|February 13, 2024
Proclaimed in 2011 by the Member States of UNESCO, and adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 2012 as an International Day, February 13 became World Radio Day (WRD).
Radio is a powerful medium for celebrating humanity in all its diversity and constitutes a platform for democratic discourse. At the global level, radio remains the most widely consumed medium. This unique ability to reach out the widest audience means radio can shape a society’s experience of diversity, stand as an arena for all voices to speak out, be represented and heard. Radio stations should serve diverse communities, offering a wide variety of programs, viewpoints and content, and reflect the diversity of audiences in their organizations and operations.
Radio continues to be one of the most trusted and used media in the world, according to different international reports.
“Welcome to the 2024 edition of World Radio Day, a global celebration of an extraordinary medium that has shaped our past, enriches our present, and promises a dynamic future. This year, as we mark over a century of radio, we not only celebrate its historic journey but also acknowledge the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.
Radio has been a trusted companion, bringing news, entertainment, and education to millions worldwide. Its ability to connect people, transcend boundaries, and provide a voice to the voiceless remains unparalleled. In 2024, we recognize the medium’s indelible impact on culture, from drama and music to sports and public discourse.However, this centennial celebration comes at a pivotal time. Radio, while still popular and trusted, faces new challenges in the digital era. The rise of digital platforms, social media, and the changing dynamics of audience engagement and revenue generation pose significant challenges. Yet, radio’s resilience and adaptability continue to demonstrate its critical role in our societies. UNESCO invites the global radio industry, encompassing commercial, public, and non-profit sectors, to join in this celebration. This year’s observance underscores the ongoing utilitarian value of radio, especially as a lifeline during emergencies and a platform for democratic values and free speech. As we celebrate this momentous occasion, let’s embrace the diversity and independence that define the world of radio. Broadcasters around the globe are encouraged to bring their unique cultures, styles, and sensibilities to this celebration. World Radio Day 2024 is not just a look back at what we’ve achieved but a forward-looking gathering, embracing the future of radio in the next century. Together, let’s honor the legacy of radio and shape its future, reinforcing its role as a force for freedom of expression, joy, and knowledge. Welcome to World Radio Day 2024 – a celebration of a century and a toast to the future!”