Today is World Radio Day. It is celebrated annually on February 13 to recognize radio as a method for teaching individuals, transporting data and promoting the opportunity of expression across global cultures.
Radio is a medium that has kept its prominence alive even in the age of newer discoveries. The science of transmitting waves to send news, promote education and transmit information has moulded with the onslaught of television and new media.
The theme of this year’s World Radio Day is ‘Radio and Diversity’. It brings the focus on diversity, linguistic tolerance and plurilingualism. Radio is a crucial medium to celebrate humanity, intercultural competence and democratic citizenship.
Following endorsement of a UNESCO proclamation, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution in 2012 declaring 13 February World Radio Day. The date marks the establishment of United Nations Radio in 1946.