World Radio Day

'In less than 100 years radio has become king and remained king' #WorldRadioDay

Born in the 80s when radio was the source of information and entertainment for many households, Obenewa Amponsah, Executive Director of Harvard Centre for African Studies takes a journey down memory lane and looks at the role radio played in her life.

Amponsah also talks about the transition radio has taken over the years to remain relevant in most people's lives as the world celebrates World Radio Day on 13 February.

She says the first radio recording done in sub-Saharan Africa was done in South Africa in 1923.

Read: [WATCH] EWN/947's Cindy Poluta: I love the immediacy of radio #WorldRadioDay

In less than 100 years radio has become king and has remained king.

Obenewa Amponsah, Executive Director of Harvard Centre for African Studies

With the introduction of internet and new media people thought radio was dying but radio producers are utterly brilliant.

Obenewa Amponsah, Executive Director of Harvard Centre for African Studies

Amposah speaks about how radio has converged to include other forms of media.

Now people can interact with their favorite radio personalities and take part on a radio show through social media tools like Twitter, and not just via telephone.

The good thing is that it is not just about music anymore, but about development, a great way to share ideas and information from farming to health and safety with communities might otherwise not have access to that information.

Obenewa Amponsah, Executive Director of Harvard Centre for African Studies

The aim of World Radio Day is to celebrate radio as a medium; to improve international cooperation between broadcasters; and to encourage major networks and community radio alike to promote access to information, freedom of expression and youth participation over the airwaves. You can find out more by visiting the World Radio Day website.

To hear more of this interview, listen below:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : 'In less than 100 years radio has become king and remained king' #WorldRadioDay


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI

702 welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

  • Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Religious intolerance
  • Cyber bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Derogatory language
  • Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the 702 community a safe and welcoming space for all.

702 reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

702 is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

Read More
[WATCH] EWN/947's Cindy Poluta: I love the immediacy of radio #WorldRadioDay

[WATCH] EWN/947's Cindy Poluta: I love the immediacy of radio #WorldRadioDay

EWN Sports Editor Cindy Poluta talks about the power of radio.

[LISTEN] 947's Ravi Naidoo says no other country can mirror SA radio

[LISTEN] 947's Ravi Naidoo says no other country can mirror SA radio

Naidoo says radio is heading towards a more integrated approach as we celebrate World Radio Day.

Opinion: Radio remains the most widely accessible form of media - William Bird

Opinion: Radio remains the most widely accessible form of media - William Bird

Media Monitoring Africa director reveals why radio still remains so powerful as we celebrate World Radio Day on 13 February.

[LISTEN] Life Beyond Olympics for refugee athletes

[LISTEN] Life Beyond Olympics for refugee athletes

Recipient of the prestigious Peace and Sport Awards 2016, Erin Hayba talks about her project, ‘From Refugee Camp to Rio’.

#WorldRadioDay: Voices of women sports broadcasters and why diversity matters

#WorldRadioDay: Voices of women sports broadcasters and why diversity matters

Media historian Michael Socolow says there is a bias that has contributed to the low number of female broadcasters.

Indian female sports broadcaster breaks gender barriers in sport

Indian female sports broadcaster breaks gender barriers in sport

In the build-up to World Radio Day, Anjum Chopra about her experience as a woman in the male-dominated world of sport.

Francois Pienaar remembers the day in 1995 when rugby united South Africa

Francois Pienaar remembers the day in 1995 when rugby united South Africa

In the build-up to World Radio Day on 13 February, Unesco spoke to former Springbok rugby captain about the unforgettable day.

Popular articles
Two young boys go the extra mile to get a sick dog to a vet with just R7

Two young boys go the extra mile to get a sick dog to a vet with just R7

Peter and Jerry gave up their last R7 to get a sick community dog (Lady) to an Animal Welfare shelter for medical attention.

[LISTEN] ANC Tshwane says it has documented proof of corruption in the metro

[LISTEN] ANC Tshwane says it has documented proof of corruption in the metro

The Tshwane ANC says it has evidence that Mayor Solly Msimanga is central to several irregular appointments in his administration.

Pieter-Dirk Uys gets serious about money (‘Evita is my pension!’)

Pieter-Dirk Uys gets serious about money (‘Evita is my pension!’)

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Uys about his attitude toward money (hopes and fears, successes and failures, etc.).

'Almost alcoholics' - the blurred lines between social drinking and alcoholism

'Almost alcoholics' - the blurred lines between social drinking and alcoholism

Sobriety advocate Janet Gourand explains the differences between the social drinker and an almost alcoholic.

[LISTEN] White callers debate privilege and response to apartheid

[LISTEN] White callers debate privilege and response to apartheid

Two white callers, Matt and Stephanie, disagreed on how white people should respond to apartheid as Eusebius McKaiser facilitated.

More than 30% of students go hungry

More than 30% of students go hungry

Dr Stephen Devereux says a large number of black students are more vulnerable than their white counterparts.

[WATCH] Safari that could have gone horribly wrong as buffalo charges vehicle

[WATCH] Safari that could have gone horribly wrong as buffalo charges vehicle

Khabazela shares some tweets, Facebook posts and videos that have gone viral.