Minister Bourne-Gumbs Congratulates all Radio Broadcasters and Owners on World Radio Day  

World Radio Day, 13 February, marks the anniversary of the first broadcast by United Nations (UN) Radio in 1946, when it transmitted its first call sign: this is the United Nations calling the peoples of the world.”

Minister of Education, Culture, Youth Affairs and Sports Hon. Rita Bourne-Gumbs, would like to wish all radio station owners, program hosts, technicians and staff a Happy World Radio Day on 13 February, and at the same time commends them for doing a great job where it concerns keeping the Sint Maarten community informed and entertained on a daily basis.

The theme of World Radio Day is: “Youth and Innovation.”

World Radio Day seeks to raise awareness about the importance of radio, facilitate access to information through radio, and enhance networking among broadcasters.

Radio is recognized as a low-cost medium, specifically suited to reach remote communities and vulnerable people: the less fortunate, while offering a platform to intervene in the public debate, irrespective of people’s educational level. Furthermore, radio has a strong and specific role in emergency communication and disaster relief.

Radio is also an effective medium to broadcast news, features, weather reports and entertainment and is a medium that is available everywhere – at home, at work or on the move.

The changing face of radio services, influenced to a great extent by the current trends in media convergence, is taking up new technological forms, such as broadband, mobiles and tablets as well as hybrid radio (which combines FM/DAB broadcasts with the Internet).