BBC's special Creole broadcast continues, or at least did two days ago (updated).

Posted: 11 Feb 2010   Print   Send a link
"Based on a remark from someone at BBCWS Trust, assumed [see previous post] that the first week in February was to be the 'last week' for Connexion Haïti, the special Creole program BBCWS pulled together a week or two after the quake, in the wake of immediate Creole expansion by VOA. It had been inserted into the Spanish hour, at 1232:30-1252:30 via WHRI 9410 and Guiana French 11860; however, on Friday Feb 5 we heard them say they`d be back the next day, altho unchecked on Saturday and Sunday. Surely this would be gone by Monday, and the Spanish frequencies back to classical music fill? No. But it almost seemed that way, as the show did not start at the appointed time. When we intuned 9410 Feb 8 at 1237 there was an apology loop in French (not Creole), with music, saying programming was unavailable from BBC Afrique, so check out Afrique? How did that get in here? But at 1238 axually started Connexion Haïti which thus still exists; perhaps it is being extended, maybe, day to day, or week to week. If it was needed before, it is not needed any less now. This late start should have been just in time to get it finished before the transmissions end at 1300 sharp." Glenn Hauser, reporting to his DX Listening Digest Yahoo! Group, 8 February 2010.
     "Radio has always been an important part of Haitian society. And since the earthquake, it has played an even more critical role, serving as the primary mode of transmitting information about aid. We talk with Michael Deibert, a freelance journalist who recently returned from Haiti and spent time with local radio hosts there. We also speak to Emilio San Pedro, an editor for Connexion Haiti, a new lifeline BBC program broadcast on six stations throughout Haiti." The Takeaway, 10 February 2010.
     Marc Los Huertos' "unit, the 4th PSYOP Group, organizes, equips and trains forces to conduct psychological operations and other communication tasks in support of combatant commanders, joint and coalition task forces and other government agencies. Haiti is his first deployment. ... 'He told us he really likes the Haitian people and they are excited to meet soldiers. He said food distribution in that neighborhood has been very organized. People must get tickets from designated camps and only women get the tickets. Things are a little more peaceful than it was the first couple days after the earthquake struck.'" Alia Wilson, Santa Cruz Sentnel, 7 February 2010.
     Update: "Sgt. Ryan and Spc. Anthony belong to Fort Bragg's 4th Psychological Operations Group. Commanders wouldn't allow their last names to be published because they work in special operations. About 40 soldiers from the 4th Psychological Operations Group have come to Haiti, dispersing into small teams attached to units of soldiers and Marines. In Afghanistan or Iraq, they may try to persuade insurgents to change sides or try to sway village support toward NATO troops. Here, they call themselves information support teams, and their job is to kill confusion with loudspeakers. Ryan, who grew up in Italy the son of missionaries, speaks Spanish, Italian, German and French. Anthony knows Brazilian Portuguese, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese. Ryan's French doesn't match perfectly with the local Creole, but he said he's always been able to get his point across. Most afternoons, they crank up their up-armored Humvee and head into Port-au-Prince. On the turret, where there would usually be a machine gun or a grenade launcher, they have speakers. They drive around the city like ice cream men, the loudspeakers blaring. They tell people what station to tune into for more information about food distribution or government programs that are offering help. Thousands of hand-held radios have been given away throughout the city." John Ramsey, Fayette (NC) Observer, 11 February 2010. See previous Haiti media update.