February 13 is World Radio Day which raises awareness about the importance of radio and strengthens the networking among broadcasters. Now in its seventh year, the celebration is bigger than ever. In 2018 the focus turns to sports and radio.
Hosted by UNESCO, World Radio Day was first celebrated in 2012, following its declaration by the UNESCO General Conference. It was subsequently adopted as an International Day by the United Nations General Assembly. Previous themes have included gender equality, youth participation, radio in humanitarian and disaster situations, and radio is you. In past years, World Radio Day has seen wide success, with more than 500 events taking place around the globe.
World Radio Day 2018 will focus on the following UNESCO sub-themes:
Diversity in Sports Coverage: Through the coverage of traditional and grassroots games, radio can reconnect people with their cultural heritage, promoting freedom of expression and diversity through cultural expression;
Gender Equality in Sports Coverage: Sports coverage is hugely powerful in shaping norms and stereotypes about gender. Radio has the ability to challenge these norms, promoting a balanced coverage of men’s and women’s sports and a fair portrayal of sportspeople irrespective of gender;
Peace and Development through Sports Coverage: Through greater coverage of sports for peace and development iniatives, the universal values of non-violence, solidarity and tolerance are recognized and celebrated.
- What are your favorite radio stations for sports?
- What are your favorite sport podcasts?
- How is your radio listening different today than it was ten years ago?
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