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25 Fun Facts about Radio you need to know on World Radio Day

World Radio Day is celebrated every year on February 13, to recommend radio as a medium of entertainment and data and the mode of communication.

Radio is one of the most powerful mediums in all its diversity. At the global level, radio remains the most generally consumed medium. It has a one of a kind ability to contact the greatest crowd. It can shape a society’s experience of diversity and can even remain as a field for all voices to speak out, be represented, and be heard.

Radio is the best method of delivering information. It is a free, democratic base, and confided in one. Because of which it has the broadest geological reach and the best crowds contrasted and the Internet, TV, and newspapers.

World Radio Day 2021 Theme

The theme for World Radio Day 2021 is, “New World, New Radio”. It will feature the services given by this medium during the COVID-19 emergency.

The UNESCO has called on radio stations to celebrate the 10th anniversary of World Radio Day through three sub-themes: evolution, innovation, and connection.

  • Evolution: “The world changes, radio evolves – radio is resilient and sustainable”
  • Innovation: “The world changes, radio adapts and innovates- radio adapts to new technologies and remains the go-to medium of mobility, accessible everywhere and to everyone”
  • Connection: “The world changes, radio connects – radio services our society during natural disasters, socio-economic crises, epidemics, etc.”

“New World, New Radio” is an “ode to the resilience of radio”, says the UN. World Radio Day was begun in 2011 by the Member States of UNESCO and in 2012, the United Nations General Assembly received it as an International Day.

World Radio Day 2021 (WRD 2021) celebrates radio as part of humanity’s history by following the different improvements in our society and adapting its services. As the world changes do as well, radio. In this way, during the Covid-19 pandemic, radio made it conceivable, for example, to guarantee continuity of learning, to battle against deception, and to promote barrier gestures.

25 Fun Facts about Radio

  1. The term “radio” is derived from the Latin word “radius”, signifying “spoke of a wheel, beam of light, ray”. Early advancements in radio were called ‘wireless telegraphy’, which is the reason the radio used to be known as the wireless.
  1. Radio was first made as an approach to send telegraph messages between two individuals without wires, however soon two-way radio brought voice communication, including walkie-talkies and eventually mobile phones.
  1. It was first applied to communications in 1881 when, at the proposal of French researcher Ernest Mercadier, Alexander Graham Bell received “radiophone” (signifying “radiated sound”) as a substitute name for his photophone optical transmission system. However, this creation would not be generally embraced.
  1. One of the world’s first scheduled radio broadcast services (known as PCGG) started in Rotterdam, Netherlands, on November 6, 1919.
  1. From around 1920 to 1945, radio formed into the first electronic mass medium, monopolizing “the airwaves” and defining, alongside newspapers, magazines, and movies, a whole generation of mass culture.
  1. India’s radio broadcast history returns to the mid-1920s. During British rule, the first radio program was broadcast in July 1923 by the Radio Club of Mumbai. After four months, Calcutta Radio Club likewise went on air.
  1. In 1922, the UK government presented a radio license costing 10 shillings. From 1922-1971 you were unable to listen to the radio in the UK without having a license.
  1. The private Indian Broadcasting Company Ltd. (IBC) appeared in July 1927, when it began working with two radio stations in Mumbai and Calcutta.
  1. During the 1930s the US President began sending a message about the nation every week to the American public. Organizations that make and send radio programming are called radio stations.
  1. Yet, it is June 8, 1936, is a significant day in the history of radio broadcasting in India. On this day, the Indian State Broadcasting Service was renamed All India Radio.
  1. Around 1945 the presence of TV started to change radio’s content and role.
  1. The word ‘broadcasting’, referring to radio transmissions, was initially an agricultural term for the wide scattering of seeds.
  1. The presence of radio waves and the feasibility of radio transmission was anticipated by Scottish Scientist James Clark Maxwell during the 1860s.
  1. Guglielmo Marconi, an Italian innovator and electrical engineer, known for his pioneering work on long-distance radio transmission, created a radio telegraph system. He sent and got his first radio signal in Italy in 1895 a discredited for the radio’s invention.
  1. Marconi made the first successful transatlantic transmissions of radio waves in 1901 and 1902. In 1903, Marconi empowered US President Roosevelt to send a radio message to Edward VII.
  1. Before Marconi, others including Nikola Tesla, Oliver Lodge, and Heinrich Hertz had great claims to have created radio transmission.
  1. In 1922, the UK government presented a radio license costing 10 shillings (50p).
  1. Authoritatively, from 1922-1971 you were unable to tune in to the radio in the UK without having a license.
  1. Marconi won a Nobel Prize for “contributions to the development of wireless telegraphy” in 1909. Marconi was the extraordinary grandson of John Jameson, founder of Jameson Irish Whiskey.
  1. With more than 415 radio broadcasts in around 23 languages, India’s All India Radio is one of the biggest radio broadcasters in the world. It covers 99% population in the country.
  1. On 20 September 2010 Spain proposed to observe World Radio Day. UNESCO’s General Conference, at its 36th session, announced World Radio Day on 13 February.
  1. Since it is the day the United Nations radio was set up in 1946. On 14 January 2013, the United Nations General Assembly officially embraced UNESCO’s declaration of the World Radio Day.
  1. During its 67th Session, the UN General Assembly embraced the resolution received during the 36th session of the UNESCO General Conference, announcing 13 February, the day United Nations Radio was set up in 1946, as World Radio Day.
  1. Declared in 2011 by the Member States of UNESCO, and received by the United Nations General Assembly in 2012 as an International Day, February 13 became World Radio Day (WRD).
  1. On the event of World Radio Day 2021 (WRD 2021), UNESCO approaches radio stations to praise this current event’s 10th anniversary and the over 110 years of radio.
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