The power of Haitian Creole Radio stations in Local elections in Florida
The power of Haitian or Creole Radio stations can no longer be underestimated in Florida, in the United States or anywhere where there is a large community of Haitians.
Radio is the most effective method of communication if you want to reach the Haitian community. Whether you are in Haiti or anywhere in the world; if you want to stay connected with Haiti or the Haitian community, there is no other option.
In Miami it is no different. Specially in this city where you find the largest concentration of Haitians in one area, Radio has become even more important. For 30% of North Miami's residents, Créole is the primary and perhaps only language they speak.
During local or national elections, these radio stations become the deciding factors as to whether or not you will be elected. Candidates who run for office in North Miami depend on Haitian radio to present themselves to listeners.
There Haitian radios hold huge influence. What they say, whether true or not, is received by their Créole-speaking audience and based on that, they make their choices between the candidates. Some people complain of the fact that they don't get a fair hearing on Haitian radio, specially if the show host has close ties to an opponent.
Those ties may include payout or special deals between the candidates and the radio hosts.