World Radio Day 2024: What does the theme ‘Radio: A century informing, entertaining and educating’ mean?


New Delhi: World Radio Day, or WRD, is observed on February 13 every year. It is a day to celebrate the powerful medium that has, over the years, informed, educated and entertained people. In 2011, World Radio Day was announced by the UNESCO General Conference at the 36th Session, and the 67th Session of the United Nations General Assembly adopted it in 2012. As the anniversary of the creation of the United Nations Radio, set up in 1946, falls on February 13, it was decided this day will be celebrated as World Radio Day.

Theme of World Radio Day 2024

The theme for World Radio Day for this year is ‘Radio: A century informing, entertaining and educating.’

What does the theme mean?

Radio has not been just a medium to reach people; it has also touched the emotions of many people throughout the ages.

According to the United Nations, the theme of the World Radio Day highlights

History of Radio: This year’s theme highlights how the radio evolved, its history and how it has made a powerful impact on the news and entertainment, including music and drama, sports and a lot more.

Utilitarian value of Radio: The theme also throws the importance of the practical value of radio as a generally free and compact public safety net during warfare, storms, earthquakes, floods, heat, wildfires and accidents.

Democratic value of Radio: The value of radio has always been significant, even in the democratic values, and has served as a grassroots cause for connection with underserved groups like minorities, immigrants, and poverty-stricken people, among others.

UNESCO not only understands, but also appreciates radio’s different business models and technology architecture globally. It also recognises the autonomy of its businesses and other organisations and its presenters’ unique personalities, whether big or small.

This day is an opportunity for all the radio stations worldwide to connect with their fellow broadcasters.

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