UN Observance: World Radio Day – February 13, 2015

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From news and public debate to music and entertainment, radio continues to inform, captivate and inspire us in a way that no other medium can.

WRD Photo 1But radio is so much more than a forum for information and entertainment. It reaches more people in more places than any other medium. It’s a bridge of communication for remote communities, developing regions and vulnerable populations, sometimes with no other connection to the outside world. Perhaps no other platform can have the real-time reach between people and across cultures.

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Radio is also the medium best-adapted to navigate the new digital frontiers that are pushing the media and communication into unchartered waters. Technologies such as the Internet, mobile communication and geolocation have shifted the traditional dynamic in which the media operate, with young people at the fore-front of these converging trends, at the same time embracing radio as enthusiastically as ever.

So let’s come together on 13 February not only to celebrate the importance of radio in our lives today, but to ensure it lives up to its huge potential in the future.

How to participate:

  • Join the fun and listen in to the international broadcasts from around the world celebrating this important day – click here for a list of broadcasts;
  • Download the banner and poster publicizing this commemoration day through social media using the#worldradioday hashtag and tagging @UNESCO on Twitter;
  • Contact your local radio station and ask them to participate!
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