India joins the rest of the globe in celebrating the eighth edition World Radio Day 2019 on Wednesday, 13 February. This day marks a time where people around the world celebrate radio and how it shapes their lives. Radio informs, transforms and unites people. It brings together people and communities from all backgrounds to foster positive dialogue for change. More specifically, radio is the perfect medium to counter the appeals for violence and the spread of conflict, especially in regions potentially more exposed to such realities.
Here Are Interesting Facts About World Radio Day 2019
- 13 February was chosen as the World Radio Day as it was on this day that United Nations Radio was established in 1946.
- World Radio Day 2019 will celebrate the theme of “Dialogue, Tolerance and Peace”.
- Under the first subtheme ‘promoting dialogue and participation’, broadcasts that provide a platform for dialogue and democratic debate over issues, such as migration or violence against women, can help to raise awareness among listeners and inspire understanding for new perspectives in paving the way for positive action.
- The second subtheme ‘uniting under common concerns’ addresses the fact that radio programming can also build tolerance and surpass the differences separating groups by uniting them under common goals and causes, like ensuring education for one’s children or addressing local health concerns.
- Themes for the World Radio Day last year had included Gender Equality, Youth Participation, Radio in Humanitarian and Disaster Situations, and Radio is You.
- In the spirit of celebrating World Radio Day 2019, an event open to the public will take place at UNESCO Headquarters on Wednesday 13 February 2019, from 11:00 to 16:00.
- Two radio stations will be broadcasting live, including Radio UNESCO, a temporary radio station dedicated to World Radio Day.
- Additionally, a total of 10 “Speed Workshops” will be offered for all to gain hands-on experience in radio production.
- World Radio Day was first celebrated in 2012, following its declaration by the UNESCO General Conference. It was subsequently adopted as an International Day by the United Nations General Assembly.
- 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.