World Radio Day

February 2016

World Radio Day is a recent holiday. It was first celebrated in 2012 following a UNESCO decision a year earlier. The Director-General of UNESCO proposed to make 13 February World Radio Day because on that day the United Nations radio had made its first appearance on the airwaves in 1946. The objectives of the Day will be 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. UNESCO calls upon all countries to take an active part in World Radio Day. Broadcasters in many countries hold events dedicated to World Radio Day.