Radio Olive 106.3 FM Qatar’s no.1 Hindi radio station & first smart radio station celebrated – World Radio Day by wishing the listeners and radio stations across world – Red FM, My FM, Capital FM, Radio City, Big FM, Z100, 2Day FM.
The member states of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) first proclaimed this day back in 2011. However, it was later adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 2012 as an International Day. Since then, February 13 has been observed as World Radio Day. The theme for World Radio Day 2022 is “Radio and Trust”.
HISTORY OF RADIO
While the radio enjoys a long and interesting history, its earliest beginnings are still quite controversial. There’s some debate as to who actually invented the radio. While we may not know with certainty who put together the first radio device, we do know that in 1893 the inventor Nikolai Tesla demonstrated a wireless radio in St. Louis, Missouri. Despite this demonstration, Guglielmo Marconi is the person most often credited as the father and inventor of the radio. It was Marconi that was awarded the very first wireless telegraphy patent in England in the year 1896, securing his spot in radio’s history. A year later, however, Tesla filed for patents for his basic radio in the United States. His patent request was granted in 1900, four full years after Marconi’s patent was awarded. Regardless of who created the very first radio, on December 12, 1901, Marconi’s place in history was forever sealed when he became the first person to transmit signals across the Atlantic Ocean.
Today, radio has become much more than Tesla or Marconi could have ever imagined. Traditional radios and radio broadcasting have become a thing of the past. Instead, radio has steadily evolved to keep up with current technology, with satellite and streaming internet stations gaining popularity. Radios are found not only in homes, but they are also a staple in vehicles. In addition to music, radio talk shows have also become a popular option for many. On the two-way radios front, newer digital two-way radios allow for one-to-one communication that is typically encrypted for improved security. Short-range radios have improved communications at worksites and handheld radios have become essential in sports, television production and even commercial airline operations.
RADIO IN COVID 19 PANDEMIC
During the COVID-19 pandemic, radio broadcasts into homes, workplaces and hospitals have provided essential updates on health measures and provided solace to scores of people cut off from their loved ones.
In its more than 110 years of existence, radio has evolved with the many changes in our world and proven its resilience. Despite an increasingly busy media landscape and the rise of digital communications, it remains the most widely consumed medium at the global level. The United Nations recognizes the value of the medium annually through World Radio Day every February.
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