World Radio Day

13th February marks World Radio Dayย  ๐ŸŽถ play Radio Gaga by Queen ๐ŸŽถ

What is World Radio Day?

Declared by UNESCO in 2011 and then proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 2012, February 13th became World Radio Day. The objective of the day is simple, to celebrate the radio, as a public service, as a network and communication. February 13th was chosen to celebrate the anniversary of the establishment of the United Nations Radio in 1946 ( Radio Day). And as UNESCO states on their website ‘In an era marked by the dizzying speed of technological innovation, the radio beginning in its second century as dependable and widely utilize’ (

The History of the Radio

Canadian Reginald Fessenden is the pioneer of the radio and in December 1906, his voice was broadcasted.ย  The radio was crucial to the First World War and heavily relied upon. It wasn’t until the 1920s that radio resembled what it is today, filled with speakers and music. The 1950s saw a boom in radio broadcasting programmes (dramas to comedy), music and adverts.ย  it is considered the Golden Age.ย  One of the most famous programmes was the War of Worlds.ย  However, soon Radio would be competing with the world of television (Britannica/radio)

The radio was a huge revolution in the world of communication. News became instantly accessible. It changed consumer world with advertising. It transformed the world of music, making it the venture it is today. (university of Minnesota)ย 

The Radio and the Library

Interested in radio, you can browse our expansive library catalgoue till your hearts content.ย  This includes databases such as the wonderful world of Box of Broadcasts.ย  ย You can also browse the school of Creative Arts and Industries subject guides. Here you can find more of the impact of radio.


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