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Notes to broadcasters on World Radio Day

UNESCO recently announced that February 13th has been chosen as the date to mark the new annual World Radio Day. This special day gives all radio practitioners and enthusiasts a chance to celebrate their craft and share experiences.

To celebrate the power and reach of radio on this first World Radio Day, Farm Radio Weekly asked our writers to seek out farmers who have benefitted from the simple act of listening to the radio. We are pleased to present examples of farmers who were inspired to try new ideas and practices after first hearing about them on the radio. These stories show that listening is just the start. Farmers went on to find more information and test the different practices on their own farms, with success. In our story from Kenya, Mrs. Joan Kimokoti went on to share her success with others by becoming a guest on the radio show, and advising other farmers who contacted her.

UNESCO has details of the day on its website: http://www.unesco.org/new/en/communication-and-information/events/prizes-and-celebrations/celebrations/world-radio-day/

Full details on how the day came about, and the importance of radio, can be found here:  http://www.worldradioday.org/

The Communication for Development Network has further information: http://c4dnetwork.ning.com/

Various activities have already been planned. UNESCO will present a number of initiatives on its website, and more activities will be announced on the World Radio Day Facebook page, which you can access here:  https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1235132307&ref=tn_tnmn#!/pages/World-Radio-Day/244826332245912 Click “Like” to ensure you receive updates.

We would love to hear about any activities you or your station are planning. Perhaps you are preparing a dedicated radio program. Or interviews? Or maybe a community event? Please let us know. We will share your activities in the coming weeks. Contact: farmradioweekly@farmradio.org

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