Kansas City Radio Station Agrees To Broadcast Russian Propaganda
A lease agreement struck by a local radio operator allows Russian state-owned media programming to be broadcast from a Kansas City area radio station for six hours a day, according to The Kansas City Star.
RM Broadcasting LLC, a Florida-based company that has agreements to broadcast the Russian state media program Radio Sputnik, reached a deal on Jan. 1 to lease air time through Alpine Broadcasting Corp. Alpine Broadcasting Corp. broadcasts on three frequencies in the Kansas City area: KCXL 1140 AM, 102.9 FM, and 104.7 FM.
KCXL’s website says that it’s the radio station that will “tell you the things that the liberal media won’t (sic) tell you.”
A report by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence in 2017 described Sputnik as “another government-funded outlet producing pro-Kremlin radio and online content in a variety of languages for international audiences.”
Sputnik, along with Russian television outlet RT (formerly Russia Today), “contributed to the influence campaign by serving as a platform for Kremlin messaging to Russian and international audiences,” the DNI assessment said.
A larger set of findings by the Director of National Intelligence said that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an influence campaign during the 2016 presidential election that sought to undermine public faith in the U.S. election process, denigrate Hillary Clinton, and promote Donald Trump.
RM Broadcasting was ordered by a federal judge in 2019 to register as a foreign agent under the U.S. Foreign Agents Registration Act, which requires political agents in the U.S. acting on a foreign government’s behalf to disclose their relationships, finances, and activities.
When RM Broadcasting registered, it disclosed that it had received $1.43 million in payments from Rossiya Segodnya, a Russian government-owned news agency, to buy air time for Radio Sputnik from 2017 to 2019.
KCXL’s website describes itself as an outlet that “will bring you the truth.”
“America is a very different country than it used to be,” their website says. “We used to be a country of freedom, job, opportunity, and equality. Now, we are a country that looks down upon traditional values. We are a country that puts its citizens second to citizens of other countries.”