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World Radio Day 2018: Why The World And India Are Celebrating This Special Occasion

Sand art for the World Radio Day 2018. (Source- Twitter)
Sand art on World Radio Day 2018. (Source - Twitter account of sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik)

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World Radio Day 2018: Why The World And India Are Celebrating This Special Occasion

The seventh edition of the World Radio Day has generated immense interest across the world.

Television and live streaming may the trend these days but there is something about the good old radio that continues to endure. As the India joins the rest of the globe in celebrating the World Radio Day 2018 on Tuesday, 13 February 2018, here is a quick look at its significance.

February 13 was chosen as the World Radio Day as it was on this day that United Nations Radio was established in 1946.

World Radio Day was first celebrated in 2012 and it was declared as an International Day by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). Since then, World Radio Day has achieved huge success with last year witnessing over 500 global events.

World Radio Day 2018 Theme

The theme suggested by UNSECO for this year was “Radio and Sports”.

The sub themes included Diversity in Sports Coverage; Gender Equality in Sports Coverage, and Peace and Development through Sports Coverage.

The Director General of All India Radio, Fayyaz Shehryar, had this to say on Twitter.

All India Radio announced a special Twitter handle for Sports on the occasion.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was among those who greeted everybody associated with radio.

Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani also tweeted her greetings.

Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, also tweeted ‘celebrating the undying power of radio’.

All India Radio (AIR) invited listeners for their comments on the occasion. Here are some of the responses.

Quick Facts About Radio In India

  • The history of radio in India can be traced back to the British period. Radio Club of Mumbai broadcast the first radio programme in July 1923. Four months later, Calcutta Radio Club also went on air.
  • On 8 June, 1936, the Indian Broadcasting Company Ltd. (IBC) which came into existence in July 1927, was renamed as All India Radio (AIR). Vividh Bharati services were launched in 1957 by AIR.
  • AIR is one of the largest radio broadcasters in the world with over 415 radio stations in about 23 languages and 146 dialects.

Celebrating World Radio Day 2018

Here are the themes being observed across the world in line with the activities suggested by UNESCO to mark the World Radio Day 2018.

  • In order to promote the sub theme of gender equality in sports, women sports broadcasters can be put ahead. Reporting on women sports events can also be done.
  • Radios can also invite local sports teams, educational institutions, traditional and cultural sporting groups for a sports performance.
  • They can also arrange talk shows with sportspersons and personalities to inspire young players.
  • Radios can make a feature story or a documentary showcasing an effective sport for peace and development initiative in a specific area.
  • They can also use past sporting moments or memorable music from major sporting events to make a special sports music segment.

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