February 13: World Radio Day 

The World Radio Day is observed every year across the world on 13th February to celebrate radio as medium for entertainment, information and mode for communication. To mark this day, United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) organizes different activities with broadcasters, organizations and communities around the world.

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.

2018 Theme

“Radio and Sports”. It seeks to promote the inseparable relationship between sports and gender, as well as how improved gender equality in sports broadcasting can lead to greater freedom of expression for all.

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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