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Laura Wagner, Radio Haiti Archive

Laura Wagner on the Radio Haiti Archive-- a vast collection of recordings from the first independent radio station in Haiti. Founded in 1935 as an entertainment medium, under the leadership of fearless reporters Jean Dominique and Michèle Montas, the station in the 1960s became a mouthpiece for resistance to dictatorial rule and political corruption. Surviving through tides of political strife during the Duvalier regime and outright attacks on the station, including exile, torture, and execution of reporters and radio directors, Radio Haiti lasted as a voice of Haitian democracy until its closure in 2003.

Housed in the Human Rights Archive at Duke University’s David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the Radio Haiti Archive is being restored and digitized, and is set to be published in a free online database with access for all. 3,000 cassette and reel-to-reel tapes remain to be archived.

Laura Wagner is a writer, novelist, and anthropologist currently processing the Radio Haiti Archive. She lived in Port-au-Prince from 2009 to 2012, and returns whenever she can.

These programs are made available on Clocktower Radio in partnership with The Radio Haiti Archive, part of the Human Rights Archive at the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Duke University. To find out more about this historic archive, visit


Ghetto Biennale: Radyo Shak


Radyo Shak was the independent broadcast voice of the Ghetto Biennale lakou 2015. Based in a shack in the Grand Rue Atis-Resistans compound of Port-au-Prince, Clocktower Radio's Radyo Shak broadcast Haiti's biennale happenings, from December 10-21, 2015. Radyo Shak Program Director Richard Fleming and Radyo Shak Project Director Jake Nussbaum hosted freeform radio in the bidonville, including Rara bands, interviews with locals, artists and writers, project updates, and Haitian revolutionary history over FM radio, Internet radio, and analog broadcast amplified through speakers and PA. The Kreyòl language programming from the Radyo Shak is available here: Geto Byenal: Radyo Shak (Kreyòl) In addition to the recordings archived here that were collected onsite during the biennale, Clocktower's Ghetto Biennale: Radyo Shak series includes additional material gathered from Haitian musicians, DJ sets, record labels, expats, artists, and more, to give our listeners a complete audio landscape of Haiti in the world today.