Tomorrow, February 13th, is World Radio Day. It was declared so by UNESCO since radio is "specifically suited to reach remote communities and vulnerable people: the illiterate, the disabled, women, youth and the poor, while offering a platform to intervene in the public debate, irrespective of people’s educational level. Furthermore, radio has a strong and specific role in emergency communication and disaster relief."
Even though radio has the widest reach of all forms of mass media, there are still nearly a billion people who do not have access to it. UNESCO's goals with World Radio Day include: raising "greater awareness among the public and the media of the importance of radio; to encourage decision makers to establish and provide access to information through radio; as well as to enhance networking and international cooperation among broadcasters."
And what does World Radio Day have to do with #365ofgoodWR exactly? In addition to simply being a terrific initiative to be aware of, it's also a great time to share a little teaser about a project I am pretty excited about called the Midtown Radio Project. Given the important role radio can play in connecting others and building community, I'm thrilled to see this local initiative start up. There will be more about the Midtown Radio Project in future posts on this blog, but for now you can discover more on their facebook page as well as sign up for upcoming workshops.