Every year on 13th February we observe World Radio Day.
World Radio Day marks a time where people around the world celebrate the radio and how it shapes our lives. Radio brings together people and communities from all backgrounds to foster positive dialogue for change. More specifically, radio is the perfect medium to counter the appeals for violence and the spread of conflict, especially in regions potentially more exposed to such realities.
On the occasion of World Radio Day Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday extended his greetings to all those who are associated with the world of radio and the listeners.
“On World Radio Day, I convey my greetings to all those associated with the world of radio, which includes those working in the industry and the listeners,” he said in a statement.
He hoped this medium of communication will always remain a focal point of learning, discovering, entertaining and growing together.
PM said that Radio is still the most dynamic, reactive and engaging medium there is, adapting to 21st-century changes and offering new ways to interact and participate.
India’s National Broadcaster and also the premier Public Service Broadcaster, All India Radio (AIR), is one of the largest broadcasting organisations in the world in terms of the number of languages of broadcast and the spectrum of socio-economic and cultural diversity it serves. AIR’s home service comprises 420 stations located across the country, reaching nearly 92% of the country’s area and 99.19% of the total population. AIR originates programming in 23 languages and 146 dialects, according to the website.
Radio, a powerful communication tool and a low-cost medium, is 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.
On that basis, World Radio Day 2019 will celebrate the theme of “Dialogue, Tolerance and Peace” and the power of radio in promoting understanding and strong communities.