Radio-TV 4VEH, a 68-year-old station known as “the evangelical voice of Haiti,” has become TWR’s 16th national partner in the global media ministry’s Americas Region.
Storly Michel, director of the station whose broadcasts have reached up to 1 million listeners, joined Steve Shantz, TWR ministry vice president for Latin America and the Caribbean, in signing the agreement making the partnership official. The signing took place Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018, during the National Religious Broadcasters annual convention in Nashville, Tennessee.
“We feel excited and happy,” said Michel, who in 2013 accepted NRB’s International Radio Ministry Award for 4VEH. “We have been working with TWR for a while, and today we made it formal. Our listeners will benefit greatly from this partnership. We can call on TWR for expertise and work together with them to improve the signal for our listeners. With TWR, we have more programs coming our way and that is good news for our listeners!”
Also participating in the signing ceremony were John McLaughlin, chairman of the 4VEH advisory council, and Bob Fetherlin, president of One Mission Society. 4VEH is a ministry of OMS.
The benefits of partnership, of course, flow in both directions, Shantz pointed out.
“Being a national partner means that from now on we can share our resources and skills with only one goal: to reach the world – in this case, the Caribbean – for Christ,” Shantz said. “For example, TWR can offer Radio-TV 4VEH training, help with studio needs and technical assistance at their transmitter site. Radio-TV 4VEH can help TWR reach new audiences in their mother languages and offer us content that can be used in the TWR global network.”
Both leaders emphasized that the relationship has been long established. Collaborating after the 2010 earthquake that killed tens of thousands and displaced hundreds of thousands, the two ministries provided special programming to help survivors. In 2016 TWR sound experts worked with 4VEH to remodel its main studios.
Michel is also the producer and voice of the Haitian Creole version of Thru the Bible, a highly popular program that TWR translates and broadcasts around the world.
Located outside the city of Cap-Haïtien on the northern coast of Haiti, 4VEH broadcasts in French, English and Creole over five outlets, four of which are FM and one is AM. The station broadcasts programming featuring a wide variety of content, including Scripture reading, teaching, worship, prayer, family and community-focused information, news, health, agriculture and life skills.
In addition to becoming the 16th national partner in the Americas Region, Haiti joins a family of more than 60 TWR national partners around the world, from Albania to Zimbabwe.
Top: Taking part in the signing ceremony are (from left) Bob Fetherlin, president of One Mission Society; Kate Michel, 4VEH marketing and communications director and wife of the station director; Storly Michel, 4VEH director; Steve Shantz, TWR vice president for Latin America and the Caribbean; and John McLaughlin, chairman of the station advisory council.
Middle: TWR President Lauren Libby welcomes Storly Michel and the Haitian station he leads, Radio-TV 4VEH, to the TWR family of partners.
Bottom: The headquarters of TWR’s new national partner in Haiti