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World Radio Day: 13th February 2022


Radio, Trust, and Some Unique Recordings

The Importance of a Trusted Medium in Today's World 

(1) Radio continues to be one of the most trusted and accessible media in the world, according to different international reports. The theme of the 2022 edition of World Radio Day is thus devoted to Radio and Trust. This phrase has a manifold meaning, encompassing, for example, trust in radio journalism, trust and accessibility, and the trust and viability of radio stations. Therefore, UNESCO has invited all radio stations worldwide to celebrate the 11th World Radio Day and to share information about their relevant activities through the online form available at the URL, below. Proclaimed in 2011 by the Member States of UNESCO and adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 2012 as an International Day, February 13 became World Radio Day (WRD).


(2) To mark World Radio Day 2022, Stuart Fowkes at the Cities and Memory project is launching a unique collection of historic short wave radio recordings spanning eight decades, in a project called Shortwave Transmissions. Stuart said, “ I thought this might make for an interesting celebration of radio, and we have more than 100 recordings and clips that could be used in a package, for instance, so it could make for some great content. The project is a unique online exhibition of 120 short wave radio recordings, all of which have been transformed into new compositions by artists from all over the world, so as well as the original recordings there are some fascinating pieces built from the sounds of radio […].” The project encompasses the following:

  • Recordings from the mysterious spy radio and ‘numbers stations’ around the world.
  • Coverage of world-changing events such as 9/11, the invasion of Kuwait, Kennedy’s assassination, Tiananmen Square protests, the death of Fidel Castro and many more
  • Rare recordings from North Korea, Saudi Arabia, St. Helena, the Falkland Islands and Antarctica.
  • Recordings cover a huge period, from 1934 through to the present day.
  • Space travel documented including the Sputnik, Apollo and Challenger missions.
  • Recordings of famous voices such as Winston Churchill and King George V.
  • Station IDs, interval signals and final broadcasts from radio stations.

Stuart added: "In collecting recordings from across eight decades, many different countries and lots of different topics and news events, we can create an overall picture of how radio is absolutely at the forefront of people's lives, accompanying them through the years and providing that narration and colour about what's going on all over the world - all of humanity is right there at the turn of a dial. And secondly, with these recordings being transformed into compositions by artists, a lot is going on there around the notions of experience, memory and trust in radio as a medium, as expressed through these brand new sound pieces." 


(3) Sweden’s SSA reports the Swedish DX Federation will be taking part in a special broadcast on 6070 and 9670kHz for World Radio Day, Sunday, February 13. (A translation of) the post said, “On 13th February each year, World Radio Day is celebrated, an initiative of the United Nations and UNESCO. The Swedish DX Federation, of course, also wants to participate in the celebration. This will take place with a special broadcast on Sunday, 13th February 2022, according to the following schedule: 12.00-13.00 UTC at 9670 kHz with replay 16.00-17.00 UTC at 6070 kHz via Channel 292 in Germany. As usual, there will be interviews with famous people in the Swedish DX world, nice music and various other shorter elements. The program has been put together by Göran Lindemark. We hope for a good reception!”

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(Source SSA | UNESCO | S. Fowkes | Industry & National Press UK)