World Radio Day is an international day celebrated on 13 February each year. The Day was decided by UNESCO on 3 November 2011 during its 36th conference. Radio is still a fascinating and imaginative space. Governments, schools, work places, and even churches still highly depend on the medium. Radio continues to operate in an evolving world, and still one of the most effective means of communicating and holding your corrupt politicians accountable every now and then.
World Radio Day 2021 Theme
World Radio Day 2021 theme mentions the theme as “New World, New Radio”.
On the occasion of World Radio Day 2021 (WRD 2021), UNESCO calls on radio stations to celebrate this event’s 10th anniversary and the more than 110 years of radio through three sub-themes.
- Evolution: The world changes, radio evolves – radio is resilient and sustainable;
- Innovation: The world changes, radio adapts and innovates- radio adapts to new technologies and remains the go-to medium of mobility, accessible everywhere and to everyone;
- Connection: The world changes, radio connects – radio services our society during natural disasters, socio-economic crises, epidemics, etc.
13 February 2021 is World Radio Day, which celebrates the radio as a way of educating people, providing information, and promoting freedom of expression across cultures
World Radio Day 2021 Quotes & Messages
Radio is a powerful medium for celebrating humanity in all its diversity.
At the global level, radio remains the most widely consumed medium.
Radio is a low-cost medium specifically suited to reaching remote communities and vulnerable people.
In radio, you have two tools. Sound and silence. ~ Ira Glass
Community radios provide profound new opportunities for more inclusive sustainable development. – Denise Gray-Felder
Radio pluralism is an essential component in the deepening of the democratic process. – Bamako Declaration on Radio Pluralism
Combining social media and local radio is also a chance to strengthen community participation, especially of marginalised groups. – DW Akademie
The internet creates more of an appetite for media – it doesn’t replace physical books, radio or TV. – Marissa Mayer
Exponential growth in access to the Internet, satellite television and radio, cell phones, and P.D.A.’s means that breaking news now reaches virtually every corner of the globe. – Dee Dee Myers
Radio as we know it is pretty much changing completely. – David Lee Roth
Public radio is alive and kicking, it always has been. – Harold Brodkey
I can turn on the radio right now and be inspired. – Courtney Love
If it weren’t for Philo T. Farnsworth, inventor of television, we’d still be eating frozen radio dinners. – Johnny Carson
Radio is the theater of the mind; television is the theater of the mindless. – Steve Allen
Being a famous print journalist is like being the best-dressed woman on radio. – Robin Williams
If data is important, radio is probably not your place. – Evan Davis
I love theater. I also love radio. I love language. – Indira Varma
I like to argue with the radio. – P. J. O’Rourke
TV didn’t kill radio, it just added something new to the mix. – Douglas Coupland
Radio news is bearable. This is due to the fact that while the news is being broadcast, the disk jockey is not allowed to talk. – Fran Lebowitz
Radio dramas have disappeared. Radio acting is now gone. – George Takei
In radio, you have two tools. Sound and silence. – Ira Glass
Radio is for driving. – Ira Glass
Radio is a medium of entertainment which permits millions of people to listen to the same joke at the same time, and yet remain lonesome. – T.S. Eliot
The left and the right live in parallel universes. – Barney Frank
Classic Rock radio gave us our longevity. – George Thorogood
Creativity shouldn’t be following radio; it should be the other way around. – Herbie Hancock
Most of the music you hear on the radio today is developed for making money. It doesn’t feel true or honest. You can feel it in the music. – Iris Dement
Radio on the Internet is yet another world-shrinking example of what communications analysts call death of distance. – Tim Jones
Podcast listenership is some 20 times what people are listening to on the radio. – Scott Aukerman
I think the Internet is an awful lot like FM radio was when it broke out in the late ’60s. It’s kind of a wild and wily kind of format. – Roger McGuinn
I do not buy CDs any more; I usually stream Internet radio. – Oren Peli
The digital revolution has disrupted most traditional media: newspapers, magazines, books, record companies, radio. – Ken Auletta
Radio killed variety and TV killed radio, and the internet will kill television and it will go on and on. – Victoria Wood
What you’re left with currently is podcast talk radio. – Chris DeWolfe
World Radio Day History
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.