WCRW – AM 1190, WASHINGTON broadcasts China Radio International’s English-language broadcasting platform 24/7. The programming provides global audiences with news, reports and feature programs with a distinctive Chinese flavor and an international perspective.
Since August 1992, New World Radio Group, the owner of WCRW, has broadcast China Radio International (“CRI”) in Washington. In fact, New World was the first radio group outside of China to broadcast CRI over local airwaves.
In early 2012, New World expanded the local program availability of CRI and now covers the Washington Metro Area with a 50,000-watt signal on WCRW. The programming allows Washington listeners to have a window on China; to learn about China and how China views the world.
Understanding the rise of China through the eyes of Chinese programming deepens our understanding of this important trading partner and oft-times competitor, especially on how they perceive world politics, and the impact of Chinese policy-making on our own internal debate. It is alarming to consider how ignorant we in the West are about China. We remain ignorant at our peril.
The Washington, DC market is the 8th largest in America with a population of over 4-million. But of greatest importance is the fact that Washington is the capital of the United States and as such is not only the seat of government, but also the host to embassies and consulates from every country in the world. International institutions like the World Bank, Interamerican Development Bank, International Monetary Fund and others employ tens of thousands of foreign nationals who have made Washington their permanent home. Countless international associations, trade organizations, economic institutions, and other global organizations bring thousands of others to our city. Moreover, every year, 1.9 million international tourists come to Washington.