Radio Mambi host reacts to sale amid political storm

DORAL, Florida. – Ahead of a scheduled meeting with leaders of a Democratic-backed group intention to buy Doral-based Spanish-language radio station Radio Mambí, a popular radio station host backed by radical Cuban exiles, has amplified fears that the station is no longer a conservative bulwark.

Host Ninoska Perez Castellon denounced “attacks and misinformation about misinformation” when commenting on the sale, and was later joined by US Senator Rick Scott, R-Florida.

The new owners, however, promise that the “voice of Cuban exiles” will remain as it is. They traveled to Doral to meet with station workers on Thursday.

The Latino Media Network, a startup founded by two political strategists who worked for the presidential campaigns of President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, has reached a $60 million deal to acquire 18 AM and FM stations in ten US cities from from Televisa/Univision. The agreement announced on June 3 must still be approved by the Federal Communications Commission.

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The network has raised a total of $80 million from high-profile investors such as actress Eva Longoria, who is also a Democratic political activist, and former Florida Republican Party Chairman Al Cardenas, now a critic. of former President Donald Trump. The debt in question is funded by Lakestar Finance LLC, a company affiliated with Democratic mega-donor George Soros.

The deal was harshly criticized by Republicans in Florida, from the Cuban-American House delegation to U.S. Senator Marco Rubio and Governor Ron DeSantis. Coalition members said they were exploring legal ways to challenge the takeover.

Democrats pointed to certain broadcasts on Radio Mambi and other Spanish-language radio stations when raising concerns about misinformation, particularly after the Jan. 6 uprising at the U.S. Capitol. Republicans say the charges are being used to distract from Democrats’ poor performance among Hispanic voters in South Florida and Texas in the 2020 election.

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FCC approval tends to take at least a year, but owners expect it to take even longer due to backlash from Miami.

Copyright 2022 by WPLG Local10.com – All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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