13 February is World Radio Day – a day to celebrate radio as a medium; to improve international cooperation between broadcasters; and to encourage major networks and community radio alike to promote access to information, freedom of expression and gender equality over the airwaves.
Radio is the mass media reaching the widest audience in the world. It is also recognized as a powerful communication tool and a low cost medium.
Radio is still the most dynamic, reactive and engaging medium there is, adapting to 21st century changes and offering new ways to interact and participate. In order to make this possible, ITU continues working to ensure, among other aspects, that relevant transmission standards are available for digital radio in MF, HF and VHF broadcasting bands, and that there are approved international regulatory frameworks in place to allow for a smooth migration from analogue to digital radio.
The ITU [Radiocommunication Bureau] joins UNESCO in inviting all radio stations and supporting organisations to join World Radio Day 2017, a chance to celebrate radio and how it helps shape our lives!