World Radio Day 2022 will be celebrated once again on the 13th of February. This will be the 9th edition of World Radio Day. in 2011, UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) proclaimed the event at their 36th Conference after it was put forward as an idea by the Kingdom of Spain.
The purpose of World Radio Day is to raise greater awareness among the public and the media of the importance of radio. This is done in the hope that we can encourage decision makers to establish and provide access to information through radio. It is also for improving networking and international cooperation between broadcasters!
World Radio Day brings people and communities from all backgrounds together in order to create dialogue for positive change. Radio is also a fantastic way to provide democratic debate over issues such as violence and political arguments. It can promote and raise awareness among old and new listeners!
The 2022 edition of World Radio Day is based around 3 sub-themes:
Evolution – The world is always changing, so radio evolves along with it. This refers to the resilience and sustainability of radio!
Innovation – The world is always changing, so radio adapts and innovates. Radio has had to adapt to new technology to remain the go-to medium of mobility, accessible to everyone, everywhere!
Connection – The world is always changing, so radio connects. This sub-theme refers to radio’s services to our society!
How is World Radio Day celebrated?
World Radio Day is celebrated on the 13th of February every year, and has been since the first WRD in 2012! The reason we celebrate World Radio Day on this day is to commemorate the specific date that the United Nations Radio was created, as it was created on the 13th of February in 1946!
To celebrate World Radio Day, radio stations all around the world put on special shows or segments to celebrate the radio and the powerful meaning that it holds for many people.
In 2019, UNESCO held a special event at their headquarters, with workshops being conducted. A temporary radio station was even created especially for the occasion!
In 2022, UNESCO encourages radio stations to celebrate this event’s 10 year anniversary, as well as more than 110 years of radio!
Top 5 Facts about the Radio
Radio is as fascinating a subject as it is a fascinating object, and here are 5 fantastic facts about it that you can use in the classroom or in general life:
Physicist Heinrich Hertz was the first person to prove that radio waves exist.
A ‘broadcast’ only occurs when a radio signal is sent to many receivers at once.
The first radio messages were one-way and were an attempt to replace telegraph messages.
FM radio began in 1939.
There are almost 15,000 radio stations in the USA.
Our resources on World Radio Day
(via Mike Terry via WOR io group)