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.

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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.

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