Chinese Delivery, Take Two: A New ‘URadio’ Border-Blaster Ask


On June 22, the FCC gave the entity behind URadio, a Mandarin-language audio operation targeting the large Chinese population across Southern California, 48 hours to sever its programming pipeline to a mega-watt AM based in Tijuana, Mexico, for delivery of its music and messages to U.S.-based audiences.

Why? Their application to the Commission’s International Division failed to include a key participant, the Commission found. And, that participant is funded by the Chinese government, it said — likely under pressure from an influential Republican Senator.

Now, the parties involved with bringing URadio to Los Angeles, San Diego, Riverside-San Bernardino, Oxnard-Ventura and Santa Barbara are trying again.

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