense, but that's what they're doing
See this Washington Post article about a similar Chinese deal in Galveston, Texas:
It's not a very modern strategy
They clearly don't understand our current media habits if they think it's worthwhile to gobble up small AM stations with limited reach. It might have been worth something more if digital radio (aka HD Radio) were more successful in this country, but given it's just propaganda I don't really care, either.
Didn't work well when they bought a national newspaper, either
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Try Asian-Pacific rather than Oriental - or maybe Chinese