Feinberg and hope that the fruits of his rich imagination would not create more conspiracy theories around Sputnik." The outlet has been part of the broader debate over Russian-funded media outlets, like television station Russia Today, which is available as part of a number of cable packages in addition to a presence on YouTube.
A Director of National Intelligence report about Russian interference in the 2016 election accused both RT and Sputnik of being part of Russian propaganda efforts that "contributed to the influence campaign by serving as a platform for Kremlin messaging to Russian and international audiences." (Full disclosure: I worked at RT America in 2013 and have appeared as a guest on a radio show broadcast by Sputnik that no longer exists.) "If you've heard anything about Sputnik, it's that these are the nefarious people who hacked our election and imposed Donald Trump on us," says Gavasheli.
"But the expense of running that was about a third of our budget and we're in much better financial shape now.
Frankly, the signal at 105.5 isn't that great—you lose it in Rockville." Both Gavasheli and Teskey declined to name the third-party provider.
He says that Radio Sputnik has already been carried on HD radio, and the transition will have 105.5 rebroadcast 93.9 HD 3 for listeners.