World Radio Day is celebrated every year on 13 February to remember the special power of Radio which brings people together and provides vital information. It touches the lives of people across the world. In several countries, radio is the primary medium and source of information. Several measures have been taken to increase the popularity of All India Radio.
World Radio Day is a medium to raise radio awareness and make networking stronger among broadcasters. Radio is a century-old but important source of social interaction. How can we forget that it played an important role in disaster relief and emergency response?
Since the inception of Radio in 1937, All India Radio has grown in various fields. Today, AIR News broadcast 607 bulletins in 92 languages and dialects every day.
World Radio Day 2023: Theme
In 2023, the theme for World Radio Day is “Radio and Peace” which aims to focus on the importance of independent radio to foster peace and prevent conflict.
The theme of World Radio Day 2021 is 'New World, New Radio.' The theme was decided to keep in mind the services provided by the medium amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. It is divided into three sub-parts, which are mentioned below:
1- Evolution: The world changes, and radio evolves. It refers to the resilience of the radio, and to its sustainability.
2- Innovation: The world changes and radio adapts and innovates. It has to adopt new technologies to remain the go-to medium of mobility and is accessible everywhere and to everyone.
3- Connection: The world changes, and radio connects. It highlights radio’s services to our society during natural disasters, socio-economic crises, epidemics, etc.
World Radio Day: History
The Executive Board of UNESCO recommended to the General Conference the proclamation of World Radio Day. In 2011, UNESCO carried out a wide consultation process on the recommendation of Spain. The project leader of the Academia Espanola de la Radio received support from several stakeholders, including major international broadcasters and broadcasting unions and associations. In 1946, finally, the day of United Nations Radio has established the Director-General of UNESCO proposed that. The 36th session of UNESCO's General Conference proclaimed 13 February as World Radio Day. The United Nations General Assembly formally endorsed UNESCO's proclamation of World Radio Day on 14 January 2013. In the 67th session of the UN General Assembly, a resolution was adopted for proclaiming 13 February as World Radio Day.
World Radio Day: Objective
The main purpose of celebrating World Radio Day is to spread awareness among the public and the media to increase the importance of radio. It also encourages decision-makers to establish and provide access to information through radio, enhance networking, and generate a sort of international cooperation among the broadcasters.
World Radio Day (WRD) 2023: Celebrations
Several journalism universities and Media NGOs also celebrate World Radio Day, keeping the 2023 theme in focus. Commercial and state-owned radio stations also celebrate the day on air and invite experts and intercultural communications to discuss cultural traditions and heritage. Students pursuing Journalism conduct multilingual broadcasts on student radio and discuss their country's development. They also share their multimedia content via social networks.
What are Radio waves and how it works?
Radio waves are a type of electromagnetic radiation used in communication technologies like television, mobile phones, and radios. Radio waves are received by these devices that convert them into mechanical vibrations in the speaker to generate sound waves. The radio-frequency spectrum is a small part of the electromagnetic (EM) spectrum.
The electromagnetic spectrum is divided into seven regions according to the decreasing wavelength, increasing energy, and frequency. Some designations are radio waves, microwaves, infrared (IR), visible light, ultraviolet (UV), X-rays, and gamma rays. In the EM Spectrum, radio waves have the longest wavelength.
Radio Waves transmit music, conversations, pictures, and data invisibly through the air may be over millions of miles and it happens in thousands of different ways. As discussed above, radio waves are invisible and are undetectable to humans. But we can't ignore that it has a great impact on society. All wireless technologies use radio waves to communicate whether a cell phone, a baby monitor, a cordless phone, etc.
Thus, World Radio Day is celebrated on 13 February every year to spread awareness about the radio as a medium of providing information on diverse cultures and traditions. Since the century, it played an important role in the life of people and so this year’s theme is focussing on radio and its diversity.
“On this World Radio Day, let us recognize the enduring power of radio to promote diversity and help build a more peaceful and inclusive world”. - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres