Lesly Prudent

Politics
2:39 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

On Haitian Radio, North Miami Elections Are Real-Life Drama

North Miami Mayor-Elect Lucie Tondreau was one of several of that city's candidates at the center of real-life Haitian radio drama.
Credit C.W. Griffin/ Miami Herald Staff

In the city of North Miami, a third of the population is of Haitian descent, and Creole-language radio is vital. During the lead-up to Tuesday’s runoff for city council and mayor, all kinds of election drama played out over the airwaves.

In North Miami, anyone running for office has no choice but to keep up with the latest chatter on the radio, regardless of whether they speak Creole. Many of the city’s Haitian residents rely on radio for their news and often take as gospel what radio hosts tell them—even when it’s not true.

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