TODAY, MONDAY, February 13, 2017, is the sixth annual World Radio Day. In celebrating the event in Ghana, Farm Radio International (FRI), in partnership with the UNESCO Office in Accra, is organising a number of activities to commemorate the day.
World Radio Day is a time to celebrate radio as a medium to improve international co-operation between broadcasters and to encourage major and minor networks alike to promote access to information, freedom of expression and gender equality over the airwaves.
The theme UNESCO has chosen for this year’s event, ‘Radio is You’, is significant as it encourages all radio stations to be the best they can be, and reinforce the role of the public as active agents of change in their communities through the airwaves.
Since the introduction of radio in Ghana almost 82 years ago, and the liberalisation of the airwaves in 1996, the number of radio stations has risen to almost 500.
Though the figure is impressive, there are concerns about whether listeners, broadcasters, politicians, and airwave regulators are indeed leveraging radio as a significant driver for societal change and development.
The potential of radio has never been more relevant for Ghana and this is why we want to explore this year’s World Radio Day theme ‘Radio is You.’
Radio Day Open Forum
As part of activities to celebrate the day, FRI and UNESCO are encouraging the general public to celebrate radio as a powerful tool and catalyst for development.
Activities planned for the celebration include an Open Forum to be held at National Insurance Commission in Accra.
The purpose of the forum is to join the international community in celebrating World Radio Day, promote the evolution of radio from a one-way to an interactive, participatory tool for communication, showcase the impact of radio and how it transforms our daily lives and highlight FRI’s contribution in various sectors, including agriculture, health, and gender.
What you can do
Apart from the forum, FRI and UNESCO are encouraging radio stations in public, commercial and community sectors, telecommunication companies, and media training institutions to organise activities and radio programmes to mark the day.
For example, radio stations across Ghana could interact with their listeners through phone-ins, call-outs and SMS.