Monday is First World Radio Day


 Monday, 13 February, marks the world’s first World Radio Day. The day is being observed for the first time by the United Nations (UN) Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

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Radio has the ability to reach up to 95 per cent of the world’s population, and is the most prevalent mass medium which has the ability to reach remote communities and marginalized groups at a low cost.
Free independent and pluralistic radio is essential for healthy societies as it is seen as a facilitator of education, freedom of expression and public debate.
Radio has also been used as a vital source of information during natural disasters, and as a central instrument in community life with the potential of mobilizing social change.
The observance of the day on 13 February also marks the anniversary of UN Radio, which was launched in 1946
“I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the radio broadcast community on World Radio Day. At the same time I would like to commend them for their role that they have played and continue to play in our society by providing, news, information, talk shows and entertainment.
“The public can celebrate World Radio Day by visiting UNESCO’s website. The website has audio messages in several languages and handbooks for community radio stations.
“The site also provides free access to UNESCO’s audio archives showcasing interviews with renowned figures such as Nelson Mandela and many others. This is also a great tool for schools as well,” Prime Minister Hon. Sarah Wescot-Williams said on Sunday.
To tune in to World Radio Day, visit the following website: