UNESCO declared Feb. 13 as World Radio Day in an effort to celebrate radio as a medium and to encourage cooperation between broadcasters to improve the dissemination of information.
This year’s celebration includes the opportunity for participants worldwide to record a message of one minute or less, explaining why radio is an important medium. Celebrities who have already participated include: Radiohead bassist Colin Greenwood, Russian radio host Elena Batinova and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Interested radio stations can download and broadcast the messages on World Radio Day.
UNESCO will hold conferences and debates at its headquarters in Paris, from which seven international broadcasters will air programming, to celebrate the event. Also, at La Academia Española de la Radio in Madrid, there will be an official presentation of an award thanking UNESCO for the declaration of World Radio Day.
Other official celebrations and activities will be held in North America, Africa, Europe and Asia. The second annual observation will be marked by the National Forum of Community of Radios in Kenya; a mediumwave radio experimental demonstration in Florence, Italy; special programming at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London; and a seminar on the applications of radio waves in life in Kerala, India. The full listing can be found here.