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Radio Soleil

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Radio station serving the global Haitian community

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Borough : Brooklyn
Neighborhood : Flatbush
Commercial, Social Movements, Caribbean/ American, Education

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Radio Soleil is the radio station for New York City’s Haitian community, serving a million captivated, dedicated listeners. Founded in 1992, Radio Soleil is a go-to source for Haitians to receive news and information about Haiti. As Haitian artist Kessler Pierre says, “when we want to find out what’s going on at home, we don’t get it from the New York Times or CNN.” The station is the one place where Haitians can hear progressive news in their own language, as well as Haitian music programs such as Haitian Boleras and Escale Caraibeenne (Saturday Night Ball). Radio Soleil has helped its community maintain ties to the homeland for nearly a quarter of a century. After the Haitian earthquake in 2010, hundreds of Haitian New Yorkers gathered outside the radio station for news. As of October 2016, in the wake of Hurricane Matthew, the station is again playing a critical role...

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