Station Switched From Bluegrass to Radio Sputnik—and Got Threats From the Feds

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    Why am I posting this? Because it involves the broadcast biz, and it’s interesting. From Bloomberg:

    A U.S. Station Switched From Bluegrass to Radio Sputnik—and Got Threats From the Feds
    A broadcaster of the Russian-sponsored news and opinion channel was made to register as a foreign agent.

    When a Washington, D.C.-area radio station owner switched from playing bluegrass music to Russian-sponsored news and opinion last summer, he didn’t expect the U.S. Department of Justice to treat him as a foreign agent. For nine years, John Garziglia had a deal with American University’s public radio station, WAMU, to rebroadcast its HD Bluegrass Country programming on his 105.5 FM station in Reston, Va. When WAMU canceled the bluegrass program because of its shrinking audience and a $142,000 operating deficit, Garziglia turned to a broker to find someone else to buy his station’s airtime.

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