Rural villagers in Nawa, Afghanistan, rely on radios (distributed by the U.S. Army) for social and political news from the Afghan capital, Kabul.
Photograph by Spc. Tia Sokimson, courtesy U.S. Army

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  • On February 13, 2011, the United Nations first celebrated World Radio Day. World Radio Day recognizes the ability of radio to reach even the most remote and impoverished regions of the world.
     
    Radio waves do not recognize political, social, or economic borders. “Radio is the mass media reaching the widest audience in the world,” UNESCO says. “It is also recognized as a powerful communication tool and a low cost medium. Radio is specifically suited to reach remote communities and vulnerable people: the illiterate, the disabled, women, youth and the poor, while offering a platform to intervene in the public debate, irrespective of people’s educational level. Furthermore, radio has a strong and specific role in emergency communication and disaster relief.”
     
    Celebrate World Radio Day by discussing media access around the world; consider how radio is used for political, social, and entertainment purposes; and, of course, listen to your favorite radio station!
  • Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry
    border Noun

    natural or artificial line separating two pieces of land.

    Encyclopedic Entry: border
    communication Noun

    sharing of information and ideas.

    debate Verb

    to argue or disagree in a formal setting.

    disaster relief Noun

    goods, services, or funds supplied to government groups, organizations, or individuals following a natural or manmade disaster that prevents the normal functioning of society.

    economic Adjective

    having to do with money.

    illiterate Adjective

    unable to read or write.

    impoverished Adjective

    very poor.

    intervene Verb

    to come between two things.

    platform Noun

    basic computer technology, including both hardware and software, sometimes geared to a specific purpose or application.

    political Adjective

    having to do with public policy, government, administration, or elected office.

    radio wave Noun

    electromagnetic wave with a wavelength between 1 millimeter and 30,000 meters, or a frequency between 10 kilohertz and 300,000 megahertz.

    recognize Verb

    to identify or acknowledge.

    remote Adjective

    distant or far away.

    social Adjective

    having to do with a community or other group of organized people.

    specific Adjective

    exact or precise.

    UNESCO Noun

    the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization.

    Encyclopedic Entry: UNESCO
    United Nations Noun

    international organization that works for peace, security and cooperation.

    vulnerable Adjective

    capable of being hurt.