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Radio Bilingüe and Immokalee Coverage at WMNF

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WMNF is honored to be chosen as the location for Radio Bilingüe’s live broadcasts, while their team is in Florida to provide Spanish-language coverage during the Immokalee Workers' March this week.

Radio Bilingüe is the only Spanish-language national news network in public radio.


*These programs will be aired live on the Radio Bilingüe satellite network - you can listen live on their website, And on Friday, April 16 from 3-5 p.m. and Sunday, April 18 from 5-7 p.m., when the shows are being broadcast live from WMNF - you can also tune in on The Source. . . 88.5 HD3 on a digital radio, or online at

Thursday, April 15 -- 3 p.m. EDT. NEW LATINOS. The Latino population is growing fast and the fastest growth is among new, non-traditional Latino arrivals. Who are these new Latino groups and how are they changing the face of Florida? How are the new migrants impacting the state and why are so many being left out of the Census count? Why is it crucial to get to know these new populations? Aired from the studios of affiliate station WCIW in Immokalee, Florida, this program is part of our series “Cuentas Justas / Fair Count” on the 2010 Census.

4 p.m EDT. JOBLESS IN THE FIELDS. In a state where new housing was once one of the hottest markets in the country, Florida’s construction industry is now among the hardest-hit in the nation. More and more construction workers are being laid off, and many former farm workers are returning to work in the fields. How does this affect those already struggling with low wages and difficult working conditions? This program, part of our series, “Frente a la Crisis / Facing the Crisis”, is aired from the studios of affiliate station WCIW in Immokalee, Florida.

Friday, April 16 -- 3 – 5 p.m. EDT . MODERN-DAY SLAVES. Modern-day slavery is alive and kicking in Florida, according to farm worker advocates. In an effort to eradicate forced labor, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers is touring cities in Florida with the Modern-Day Slavery Museum, a replica of a truck in which farm workers were kept slaves. They have also succeeded in getting President Obama and Governor Christ to recognize the existence of slavery in Florida’s fields and to fight human traffickers. In recent days, the coalition succeeded in striking a deal with the food service giant Aramark, the latest in a string of corporations to agree to pay a penny more per pound of tomatoes picked under a strict code of conduct to protect workers' rights. These and other topics will be discussed in this two-hour broadcast, live from community station WMNF in Tampa.

Sunday, April 18 – 5 - 7 p.m. EDT. FAIR FOOD FIGHT. To address the poor wages and working conditions that make farm labor slavery possible, farm worker advocates have launched the Campaign for Fair Food. The campaign urges food industry giants to use their power to improve farm worker wages. This week, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers takes to the streets to march for three days to the headquarters of the number one supermarket company in Florida, Publix Supermarkets. Publix has refused to join the Campaign, which already has such high-profile corporations as Burger King, McDonalds, and Yum Brands, among others. This two-hour broadcast, live from WMNF in Tampa, offers a chronicle of the march and an overview on the plight of migrant farm workers in the South, with interviews with farm workers, student allies, company spokespersons, and top government officials.


Radio Bilingüe’s Línea Abierta on the Road visits Florida this week to bring to the national airwaves the voices of jobless construction workers who have returned to disaster-ravaged agricultural fields. The special multimedia programs will report on renewed efforts by farm worker advocates to raise awareness on modern-day slavery and human rights abuses in the fields. This visit is the latest segment of the year-long series on the economy, “Frente a la Crisis/Facing the Crisis.”

In addition, as part of the ongoing series “Cuentas Justas/Fair Count,” the Radio Bilingüe mobile team will also look into the factors behind the slower response by Floridians in returning census forms.

On Thursday, April 15, The Línea Abierta on the Road series will broadcast from Immokalee from 3 to 5 p.m. EDT. The programs will be heard in Immokalee on 107.9 FM.

Then the team will move to Tampa on Friday, April 16, for a four-hour live broadcast from partner station WMNF from 3 to 5 p.m. EDT and Sunday April 18 from 5 to 7 p.m. EDT to provide a live account on a three-day march focusing on forced labor, poverty and human rights abuses in the fields. These programs will air live on WMNF’s digital HD3 channel, at 88.5 FM and as an audio stream on the website

Samuel Orozco, executive producer, and Graciela "Chelis" Lopez, the host of Línea Abierta from San Francisco, will host the eighth and ninth stops of the series on the economy. Since it began in September, the tour has broadcast from southern California, Arizona, Iowa, North Carolina as well as Washington, D.C.

Radio Bilingüe is partnering with two community-based partner stations in Florida for a set of live broadcasts from the state that is suffering the worst unemployment in its history. Florida has also gained the dubious distinction of having more cases of modern slavery reported in recent years.

WCIW, a farm worker-run station in Immokalee that has been a long-time Línea Abierta affiliate, will be the site of two roundtable programs, one about the slow response to the census forms in hard-to-count communities, and the other will look at the jobless crisis in the fields, aggravated now by a recent deep freeze disaster.

In Tampa, community station WMNF will host four hours of live coverage of a growing movement to abolish slavery and get Florida’s food and agricultural industry to play under a code of fair treatment.

The special programs will air on Satélite Radio Bilingüe’s radio network. In addition, the live audio stream and podcasts will be available on Radio Bilingüe Internet:

The series is funded in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, The California Endowment, the Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Fund, and the James Irvine Foundation.

The links above to Radio Bilingüe are to the English version of their website. is in Spanish, for Spanish-speaking listeners.

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