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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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Popular Radio Host Baz Normal of Touche Douce is dead

The popular promoter, band Manager and Radio host Baz Normal is dead. This is an information that we just learned presently. According to our sources, Baz normal was only 48 years old when he died

You may not know this gentleman if you did not live in Miami. However, many people who frequently listen to the popular, manly kompas music Radio Station are very familiar to his voice

The cause of his death has not yet been determined. In the meantime, the team at offers his condolences to the family and friends of Baz Normal

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Jean Dominique and the Duvalier Era

It is always thought wiser to teach a man to fish than to hand him one. This is a sentiment that Jean Dominique shaped his career around upon returning to Haiti from private school in France. Working with the poor, he took his training in agronomy to teach the peasantry how to sustain themselves through skillful use of the land.

Because of his efforts, which included showing peasant farmers how to avoid being in debt to wealthy landowners, Dominique was imprisoned for six months due to the connivance of the landowners who convinced the authorities to jail him so they could hold on to their control over the peasants. Upon his release from jail, he became a fierce detractor of François 'Papa Doc' Duvalier and his militant regime.

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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 Caraibes and Patrick Moussignac, Ranmasse, Jean Monard Metellus

Brown Family created the Radio Caraibes in 1949. Currently, Patrick Moussignac runs Radio Caraibes, which hosts Ranmasse, the most popular talk show on Haitian Island. Radio Television Caraibes is currently working on call-to-listen service which will provide its listeners with an on-demand service. The popular talk-show Ranmasse, which is broadcasted live on every Saturday morning, will be made available 24 hours a day through AudioNow using the call-to-listen service.

AudioNow awarded Patrick Moussignac with Chairman's Award for Open Media Access and Social Engagement because of his innovative ideas which are geared not only towards the development of Radio Caraibes but also towards understanding the needs of the listeners.

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$300,000 Offered to alleged victim to keep quiet on Josue Pierre-Louis Rape case

We have new information on the rape case of Josue Pierre-Louis.

New information coming from the father of the rape victim would suggest that the team working for Josue Pierre-Louis is willing to use cash and influence to keep the case from going any further.

It has been disclosed that the team defending former Justice Minister and actual President of the CEP, Losue Pierre-Louis, have been trying to buy the opposition. The father of the alleged rape victim said says that the Haitian government offered his daughter $300,000.00 and a job at a consul office outside of the country if she would drop her rape case against Josue Pierre-Louis.

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Herve Bastien, spokesperson for Noel and cecibon

He is a spokesperson to noel and cecibon. Herve Bastien a Haitian by nationality, born by Haitian parents but later immigrated to the US where he settled in Miami. He is also a radio presenter for a radio show known as Les Bonnes Addresseson Miami's AM1700 Radio Planet 17. He has been able to achieve all these through hard work and many struggles where he has been able to easily make it out of being a great dedicated worker and a focused one at that.

There have been many hustles Herve Bastien has undergone most of which he has been able to go through only through the use of his talent and passion which is to entertain people through the use of his talent. This has taken him to many unimaginable places and heights most of which he is only able to go through only due to his own dedication and interest.

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Bernier Sylvain, Director General Radio and Tele National (RNH),

The Haitian public administration has recently undergone the appointment of 6 new Directors General and 2 Deputy Directors to for positions like the Director General Radio and Tele National (RNH). Bernier Sylvain is one of the people receiving the promotion.

These appointments were published in a presidential decree in the official newspaper of Haiti "Le Moniteur" on Thursday May 17, 2012. These are as follows: Mr. Bernier Sylvain, who was already the head of the National Radio of Haiti (RNH), was appointed Director General. He replaces the director Pradel Henriquez, who was in the post since 2006. Gamal Augustin was appointed Deputy Director of Radio and Television National of Haiti (RTNH). Mr. Emmanuel Piard has been appointed Director of the National Center for Geospatial Information (CNIGS).

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CPAM 1610, popular Haitian Radio Station in Montreal set on fire

The authorities continue to investigate a fire incident in the popular radio station CPAM 1610 in Montreal. The station was damaged by two fires on July 2 and the police said the incident was suspicious. Luckily, no one was in the building when the incident occurred. According to reports, the station's front window was broken and the fire started near it. A second fire ignited at the second floor of the station located at the corner of Musset Ave. and Cremazie Blvd. Montreal Fire Department spokesperson Claude Deschuymer said the fire was likely caused by Molotov cocktails because broken glass was seen in both places where the fire started.

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