Blayne Treadgold + Kael Butler
4 February 2020
North Metro TAFE’s Student operated radio station, Boom Radio will launch into 2020 on Thursday 13th February 2020.
The launch coincides with World Radio Day, a world event recognised by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO). With the 2020 theme for the day being #wearediversityradio
“Proclaimed in 2011 by the Member States of UNESCO, and adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 2012 as an International Day, February 13 became World Radio Day (WRD).”
“On World Radio Day 2020 (WRD 2020), UNESCO calls on radio stations to uphold diversity, both in their newsroom and on the airwaves.
This edition of WRD is divided into three main sub-themes:
- Advocating for pluralism in radio, including a mix of public, private and community broadcasters;
- Encouraging representation in the newsroom, with teams comprised of diverse social groups;
- Promoting a diversity of editorial content and programme types reflecting the variety of the audiences.
We are working on différent tools and contents to help radio stations and other stakeholders celebrating WRD 2020.”
The Radio has been around since before world war I, and since then it has played an instrumental role in modern society. Radio has served as a way to educate, inform, entertain and connect people around the globe, starting as a tool during the first world war, where they were used to relay messages across the battlefield.
However, Radios were given a new life in the 1920s, as a means of informing and entertaining families across the globe. Since then, Radios have become a staple in our homes, our cars and even our smartphones. It’s been used to provide education to those who are unable to go to school, to bring people together in times of hardship, keep us company when we’re stuck in traffic and its used, every day, as a way to give communities’ a voice.
And with the number of listeners at an all-time high, growing by 22% in the last decade, it’s safe to say that video didn’t kill the radio star.
Join us from 7am on International Radio Day (Thursday 13 February) as we look back on some of the greatest segments, stories and voices that have graced this platform.