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China Radio International messes with Texas

Galveston, Texas

Galveston is a city of about 50,000 people on an island on the Texas Gulf coast. An unlikely place for a Chinese soft power push?

From The Houston Chronicle

GALVESTON, TEXAS — George Lee was stunned Saturday to hear a Chinese news agency broadcasting during the time his news and variety program usually aired on Galveston's only radio station.

“It was so bizarre, I thought I must be in a coma, and I'm dreaming this,” Lee said...

...“The thing that amazes me is why Radio International China Beijing?” said Glenn Richards, KGBC morning show producer until last weekend. “It's not really geared to anybody locally.”...

CRI has been broadcasting in the U.S. at least since 1993, usually by buying one- or two-hour chunks of air time on local stations. KXYZ 1320 in Houston once carried CRI...

...“Could the people of Galveston not care about Chinese news?” [station owner] Gabriel Arango asked. “That may be true, but apparently they didn't like Galveston news either.”

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