The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has extended his greetings on World Radio Day to all the radio lovers and to those working in the radio industry. “Greetings on World Radio Day. I congratulate all radio lovers and those who work in the radio industry and keep the medium active and vibrant,” he tweeted. “Radio is a wonderful way to interact, learn and communicate. My own ‘Mann Ki Baat’ experience has connected me with people across India,” he added. He also shared the link to all his radio programmes. 2017 Theme ‘Radio is You’ this year the day calls for a greater participation of both the audiences and communities in the policy and planning of radio broadcasting.
World Radio Day is an observance day held annually on 13 February. World Radio Day is about celebrating radio, why we love it and why we need it today more than ever. A day to remember the unique power of radio to touch lives and bring people together across every corner of the globe. It was proclaimed on 3 November 2011 by UNESCO’s 36th General Conference after originally proposed by the Kingdom of Spain. World Radio Day is celebrated to celebrate radio as the medium for entertainment and information and the mode for communication. This Committee was born in 2012 after the proclamation of the UNESCO´s World Radio Day. This Committee is formed by the most important radio broadcast organitations: ITU-International Telecommunication Union, Spanish Radio Academy, IAB-International Association of Broadcasting, ABU-Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union, ASBU-Arab States Broadcasting Union, EBU/UER-European Broadcasting Union, AER-Association of European Radios, AMARC-World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters, AIBD-Asia Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development, BNNRC-Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication, URTI-International Radio and Television Union and AUB/UAR-The African Union of Broadcasting.Radio stations around the world are invited to promote the official interactive platform wrd13.com of the international WRD Committee by proposing to their listeners to deposit audio messages on it, in any language, which they will be able to download for broadcasting all day long on February 13.