Deregulation must have wiped out the rule that flatly prohibits foreign governments from controlling US stations. Where is our F.C.C? Right, Obama is going to bring us Radio Free China. Why Galveston, Houston area. Let me think……The only good news is that they got ripped off. One can wonder how many stations have they purchased or leased already.
GALVESTON — China Radio International bought “a pig in a poke” when it leased a Galveston radio station in January that network officials mistakenly believed broadcast to the Houston market, according to a former China Radio International employee.
“It was the dumbest thing they could have ever done,” said Mark Shorey, a consultant at CRI headquarters in Beijing before his resignation last month . “CRI believes that they are broadcasting in Houston and continue to announce this fact on the air and on their Web site.”
Shorey, who has 20 years of experience in radio, said he resigned from CRI, which is run by the Chinese government, Feb. 12 over a policy dispute after five months at the network. He declined to discuss the nature of the dispute.
Attempts to reach CRI officials in Beijing and CRI’s Washington bureau were unsuccessful.
Interviewed by telephone from London, Shorey said the two top managers in the English division of CRI told him they were convinced that KGBC was broadcasting to the Houston market. They refused to believe him when he showed them a Federal Communications Commission map showing that KGBC’s signal did not cover Houston, he said.
It is the first U.S. station to broadcast CRI programing 24 hours a day, although the network has purchased blocks of time on U.S. stations at least since 1993. http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/6896078.html