February 13: World Radio Day
The World Radio Day is observed every year on 13th February to celebrate radio as the medium for entertainment, information and the mode for communication.
2017 Theme: “Radio is You”. It is a call for greater participation of audiences and communities in the policy and planning of radio broadcasting.
Significance of Day: It marks global celebration of radio as a forum for information and entertainment that helps to bridge communication gap for remote communities and empowering people. It also provides an opportunity to honour radio’s importance to bring communities together and promote positive dialogue for change.
To mark this day, United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) organizes different activities with broadcasters, organizations and communities around the world.
About World Radio Day
The UNESCO at its 36th General Assembly in 2011 had proclaimed 13th February as World Radio Day. It was subsequently adopted as an International Day by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). On this day in 1946, United Nations Radio had transmitted (broadcasted) its first call sign. The first WRD was officially celebrated in 2012.
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