World Radio Day 2019: Know its theme & Importance

13 February marks World Radio Day 

13 February marks the celebration of World Radio Day every year. This time UNESCO will celebrate its 8th edition.

The day marks the importance of radio in our lives. The radio was invented in the year 1895 by Guglielmo Marconi in Italy. Since then, it has been transmitting messages to the mass. The basic purpose of radio is to inform, transform and unite the listeners. It transmits the message to people from all background with the intention of bringing them together.

Theme –

The theme of this World Radio Day is “Dialogue, Tolerance, and Peace”. Broadcast programs provide a platform for dialogues and democratic debates over issues like migration and violence towards women which can help listeners think over the issue and taking actions for them. It helps in spreading awareness among the listeners irrespective of castes or backgrounds.


The day will be celebrated at UNESCO headquarters on Wednesday, from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Two radio stations will go live, including Radio UNESCO. In a total of “10 workshops” will be offered.

UNESCO encourages all countries to celebrate this day by undertaking activities with diverse partners such as national, international or regional.

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Here are four little facts that you need to know about Radio

1. The term radio is derived from the Latin word Radius. It means a wheel, beam of the light ray. Early developments in Radio were called Wireless telegraphy.
2. Did you know Radio license was issued in the UK from the year 1922 to 1971? You cannot listen to Radio if you don’t have the license.
3. The existence of Radio waves  and the feasibility of radio transmission was predicted by James Clark Maxwell in the year 1860s
4. Marconi won a Nobel Prize for contributions to the development of wireless telegraphy 1909.

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