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Oldest Chinese Radio Station in Bay Area Closes

Sing Tao Daily, news, Posted: Jun 28, 2009

SAN FRANCISCO Mandarin Radio Station, which was started on Feb. 15, 1977, will stop broadcasting by the end of this month. The Sing Tao Daily reports Junxiong Chen, founder and president of the station, whos in his 80s, said his age and his family members opinion are the two main reasons for the decision. Chen said the business pressure has been growing in the past 10 years. Though there are half a million Chinese Americans living in the Bay Area, they speak different languages, including Cantonese and English. The radio station doesnt have a large audience pool. At the same time, newer radio stations and other media like TV, newspapers and magazines have made it much more competitive to gain advertisements.

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