Unlisted address, Mattapan
Ever wondered what “pirate radio” is? In 2019, the FCC levied record-breaking fines on the owners of two Haitian radio stations in Boston, including Radio Concorde, labelling them radio pirates—stations that broadcast locally on frequencies registered to other radio stations. It was a striking blow for a familiar community institution. For thousands of Haitians in Boston, Radio Concorde was a vital link to news and information from Haiti, for Haitians. Broadcast out of a small office in Mattapan, Radio Concorde’s signal only travelled a few miles, but was fundamentally important for Haitian residents who only speak Creole to receive news. Past guests included state senator Linda Dorcena Forry, the first Haitian woman elected to the state Senate. The FCC only offered a one month filing window for low power FM radio stations to receive permits and almost never accepts applications, effectively barring small-scale community stations like Radio Concorde from legally staying on the air. Radio Concorde now operates exclusively online.