In 2011, the Spanish Radio Academy proposed to UNESCO that there be a “World Radio Day”. 13 February has since been adopted as that day, with the date chosen because it is the day in 1946 that United Nations Radio was established.
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Radio is more than a century old now and has become entrenched in many cultures as a traditional means of social interaction and of education. It has also long played an important role in disaster relief and emergency response.
World Radio Day is the occasion for an annual theme that focuses on something good that radio does for societies and for humanity. Some local radio stations across the world focus on that theme, and there are various events held to celebrate and promote the value of radio communication throughout the world.