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World Celebrates Radio Day Today, Enthusiasts To Distribute Free Radio Sets In Kolkata

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| February 13 , 2019 , 12:28 IST

World Radio Day was celebrated across the world on Wednesday. It was proclaimed on November 3, 2011, by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation’s (UNESCO) 36th General Conference that February 13, the same day the United Nations established the United Nations Radio in 1946, will be celebrated as the World Radio Day.

Concerned over the waning interest of the young generation in radio, the West Bengal Radio Club, an organisation of ham radio enthusiasts in the state, will celebrate World Radio Day by seeking participants of students from various educational institutions.

The initiative by the Radio Club has been supported by 107.0 MHz FM Rainbow, All India Radio Kolkata, Indian Institute of Communication and Disaster Management (IACDM) and National Institute of Amateur Radio (NIAR) and the approval has been given by UNESCO.

This year’s edition is about how radio as a medium spurred debates, discussions and diverse views and the theme is “Dialogue, Tolerance and Peace,”

Its objectives are to raise greater awareness among the public and the media of the importance of radio, to encourage decision makers to establish and provide access to information through radio, as well as to enhance networking and international cooperation among broadcasters.

For the 2019 edition, UNESCO is organizing an event, open to the public, at its headquarters in Paris. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Radio UNESCO will air on DAB+ and online from a temporary radio station set up by Broadcast Associates.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres spoke a few words on this occasion that aims to celebrate the world’s third largest medium.

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He states, “UN Secretary-General Radio is a powerful tool, even in today’s world of digital communication; radio reaches more people than any other medium platform. It conveys vital information and raises awareness of important issues. It is a personal interactive platform where people can air their views, concerns, and grievances.”

“Radio can create a community. For the United Nations especially or as a peacekeeping operation, radio is a vital way of informing, reuniting and empowering people affected by war. On this World Radio Day, let us recognize the power of radio to promote dialogue tolerance and peace.”