UNESCO World Radio Day 2017- “Radio is YOU”

Thursday, February 9, 2017 10:46 AM- George's, Grenada

ST. GEORGE’S GRENADA, FEB. 09, 2016: The Grenada National Commission for UNESCO is inviting all radio entities to celebrate UNESCO World Radio Day, which will be celebrated on Monday, Feb. 13, 2017, under the theme “Radio is YOU!”

At the heart of this theme is the idea that a healthy radio sector should be representing the views and diversity of its audience. Listeners should be central contributors to the strategy and policies of radio stations and mechanisms should be put in place to allow people to participate at all levels.

The key messages for World Radio Day 2017 are:

1. Radio helps shape our lives — it is still one of the most dynamic, reactive and robust media platforms that exists. Ensuring that radio can operate in conditions that promote freedom of expression and journalists' safety is paramount.

2. Radio informs and transforms us through information, knowledge, entertainment and audience participation. Having listener clubs, public editors and policies that promote quality editorial ensures that all voices can be heard.

3. Radio is uniquely positioned to bring communities together and promote positive dialogue for change. Where social media and audience fragmentation may create 'media bubbles' of like-minded people, radio can still bring us all together.
4. Radio is You! Having a radio means that you are never alone. Radio will always be there for you.

UNESCO would be delighted if, together with the Grenada National Commission for UNESCO, you can participate in World Radio Day 2017, by doing all or any of the following:

1. Celebrate with us

We are asking radio stations to plan a special broadcast, host an open day or public event, or get together with other stations for a World Radio Day discussion forum. All events/broadcasts should be posted on the events map on the website (www.worldradioday.org).

2. Spread the word

Speak to your networks and partners about the importance of radio and how they can celebrate World Radio Day 2017. Feel free to pass on this message and encourage them to visit the website to sign up. In addition, we hope all radio stations will help us spread the word on the day and leading up to it by tweeting our hashtag: #worldradioday.

3. Listen to your listeners

Specifically targeted towards media organisations and regulators, we are encouraging them to take a radio 'health check-up' to ensure they are consulting with their audiences.

To ensure you are kept up-to-date, please feel free to register on the official website for World Radio Day 2017: www.worldradioday.org. You can select a jingle to be played, share the key messages on your station or via social media.

UNESCO looks forward to working with you to make this World Radio Day the biggest ever!

Should you have any questions related to the above, or would like more information about how your station can get involved, we invite you to make contact with our World Radio Coordinator, Ms Alison MESTON using the following email: a.meston@unesco.org




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