Russian state-funded news outlet Sputnik Radio has begun broadcasting in the Washington, DC area, in an effort to reach more Americans with its “alternative news” programs. Starting in 2014, the channel had only been available online to listeners in the United States.
According to the station website, “Sputnik points the way to a multipolar world that respects every country’s national interests, culture, history and traditions. The agency is uniquely positioned as a provider of alternative news content.”
The radio station claims while they promote alternative viewpoints from those outside the mainstream media and are also funded by the Russian government, they are not biased in favor of the Kremlin.
“People heard a lot about us. Unfortunately, they could not really listen to us. And people who were reporting about us quite often wouldn’t even bother to listen to us and present how they see us, present what we do, accurately,” said Mindia Gavasheli, Sputnik DC bureau’s editor-in-chief.
The station began broadcasting on July 1 from studios three blocks from the White House on K Street. Sputnik Radio has a staff of approximately 40 employees, and broadcasts in English. The Washington, DC metro area is the outlet’s only terrestrial radio station in the United States. They broadcast at 105.5 FM.
The channel was previously owned by WAMU and followed a bluegrass country music format.