Radio is still an incredibly relevant medium in our daily lives. Whether you listen in your car on your morning commute, or via a radio mobile app, it’s a fantastic way to listen to your favorite music or keep informed. World Radio Day is on February 13th, and what better way to celebrate than by honoring this special medium on your own radio station?
What is World Radio Day?
In September 2010, the Spanish Radio Academy proposed an annual World Radio Day celebration. The idea was accepted by the UNESCO Member States in November 2011 and February 13th was declared World Radio Day. The date coincides with the anniversary of the United Nations International Broadcasting Service, created on Feb 13th, 1946.
We celebrate this day to preserve the timeless medium that is radio and to spread awareness of its importance.
How to celebrate World Radio Day on your radio station?
On this day, people are encouraged to listen to and broadcast radio! Let’s take a look at different ways that you can celebrate World Radio Day on your radio station.
Spread messages of peace
Every year, a different theme is chosen for World Radio Day celebrations, this year’s theme is “Radio and Peace”. Use your radio station to spread this message and encourage others to do the same! Here are several ways you could go about it:
- Social media: post a message on social media asking people to share a message of peace. You can read them live on air.
- Broadcast listeners live: ask your listeners to call your radio station to share their message live on air.
- Audio shout-outs: use the audio shout-out widget to collect audio messages and broadcast them throughout the day on your radio!
- Get out on the streets: get out of your radio studio and take to the streets to spontaneously ask people to share a message of peace or kindness. You can use apps like iziCast or MediaCast to broadcast live from your smartphone.
Show behind the scenes
As a radio station, most of your content is purely audio. Shake things up for World Radio Day and invite your listeners to see behind the scenes of your radio station on your social media accounts.
You could take them on a “day in the life of a radio host”, showing them your routine and what a typical day in the studio looks like. Spill some of the secrets that your listeners may not know about running a radio station! You could also show them your equipment, or introduce them to your team! This is a fun, non-formal way of offering your listeners new content and educating them too.
Tell the story behind your radio station
The day is all about honoring the medium that is radio, so it makes sense to talk about your station! Tell your listeners where your love for radio comes from, and why you decided to start your own radio station. You could allow your listeners to send in questions for you to answer, or make it into a quiz game by offering several answers and having people guess the truth!
It’s a great way for your listeners to get to know you better and may also inspire others to pursue their own projects.
Share some fun facts about radio
People who listen to the radio don’t necessarily know a lot about the medium itself. Educate your listeners by sharing fun facts about radio on World Radio Day! You could dedicate a live broadcast to the topic, or schedule 1 fun fact per hour throughout the day. It’s a fun way to educate your audience whilst keeping your content light-hearted and interesting. We’ve put together some fun radio facts to help you get started:
- The word “broadcasting” is actually a mid-18th-century agricultural term that means “wide scattering of seeds.” Like with sowing, radio broadcasting also involves a large scattering of stuff: radio waves, songs, and entertainment.
- On September 28th, 2006, the City Council of Reykjavik and neighboring municipalities agreed to turn off all the city lights in the capital area for 30mins. This allowed a renowned astronomer talked about the stars and the constellations on national radio.
- The first public radio broadcasts were done on top of the Eiffel tower by radio scientists. The tower was meant to be brought down after twenty years, however, it survived because the military began to use it as a radio tower to intercept crucial military transmissions during World War I.
Broadcast music in theme with World Radio Day
As mentioned above, the theme of World Radio Day 2023 is “Radio and Peace”. Why not broadcast songs that are related to those keywords to help spread the message? Here are a few examples to inspire you:
Songs about Peace
- Imagine – John Lennon
- Peacekeeper – Fleetwood Mac
- I wish you peace – The Eagles
Songs about Radio
- Radio Gaga – Queen
- This is Radio Clash – The Clash
- On my radio – The Selector
How are you planning on celebrating World Radio Day 2023? Let us know in the comments!