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Feb13 Fun Holiday – World Radio Day

On February 13 or World Radio Day, take the time to honor the role of radio in the world of communication and its contribution in our daily lives.

Retro radio in the bathroom.

Honor the humble radio and the role it plays in communications and society on World Radio Day

©iStockphoto.com/michellegibson

The holiday was created by the United Nations (UN) in 2011 as a way to celebrate the start of UN radio in 1946. It also aims to raise awareness about the role that radios play in society.

Russia celebrates Communications Workers' Day on May 7 to commemorate the date in 1895 when Alexander Popov, a Russian physicist, successfully demonstrated a working radio transmitter. Bulgaria also celebrates the day but calls it Radio and Television Day.

How to Celebrate?

  • Learn more about the history and science of radios.
  • Learn how to build your own radio – you never know when you may need to make one.
  • Give your time and money to organizations working on bringing radio communications to many isolated parts of the world.

Did You Know…

…that the Spanish Academy of Radio had originally proposed to create a World Radio Day on October 30? On this day in 1938, a performance of War of the Worlds by Orsen Wellß was aired over the radio.

World Radio Day Observances

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