World Radio Day 2021: Date, Theme & Significance


New Delhi: World Radio Day is globally celebrated on February 13. As the name suggests, the day is meant to promote and encourage people towards the usage of radio.

The day was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 2012 and ever since it has gained the status of an international day. The UNESCO member countries had however proclaimed World Radio Day in 2011. A variety of events are organized across the globe to mark this very special day. These events include seminars and discussions on the significance and history of radio.

This year, the day’s theme is ‘New World, New Radio.’ This was decided to keep in mind the services the medium provided during COVID-19. The theme is divided into three sub-parts.

  • Evolution: The world changes, radio evolves. This sub-theme refers to the resilience of the radio, to its sustainability.
  • Innovation: The world changes, radio adapts and innovates. Radio has had to adapt to new technologies to remain the go-to medium of mobility, accessible everywhere and to everyone.
  • Connection: The world changes, radio connects. This sub-theme highlights radio’s services to our society—natural disasters, socio-economic crises, epidemics, etc.

The significance of the day stems from how dynamic and versatile the medium is. At a time, when the internet holds more precedence over the radio, it becomes all the more important to understand why and how its reach across all platforms has a global impact.

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