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Radio and TV Martí

Radio and TV Marti logo

The Office of Cuba Broadcasting (OCB) oversees the operations of Radio and TV Martí from its headquarters in Miam i, Florida. Radio and TV Martí serve as consistently reliable and authoritative sources of accurate, objective, and comprehensive news for people in Cuba, where media are controlled and highly censored by the authorities.

Radio Martí provided groundbreaking reporting on local events across Cuba, through its expanded outreach to a growing community of Cuban bloggers and independent journalists and by capitalizing on cell phone access. Along with U.S. and world news, OCB’s hallmarks include human rights topics such as marches by the “Ladies in White” (relatives of political prisoners in Cuba) and the harassment and imprisonment of independent journalists by the Cuban government. Radio Martí broadcasts breaking news and analysis programs seven days a week, 24 hours a day by shortwave and medium wave.

TV Martí broadcasts 24 hours per day, seven days a week on the Hispasat satellite; two and a half hours per day, five days a week from a modified aircraft, AeroMartí, on VHF and UHF frequencies, and three hours per day, five days a week on DirecTV satellite. Approximately ten hours of original, contemporary, fast-paced TV programs are produced in-house weekly. In addition, Radio and TV Martí are streamed live at Martínoticias.com.

These broadcasts face Cuban government jamming as well as press censorship and intimidation. Audience surveys, which must be done by telephone rather than face-to-face interviews can provide only a limited perspective on audience levels, given that less than a fifth of Cuban adults have published phone numbers and that interviewees may be wary of admitting in a telephone call to listening to or watching the Martís. Interviews with Cubans who have recently arrived in the U.S. provide anecdotal information of higher audience rates than reflected in the telephone surveys.”

Fast Facts

  • Employees: 128
  • FY 2009 Budget: $28.4 million
  • Weekly Hours Broadcast: 330
  • Languages: Spanish

2011 Highlights

• Re-designing Martínoticias.com into a polished destination site, increasing daily traffic over 1,000 percent between February and December 2011.

• Establishing proxy sites and Psiphon nodes to facilitate Internet access from Cuba.

• Expanding phone call-ins with listeners in Cuba to participate live on Radio Martí programs including El Revoltillo (The Scramble), a one-of-a kind show mixing classified listings of products available in Cuba with lessons in entrepreneurship and market economy in a light-hearted format.

• Continuing coverage of human rights abuses, particularly the struggle led by Las Damas de Blanco (The Ladies in White) a group of women highlighting the plight of political prisoners in Cuba.

• Increasing coverage of news events outside of Havana, aided by cell phone audio, video and pictures.

• Radio and TV broadcasts of Major League Baseball’s World Series and delivery of thousands of DVD game recordings to Cuba.

• Rebranding the Martís with a new logo and a new graphics packages and sets.

Earlier Highlights

For more information about Radio and TV Martí, click here. (In Spanish)

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Art Lectures & Piñera Festival in Miami, “Melancolía” in Havana, Photo Paintings in NY

Art Lectures in Miami: Mariano Rodríguez and René Portocarrero. In conjunction with its current exhibition, One Hundred Years: Mariano and Portocarrero, A Two Artist Show, the Cernuda Arte gallery in Coral Gables is presenting two guest lectures at the end of the month. Both talks will be given by Alejandro Anreus, Ph.D., professor of art history and Latin American studies at William Paterson University in New Jersey.

On Wednesday, August 29, the topic is Mario Carreño Mariano Rodríguez, as Dr. Anreus presents “Mariano: Forms and Identity,” a look at the artist’s early influences, his development of specific forms, and how his evolving style reflected changes in the context of Cuban society. The following evening, Thursday, August 30, the focus shifts to “Portocarrero: A Joyous and Tropical Baroque,” an exploration of René Portocarrero’s art and its development throughout his career. Both talks will be given in English, and will take place at 7 p.m. at Cernuda Arte. To reserve a spot, call or email the gallery. [Our apologies to Cernuda Arte and to the great artist Mariano Rodríguez for this error. Ed.]

Melancolía in Havana. At Galería Génesis, Gabriel Sánchez: Melancolía presents recent work by an artist who, in the words of art historian Manuel Álvarez Lezama, “uses unpredictable elements in each of his works to remind us that always, what we see is unique/distinct for each of us.” On view in the Beijing Building of the Miramar Trade Center, the show opens Friday, August 31 at 5:30 p.m.

Piñera Festival in Miami. In Cuba, 2012 is El Año Virgiliano, a yearlong centenary celebration of poet, novelist, and playwright Virgilio Piñera (1912-1979). Now, Miami’s joining in with Absurd Celebration: The First International Festival of Virgilio Piñera’s Theatre, a month-long program of five plays presented by theater companies from Cuba, Spain, and the U.S. The festival kicks off this weekend with Piñera’s most autobiographical play, Aire Frío (Cold Air), presented by the Argos Company of Cuba. In Spanish with English subtitles, the three performances take place Friday and Saturday at 8 and Sunday at 5 at the University of Miami’s Ring Theater

A Celebration of La Virgen, also in Miami. At Ta Project Gallery in the city’s Bird Road Art District, a show of 12 Cuban artists on both sides of the straits celebrates Cuba’s patron saint, La Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre. Marking the 400th anniversary of La Virgen’s first appearance, La Patrona del Sol features work by established and emerging artists exploring themes that range from religion to immigration and motherhood. Among the artists on view: Agustín Bejerano, Aisar Jalil, Eduardo Lambert, Guillermo Portieles, Imael Gómez Peralta, Iran Plata, Jaqueline Zerquera, Julio Rodríguez, Lisa Neiley, Nestor Arenas, Yoel Santana y Yovani Bauta.. The show opens at the gallery this Saturday, August 18, with a reception from 7 to 10 p.m., and it runs through September 11.

Looking ahead: Maria Martínez-Cañas: Photo Paintings in New York. Cuing off the British artist Francis Bacon, who used film and photography as the jumping-off point for his paintings, Maria Martínez-Cañas reverses the process. Taking his paintings as her starting point, she creates a series of oversized, mixed-media works that utilize image transfer, painting, and collage onto wood veneer. At the same time, she pays homage to photographers and artists who’ve influenced her, including Louise Bourgeois, Eadweard Muybridge, and Laszlo Moholy-Nagy. At Julie Saul Gallery in New York’s Chelsea district, Photo Paintings opens with a reception on Thursday, September 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. The show runs through October 20.

And a cinematic note from the Canary Islands. Earlier this month we heard from Cuban film director Rolando Díaz, now working in Spain, who wrote that principal shooting had wrapped on his current production, the docudrama Los caminos de Aissa (The Roads of Aissa). Shot on Tenerife, the largest of the Canary Islands, the film is about African immigration to the islands, weaving together the stories of individuals from Cameroon, Senegal, Tunisia, and elsewhere on the continent. The film now heads to the editing room.

Havana through English Eyes

Anonymous. View of the capture of the fortresses and city of Havana by the English in 1762. Published by Mondhare. 305 x 435 mm.
(MNBA Collection)

Anonymous. View of the capture of the fortresses and city of Havana by the English in 1762. Published by Mondhare. 305 x 435 mm.
(MNBA Collection)

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