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World Radio Day

February 13 is World Radio Day, which celebrates the radio as a way of educating people, providing information, and promoting freedom of expression across cultures.

Stacked up vintage radios against a wooden wall.
Vintage radios that served their purpose during times of peace and war.

Celebrate World Radio Day

Each year the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) celebrates World Radio Day by planning activities with broadcasters, organizations and communities around the world.

Public Life

Radio Day is a global observance and not a public holiday.

About World Radio Day

Despite being over 100 years old, the radio is one of the most popular ways to exchange information, provide social interchange, and educate people all over the world. It has been used to help people, including youth, to engage in discussions on topics that affect them. It can save lives during natural or human-made disasters, and it gives journalists a platform to report facts and tell their stories. The first World Radio Day was officially celebrated in 2012.

World Radio Day Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday Type
MonFeb 132012World Radio DayUnited Nations observance
WedFeb 132013World Radio DayUnited Nations observance
ThuFeb 132014World Radio DayUnited Nations observance
FriFeb 132015World Radio DayUnited Nations observance
SatFeb 132016World Radio DayUnited Nations observance
MonFeb 132017World Radio DayUnited Nations observance
TueFeb 132018World Radio DayUnited Nations observance
WedFeb 132019World Radio DayUnited Nations observance
ThuFeb 132020World Radio DayUnited Nations observance

Quick Facts

World Radio Day is an annual United Nations (UN) event that promotes the importance of the radio in communicating information worldwide.

World Radio Day 2016

Saturday, February 13, 2016

World Radio Day 2017

Monday, February 13, 2017


Name in other languages

World Radio DayEnglish
Día Mundial de la RadioSpanish
עולם יום רדיוHebrew
اليوم العالمي للإذاعةArabic
세계 라디오 데이Korean
Welttag des RadiosGerman

List of dates for other years

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