Celebrating World Radio Day

February 13 became World Radio in 2011 after being proclaimed by the member states of United Nations (UN) Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) and adopted by the UN Assembly in 2012 as an international day.

As Unesco succinctly puts it: "Radio is a powerful medium for celebrating humanity in all its diversity and constitutes a platform for democratic discourse. At the global level, radio remains the most widely consumed medium.

"This unique ability to reach out the widest audience means radio can shape a society’s experience of diversity, stand as an arena for all voices to speak out, be represented and heard.

"Radio stations should serve diverse communities, offering a wide variety of programmes, viewpoints and content, and reflect the diversity of audiences in their organisations and operations."

702 programme manager Alastair Teeling-Smith says radio plays a crucial role in nation-building.

Radio is an incredibly intimate medium that is based on the relationship between the station and the listener.

Alastair Teeling-Smith, 702 programme manager

As a talk radio station, 702 is a powerful medium that can and does make a difference in the lives of our listeners through the sharing of views and information as well as ideas and opinions that can be transformative in the lives of our listeners

Alastair Teeling-Smith, 702 programme manager

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