World Radio Day Set For Feb. 13th, 2013
March 19, 2012 at 4:17 AM (PT)
FEBRUARY 13, 2013 has been declared "THE WORLD RADIO DAY," by The Director General of UNESCO, IRINA BOKOVA. The purpose of the event is to encourage both professionals and radio listeners around the world to organize "diverse activities."
Writes BOKOVA, "Radio has to be recognized as a low cost medium, specifically suited to reach remote communities and vulnerable people: the illiterate, the disabled, women, youth and the poor, while offering a platform to intervene in the public debate, irrespective of people’s educational level. Furthermore, radio has a strong and specific role in emergency communication and disaster relief. There is also a changing face to radio services which, in the present times of media convergence, are taking up new technological forms, such as broadband, mobiles and tablets. However, it is said that up to a billion people still do not have access to radio today."
Veteran broadcaster MARK EDWARDS blogs about the event, writing about "World Radio Day and how the U.S. can learn from the rest of the world. Check out his blog here.