World Radio Day: The History And Theme For 2018
World Radio Day, which is recognized on 13 February, is a day to celebrate the importance of the radio in improving international cooperation, providing access to information and supporting free speech.
The day also serves to promote the radio as a means of communication in times of need and emergency. Radios are still the most readily available medium that can disseminate information to reach the widest and most diverse audiences in the shortest amount of time.
The idea of World Radio Day was first proposed by Spain’s Radio Academy in 2010. The following year, in 2011, UNESCO declared the first World Radio Day. Since then, World Radio Day has been celebrated annually on February 13th, a day chosen to coincide with the anniversary of the United Nations Radio, the UN’s international broadcasting service, which was established on February 13th, 1946.
World Radio Day 2018 theme focuses on the interplay between radio and sports, and its impacts on bridging divides, gender equality and diversity.
- Coverage of Traditional Sports:
Through the coverage of traditional and grassroots games, radio can reconnect people with their cultural heritage, promoting freedom of expression and diversity through cultural expression.
- Gender Equality in Sports Broadcasting
Sports coverage is hugely powerful in shaping norms and stereotypes about gender. Radio has the ability to challenge these norms, promoting a balanced coverage of men’s and women’s sports and a fair portrayal of sportspeople irrespective of gender.
- Coverage of Sports for Peace and Development Initiatives:
Through greater coverage of sports for peace and development initiatives, the universal values of non-violence, solidarity and tolerance are recognized and celebrated.