orld Radio Day is February 13 - 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 recognised as a powerful communication tool and a low-cost medium.
UNESCO invites all radio stations and supporting organisations to join them for World Radio Day. A chance to strengthen diversity, peace and development through broadcasting. The theme for this year's World Radio Day is radio and sports. Which covers diversity in sports coverage, gender equality in broadcasting and peace and development through sports coverage. Women represent just 7% of sportspeople seen, heard or read about in the media and only 4% of sports stories focus primarily on women. UNESCO has started the hashtag #HerMomentsMatter to help other people share their stories.
94% of adults listen to the radio weekly and in 2017, more people listened to radio than watched TV or content on their smartphones. There are more than 800million radios in developing countries and 73% of farmers own a radio. Radio listener groups in Saharan Africa allow farmers to access information to harvest better crops.
9,000 children in Southern Africa now have access to education through solar radios after actor Tom Hanks organised a charity auction. 3.9billion people, which is more than half the world's population, are still not connected to the internet; making radio the most accessible medium. Countries from all over world recognise how important radio is. By the end of last year, Norway had switched off its FM radio, turning it into digital radio only.
This year at Newport City Radio, you can celebrate with us! We have three World Radio Day shows broadcasting on the 13 February.
10:00 - 13:00 with Lamsie, 13:00 - 16:00 with myself (Adam L. Davies) and 16:00 - 19:00 with Daniel Price!