World Radio Day: Harnessing the power of radio for an informed, connected world

 World Radio Day: Harnessing the power of radio for an informed, connected world

World Radio Day is marked annually on February 13. On this day, we celebrate a timeless medium that connects us, informs us, and brings communities together through the power of sound waves.

According to the United Nations, the objective of World Radio Day is to raise greater awareness among the public regarding the importance of radio.

A cost-effective medium of communication, radio has played a vital role in reaching out to remote communities and vulnerable populations for ages. A day dedicated to highlighting the pivotal role of radio, UNESCO established World Radio Day to be observed on February 13, every year.

Radio is a form of mass media and communication that usually transmits music, news, and other programmes from a single broadcast station. Since its origin, radio has been a primary medium of communication.

From the early 20th century to the present day, it has connected people from different remote regions, including rural and tribal areas where connectivity has been a major shortcoming. This single device has helped create awareness, educate and connect the masses.

As we celebrate World Radio Day 2024, let’s take a closer look at the history, significance and theme.


Radio was invented in 1895 by an Italian physicist and inventor named Guglielmo Marconi. He is credited for being the first to develop a practical and successful system of wireless communication.

Following the invention, radio became one of the most ubiquitous and important forms of communication of the 20th century, revolutionizing the way people received and shared information. Radio broadcasting became a vital source of news, entertainment, educational content, and connecting communities. The radio continues to play a significant role in our lives today as well.

In 2011, the member states of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) declared February 13 World Radio Day. It was then adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 2013 as an international event.

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The importance of observing World Radio Day is to acknowledge the unique power of radio as a medium of communication. Radio is a fast, accessible, and cost-effective way to reach out to large audiences, making it an ideal medium for sharing information, promoting awareness and connecting communities.


The theme to celebrate World Radio Day changes each year and is designed to focus attention on specific aspects of the role of radio in society. Hence, the theme for World Radio Day 2024 is “Radio: A century of informing, entertaining and educating”.


By Okoye Peter

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