Sunday, 7 November 2010

Radio Rebelde: Winning hearts and minds

Winning hearts and minds: the importance of radio in the Cuban revolutionary war

by Cat Wiener

In this essay I will examine the role played by the clandestine guerrilla radio station Radio Rebelde in the success of Cuba’s 1959 revolution and argue that it was because it formed an authentic and organic part of a popular movement – and was recognised as doing so – that it was able to survive, grow and have an impact on historical events. By way of contrast, I shall briefly consider the very different ideology of some of the anti-Castro radio stations subsequently sponsored by the United States.

Radio Rebelde