World Radio Day was proclaimed by the UNESCO General Conference in November 2011 and endorsed by the United Nations General Assembly in 2012 as an international date – February 13 became World Radio Day (WRD). On this day, February 13, 1946, UN Radio was created.
Radio is a powerful medium for disseminating information about the activities of humanity in all its diversity and is a platform for democratic dialogue. Globally, radio remains the most widely used medium. This unique ability to reach the widest possible audience gives radio the ability to reflect the diversity of society and to serve as an arena in which all voices can be heard and delivered
According to various international reports, radio continues to be one of the most trusted and used media outlets in the world.
The theme of World Radio Day, now in its twelfth year on February 13, 2023, is Radio and Peace.
This is why support for independent radio should be seen as an integral part of securing peace and stability. On World Radio Day 2023, UNESCO should highlight that independent radio is a pillar of conflict prevention and peace-building. Radio is an important partner and a key enabler of peace and transition. As part of its agenda-setting and essential services, it focuses on issues of concern and demanding attention from authorities and citizens, and clearly demonstrates their relevance
Conflict prevention and peacebuilding are not helped by emergency reports from radio stations, but by the accountability of radio professionals to citizens, fact checking, accurate, balanced reporting and investigative journalism behind all broadcast news and programming. Freedom from commercial, ideological or political influence reinforces the role of radio in securing peace. In addition, a culture of dialogue is reinforced by the diverse ways in which the professionals who make up the broadcasting program collaborate, particularly the participatory programs and interaction formats such as: studio calls, talk shows, listener forums, etc., which provide opportunities to democratically discuss on air issues that are not always obvious, including disagreements.
The culture of dialogue is also reinforced by the diverse ways in which the professionals who make up the broadcasting program collaborate, particularly the participatory programs and interaction formats, such as studio calls, talk shows, listener forums, etc., provide an opportunity to democratically discuss on air issues, including differences of opinion
Acting in this way, professional independent radio strengthens democracy and creates the foundation for sustainable peace. So it should be integrated more often into conflict prevention and peace-building strategies, and must be given attention in media assistance.
Let’s celebrate together the 12th World Radio Day #World Radio Day . 13 ideas for celebrating February 13, 2023.
According to various international reports, radio continues to be one of the most respected and widely used media outlets in the world.
On this World Day, UNESCO asks everyone – radio listeners, professionals and broadcasters – to celebrate radio and its merits, while promoting the idea that accurate information is a public good. Radio remains the most accessible, active and compelling medium, informing and transforming us through news, entertainment and audience participation
I would add: open the following link.
You’ll see a map of the Earth and lots of green dots on it. Touch any green dot and a local radio station will play. Hundreds of cities, thousands of radio stations from different countries. It’s amazing! You can listen to any radio station in the world! Install the link in your cell phones and enjoy the radio diversity. Listen with pleasure!
Sat Happy World Radio Day!
73! Yuri Zaruba UA9OBA
P.S. Please do not confuse World Radio Day (WRD), February 13, concerning broadcasting stations, with our holiday – Radio Day on May 7 – the invention of Radio as a phenomenon and concerning workers in all fields of communication.