On Friday Feb. 13 various celebrations will take place around the world in observance of the fourth annual World Radio Day, which marks the anniversary of the UN Radio’s first broadcast in 1946. This year’s theme is “Youth and Innovation in Radio.”
The special day, according to the ITU website, “seeks to raise awareness about the importance of radio, facilitate access to information through radio, and enhance networking among broadcasters.”
As part of the festivities, UNESCO will open its doors at its headquarters in Paris, bringing together international and community radio stations for a live broadcast from 11 a.m.–6 p.m. The organization is inviting the public to get behind-the scenes of radio broadcasting and to learn about “the power of radio as a medium to bridge communities and touch lives around the globe.”
The “open house” is free of charge and will also host a number of discussions lead by industry specialists.
In Geneva, the ITU is also holding a number of events. These include a Radio Hackathon, a tour of the Popov exhibition space, technical sessions, a film on radio and innovation as well as a Jazz Ensemble World Radio Day concert.
In other forms of celebration, podcast platform Spreaker announced that it was offering on-air talent the opportunity to open new free 30-day accounts.
A list of World Radio Day events scheduled to take place around the world is available here.
— Marguerite Clark
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