Diskite:Ralph Delly

A familiar face and name to Haitian television viewers, radio listeners, and newspaper readers, Ralph Delly is one of the most preeminent young entertainment reporters. A “Groov”s CIBL, Espace FM, Radio Métropole, Tropic FM, Radio Haiti Inter correspondent, Delly's award-winning reporting has appeared on New York Newsday, Caribbean Globe, Visions Caraïbes, Le Floridien (which he co-founded),Miami New Times, Boyo Magazine, Showbiz Magazine, just to name a few.

Son of Alain Delly, former conductor and maestro of the National Palace Orchestra of Haiti, Ralph Delly spent one year at INAGHEI and considered applying to Law School but instead, he decided to move to Paris where he studied Communications at Université Paris X in Nanterre, and later moved to New York to pursue his studies in Corporate Cable Communications at BMCC (Borough of Manhattan Community College) and CFV (Communications Film & Video) at City College of New York. Ralph Delly also graduated from Carlos Albizu University of Miami and received a BS degree in Child Psychology; he also earned a certificate in International Law at IDLI in Rome. He began his working life in the media at the age of 15 at Le Nouvelliste by contributing to a column called “Generation 2004”. He was a member of a cultural group created by Lesly Jacques, Herold Jean François, and Anaïse Chavenet called Cercle des Jeunes Haïtiens (CJH) where he was in charge of the cultural section, which rapidly became the group's biggest operation through successful art exhibitions, conferences, and music concerts throughout Port-au-Prince.

Ralph gives much of the credit for his success to his parents, who supported their 9 children and provided a strong example of what it means to be determined and to work hard. By his middle-school years, his dreams were sharply divided between a career in music, law and journalism. With his high-school diploma in hands, he made his choice and set out to look for jobs at different radio stations. Delly began his first radio experience at Radio Port-a-Prince where he co-hosted for free on “Bon Appétit” Port-au-Prince, produced by Lesly Jacques. Until real opportunity came knocking, he supported himself with jobs as a DJ. While employed at Radio Métropole, he participated in a number of cultural events. One year before graduating from high school, he earned his first paycheck from working nightshift at Radio Métropole hosting “Métropole by Night”. Six months later, Phillipe Jean-François asked Richard Widmaïer to move him on to the newsroom as a reporter. Delly also spent two months as intern at Tele Haiti under the supervision of his schoolmate Justima Emmanuel.

After spending couple years as a reporter and presenter at Radio Port-au-Prince and Radio Métropole, Ralph served as correspondent in Haiti for many foreign networks such as RFO Guadeloupe, RFO Guyane, RTS (Radio Télé Sénégal). Ralph continued to pursue his Broadcast career as host of “Echo de La Métropole”, an independent radio show produced by Guy Jean (Tropic FM) on 107.5 FM WNWK in New York City. From1991 to 1997 Delly hosted a talk show “Jogging Mind” with Lionel Legrand and Maniolita Audin Daphnis on Radio Soleil d’Haïti; He was at that time the New York editor for Miami’s Caribbean Globe Newspaper. Ralph Delly also served as a writer for the newspaper Little Haiti Times. He co-produced and presented “Boulevard des Artistes”, one of the most popular TV shows in New York at that time that musicians often referred to as "the artists’ show”. Later, Ralph was chosen to co-host “Vide Yo ak Video” with Marie Carmel Bastien and challenged every other TV show on Haitian television, He was the pioneer of entertainment news on Haitian television in New York as well. He has contributed to the advancement of Haitian music and culture whether through his articles in Boyo Magazine, Le Floridien, Caraïbean Express, Showbiz Magazine, Pyramide Magazine, Spotlight Magazine, Le Matin and the Haitian Times or on his radio programs.

Ralph Delly made his name and career by reporting on the Haitian Music Industry. He won several prizes for multiple stories and became one of the most famous entertainment reporters in the Haitian Community. As a writer for The Haitian Times, he created more controversies with reports and gossips on his popular column “The Delly Dish”. Ralph has helped and worked with almost every band and artist of the so-called “new generation”. He served as Press Attaché and PR for Zin for ten years, worked with Lakol, Phantoms, Zenglen, Sokute, Jam, See Well, 509, Ensemble Afro-Vibes just to name a few. He authors several songs for Zin, Lakol and Topaz.

Delly is truly an international entertainment journalist who has reported from more than 20 countries, mainly in the fields of show business, for numerous radio stations and publications, and has headed up various magazines and newspapers launched in the Diaspora. He has also served as the spokesperson for Compas Festival and Haitian Independence Festival. He became a media editor and traveled widely on new developments of the Haitian music industry, taking a special interest in Rara and Troubadours. He was one of the first Haitian reporters of his generation to present a conference about Haitian music in Paris. Delly is also a professional voiceover talent that allowed him to provide voice over services to hundreds of radio and TV commercials; some of them are memorable like the one he did for Dr. Max Santel’s Clinic in which he used the word “bouboune” on the commercial. Ralph began his theater training at “Les Pilliers de l’Art”, a company directed by Emmanuelle “Manoute” Eugene where he performed in “La Balerina” at the “Auditorium de l’Impasse Lavaud”. While in Miami, Ralph Delly joined Radio Carnivale, South Florida's most listened-to community radio station at that time, where he hosted “Compas 10 -12”. He built a loyal wide audience on that station. One of his best moments there was when he invited Roberto Martino in one of his final interviews. For two hours, the entire Haitian community of South Florida tuned in not only because Delly had refused to play T-Vice’s music on his show, but because Roberto once made a silly comment on him on Labor Day West Indian Parade in Brooklyn. However, the interview was mostly circumscribed by both the nasty brawl between Sweet Micky and T-Vice and a controversial comment (gen twop café nan let la aswe a…) by Roberto about skin color. After he left Radio Carnivale, Delly opened an underground radio in Miami, “Showbiz FM” with his friend MacObed Olibrice. Ralph Delly is the youngest of a family of nine children. He had a brush with death, which has left him with a severe hearing loss after he got meningitis. Ralph is the father of two children, Tamyana Ariel and Melkishar. He now resides in Brooklyn, New York where he is working on two big projects.

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