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Radio host, producer, filmmaker, Bob Lemoine is dead

The popular Haitian radio host Bob Lemoine is dead. According to relatives, he passed away on Sunday, March 8, 2015 in Miami. He has been sick for the or the past few months

Former Super star at Radio Metropole, producer, filmmaker, Bob Lemoine made an impact on many generations in Haiti. Coincidentally, Bob Lemoine died on March 8, the same exact date that Radio Metropole is celebrating it anniversary.

Some of his realizations include: De Olivia, Magie Noire en Haiti, Gabel, movie "L'Automne En Mille Morceaux"

Kreyol Pale, Kreyol Kompran

Bob Lemoine mouri

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Great Litigator Constantin Mayard-Paul

The Haitian legal profession has lost its most talented and dynamic litigator, Constantin Mayard-Paul, to an embolism, causing his heart to stop on May 30, 2008. When word of his death spread to Port-au-Prince Bar Association, they sent a courier notice asking all cases being heard that day in Port-au-Prince courts adjourn in honor of Constantin's demise.

Public-commentary station, Radio Kiskeya, interviewed Constantin's son, Thierry Mayard-Paul. Bereaved to say much, he did share his father's battle with emphysema, saying it did not prevent him from enjoying his retirement after half a century of practicing law.

One of Constantin's closest colleagues, Gérard Gourgue, spoke to news outlets about his nearly 60-year friendship with him. He said they had worked together on cases referred to their advocacy group, Haitian Human Rights League. He also noted some characteristics of Constantin's he admired, like his acute attention to fine points of law, his assiduous trial preparation, and diligent witness preparation for depositions.

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Independent Journalist Nancy Roc to stop Metropolis

The Journalist Nancy Roc is calling it a quit. After close to 28 years, the Independent Journalist will have her last show of metropolis broadcasted Saturday, July 27 and August 3, 2013, at which time, Metropolis will cease to exist on Radio Metropole.

According to Nancy Roc, she is sorry to break her contract with Radio Metropole. Several issues of Metropolis were censored by Radio Metropole, an act she considers to be unconstitutional and illegal based on Article 28.1 of the Constitution of the Republic of Haiti.

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The History of Radio Broadcasting in Haiti

Radios are a major part of Haitian Culture. Almost everyone, children, youth, women and men in Haiti listen to radio. Statistics show that over 97 percent of the country's population own a radio set and at least three hundred radio broadcasting stations are operational.

According to Paolo Woods, a renowned photographer, the radio "is always on" in Haiti. It is playing everywhere; in the shops and restaurants. "It is like background sound".

Every influential person in Haiti in need of audience gets space. Catholic nuns and voodoo priests get their share to broadcast religious material.

The history of radios in Haiti is a funny one. Radios arrived in the 1930s and would only tune to one and only one channel. US missionaries donated the very first receivers to the Haitians hoping that they would be faithful listeners of Radio Lumiere.

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The power of Radio in the Haitian Society

Haitian radio is the chief means of media communication on the island. Few have income to buy a TV, and those who have sets are subject to unreliable electricity service. Going online to access news coverage is impossible for all but the rich. Not only is newspaper distribution minimal, but 80% of the population are illiterate. The only information source available to everyone is the radio and radio stations are plentiful in Haiti. Reception is widely accessible in virtually every village on the island. Radios cost little to own and run on batteries.

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Radio Metropole Website Informs Readers on Food Shortage Problem

Radio Metropole, a radio station operating out of Port-au-Prince, broadcasts in French. With a large listening audience, it runs regular news briefs and information geared to its listenership. Launched in 1970, it became the first Haitian station to switch to FM, produce stereo broadcasts, and introduce the CD format.

Radio Metropole has an online news website, delivering coverage on politics, the economy, sports, and culture. It also broadcasts feature programs, such as "Metropolis" and "Investir" with hosts Nancy Roc and Kesner Pharel.

Recent updates include news stories about government of Haiti's declared state of emergency continuing after Hurricane Sandy blasted the island; lowering of rice prices; and launch of green energy programs. The feature story, a research study, forecasts another food shortage looming on Haiti's horizon. The approaching famine will arrive on the heels of food shortages in the countrysides of North, West, and Grand'Anse Departments, occurring after Sandy.

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