World Radio Day 2021: ‘New World, New Radio'

world radio day 2021: ‘new world, new radio

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Did you know that on February 13th every year, we celebrate World Radio Day?

It was proclaimed by the member states of UNESCO in 2011 and subsequently adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 2021 as an International Day.

Many people say, “Radio is dead”, but they’re wrong!

Radio is still one of the most widely consumed mediums, and has the ability to reach a huge audience.

The  theme of World Radio Day 2021 is "New World, New Radio", and UNESCO calls on radio stations to celebrate this event’s 10th anniversary and the more than 110 years of radio.

There are also three sub-themes this year:

  • “Evolution: The world changes, radio evolves. This sub-theme refers to the resilience of the radio, to its sustainability.”
  • “Innovation: The world changes, radio adapts and innovates. Radio has had to adapt to new technologies to remain the go-to medium of mobility, accessible everywhere and to everyone;
  • “Connection: The world changes, radio connects. This sub-theme highlights radio’s services to our society—natural disasters, socio-economic crises, epidemics, etc.”

Radio has the power to shape a society’s experience of diversity, stand as an arena for all voices to speak out, be represented and heard and also give voice to the voiceless.

world radio day 2021: ‘new world, new radio

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According to a report on BBC, the first radio news programme was broadcast on August 31st, 1920, by station 8MK in Detroit in the US. 

Subsequently, during World War II, radio became an important way for the military to communicate as well as for the general broadcasting of information. 

Today, radio is one of the prime mediums to enjoy music across the world.

Therefore, World Radio Day is a significant day of observation for all of us, and let it be known that radio is definitely NOT dead!

To that end, celebrate the best of radio with SYOK!

Happy World Radio Day!


by Kyle Roshen Jacob