UNESCO – the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation – has declared February 13th as World Radio Day.World Radio Day seeks to raise awareness about the importance of radio, facilitate access to information through radio and enhance relationships among broadcasters.
UNESCO believes radio has to be recognised as a low cost medium, specifically suited to reach remote communities and vulnerable people: the illiterate, the disabled, women, youth and the poor, while offering a platform to intervene in the public debate, irrespective of people’s educational level.
Furthermore, radio has a strong and specific role in emergency communication and disaster relief. There is also a changing face to radio services which, in the present times of rapid change in media, are taking up new technological forms, such as broadband, mobiles and tablets. However, it is said that up to a billion people still do not have access to radio today.
World Radio Day aims to promote radio and to celebrate the service radio provides.
Radio is generally the cheapest form of media for people who might not be able to afford access to other media every day.
The date commemorates the establishment of United Nations Radio in 1946. http://www.abc.net.au/radio/stories/201201/3417008.htm