Hello and welcome to this week's post, which is audio based. Why? Well this 13th February is World Radio Day.As you will know from following the blog, plus my content on social platforms, I have always been passionate about radio.In fact, I came to Bosnia and Herzegovina back in 1998, to launch a radio station!Back to this post. My initial plan was to write about the history of this UN launched project, but, by pure happenstance, an old radio buddy of mine who is in Canada, and runs a community station there, contacted me and asked if we could chat about radio for his programme on Midtown Radio.I simply couldn’t refuse, so here’s David Harmes, chatting with me about radio and why its so important a medium.Click on the player at the top of this post to listen :)
This podcast is both a fun and serious conversation about community radio.I (we) hope you enjoy it.
So grab a tea of coffee and put 30 or so minutes aside to join us.
What is World Radio Day?
World Radio Day 2022 will be celebrated once again on the 13th of February. UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) proclaimed the event at their 36th Conference after it was put forward as an idea by the Kingdom of Spain.
The purpose of World Radio Day is to raise greater awareness among the public and the media of the importance of radio. This is done in the hope that we can encourage decision makers to establish and provide access to information through radio.
World Radio Day brings people and communities from all backgrounds together in order to create dialogue for positive change. Radio is also a fantastic way to provide democratic debate over issues such as violence and political arguments. It can promote and raise awareness among old and new listeners!
The 2022 edition of World Radio Day is based around 3 sub-themes:
Evolution - The world is always changing, so radio evolves along with it. This refers to the resilience and sustainability of radio!
Innovation - The world is always changing, so radio adapts and innovates. Radio has had to adapt to new technology to remain the go-to medium of mobility, accessible to everyone, everywhere!
Connection - The world is always changing, so radio connects. This sub-theme refers to radio's services to our society!
Top 5 Facts about the Radio
* Physicist Heinrich Hertz was the first person to prove that radio waves exist.
* A ‘broadcast’ only occurs when a radio signal is sent to many receivers at once.
* The first radio messages were one-way and were an attempt to replace telegraph messages.
* FM radio began in 1939.
* There are almost 15,000 radio stations alone in the USA.
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