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.

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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.

Out of curiosity the Haitians began to transform the receivers to allow them tap other frequencies. This spirit is what has developed the radio diversity in the country. Almost every community in Haiti has their own broadcasting station.

Even the most remote areas in Haiti can access information from the capital. The adventurous citizens gather a few components to get on air. A generator, mixer, a microphone and antennae are enough to speak to your world.

A List of some of the most popular Haitian Radio Stations:

Radio Lumiere 97.9FM, 660AM
Country: Port-au-Prince, Haiti
URL: radiolumiere.org

Radio Tele Soleil
Country: Port-au-Prince, Haiti
URL: radiosoleil.org

Radio Voix de l'Esperance 89.7 FM
Country: Port-au-Prince, Haiti
URL: radiovoixdelesperance.com

Radio Caraibes FM 94.5 FM
Country: Port-au-Prince, Haiti
URL: caraibesfm.com

Radio Energie FM 101.7 FM
Country: Port-au-Prince, Haiti
URL: energiefm.com

Radio Signal FM 90.5 FM
Country: Port-au-Prince, Haiti
URL: signalfmhaiti.com

Radio Metropole
Country: Port-au-Prince, Haiti
URL: metropolehaiti.com

Radio Galaxie 104.5 FM
Country: Port-au-Prince, Haiti
URL: radiogalaxiehaiti.com

Radio Kiskeya 88.5 FM
Country: Port-au-Prince, Haiti
URL: radiokiskeya.com

Radio Vision 2000 99.3 FM
Country: Port-au-Prince, Haiti
URL: radiovision2000haiti.net

Radio Melodie FM Haiti 103.3FM
Country: Port-au-Prince, Haiti
URL: melodiehaiti.com

Radio Port- au Prince Plus
Country: Port-au-Prince, Haiti
URL: radioportauprinceplus.com

Radio Magik9 100.9 FM
Country: Port-au-Prince, Haiti
URL: magik9haiti.com

Radio Delta Stereo 105.7 FM
Country: Port-au-Prince, Haiti
URL: radiodeltastereo.com

Radio Tele Ginen 92.9 FM, 1030am
Country: Port-au-Prince, Haiti
URL: radioteleginenhaiti.com

Radio Tropic FM 91.3 FM
Country: Port-au-Prince, Haiti
URL: radiotropichaiti.com

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Patrick Gaspard says...

I think it stsrted much earlier than 1960. I was born in the fifties and by the time I was a todler there was around six or less stations in Port au princelike RADIO HAITI RADIO PORT AU PRINCE CARAIBES, MBC(MAGLOIR BROADCASTING CIRCUIT),RADIO DIFFUSION HAITIENNE, RADIO

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