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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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13 February: World Radio Day

World Radio Day (WRD) is observed globally on 13th February to remember the unique power of radio that touches lives and bring people together across every corner of the globe.

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.

2016 Theme: “Radio in Times of Emergency and Disaster”. It signifies radio as the communication medium that reaches the widest audience worldwide in the quickest in times of emergency and disaster.

Observances: United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) celebrate this day by planning different activities with broadcasters, organizations and communities around the world.

In India, 2 day (on 13-14 February) annual international radio fair ‘Outreach International Radio Fair-2016’ has been organised in Bhubaneswar, Odisha. All India Radio, Overseas broadcasters, private FMs, community radio and internet radio stations are participating in it.

About World Radio Day

13th February was proclaimed as World Radio Day by UNESCO at its 36th General Assembly in 2011 proclaimed. 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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