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World Radio Day

6 February 2017

You buy a Television. It is useless without a digital set top box or a cable service provider. Neither comes with the entire number of channels you need. You might have to pay extra to watch your Football match or to catch that episode of your favorite Television Series. The same is the case with Internet. If you are using a mobile phone, you need a sim card and then select a plan to access Internet. If you are using a Computer, instead of a sim card you need a modem. This is where Radio – the good old guy stands out! It is quite easy to access a Radio and it is very inexpensive as well. It also caters to every section of a society. Be it the illiterate, lesser educated, poor or rich. And that is one of the reasons why though old, it is still an ongoing medium of communication. In addition to broadcast radio two way radios are very effective in facilitating communications between police officers, boating enthusiasts, government officials, pilots and so on.

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In order to remember the unique power of radio to touch lives and unite people across the globe, UNESCO introduced an observance day called WORLD RADIO DAY in 2012. The idea was proposed by Spanish Radio Academy on September 20 2010. UNESCO carried out a wide consultation in 2011 among the different broadcasting associations and 91% were in favour of the project. Subsequently UNESCO observed the first WORLD RADIO DAY in February 13 2012. The date was chosen because it was in February 13 1946 that United Nations established United Nations Radio. Apart from celebrating Radio as a medium, WORLD RADIO DAY also aims to improve international cooperation among broadcasters and to encourage major networks and community to promote access to information, freedom of expression and gender equality over the airwaves. 

Though there are several gadgets in the modern world, the pioneer of communication is still upheld! Marconi or Tesla, it is still argued who the real inventor of Radio is. Whoever it is, he might be smiling from the sky above!