Every year, World Radio Day is celebrated on February 13 with the aim of highlighting the importance of radio. In the age of a technologically advanced world with easy access to the Internet and other means of communication, the special role of radio simply cannot be ignored. There are still many people who not only trust radio but also depend on it for news consumption and entertainment purposes. To date, radio has managed to be a leading platform to reach the masses, at least here in India.
The member states of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) first proclaimed this day in 2011. However, it was later adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 2012 as an International Day. Since then, February 13 is celebrated as World Radio Day.
The theme for World Radio Day 2022 is “Radio and Trust”. On the occasion of World Radio Day 2022, UNESCO invites radio stations around the world to commemorate the 11th edition of the event, as well as more than a century of radio. the three main sub-themes of World Radio Day 2022 are:
1) Trust in radio journalism: Journalism should be about disseminating correct, well-researched and verified information. People involved in the radio journalism industry must be able to produce high quality content.
2) Trust and accessibility: This sub-theme aims to highlight the need for accessibility of information or news to different sections of society. Every individual (including people with disabilities) should be able to access the radio.
3) Confidence and viability of the radios: Radio stations must be competitive and able to reach a large audience.
Even after decades, radio has remained one of the oldest, most popular and most consumed news media. It also plays an important role in disseminating information in the event of a natural disaster. The main motive for the day was to allow people from different backgrounds, cultures and experiences to voice their concerns and voice their opinions.