Celebrated on February 13, 2012. Who knew about this? In any case, the purpose of World Radio Day is to:
…raise awareness about the importance of radio, facilitate access to information through radio and enhance networking among broadcasters. Radio has to be recognized as a low cost medium, specifically suited to reach remote communities…
Furthermore, radio has a strong and specific role in emergency communication and disaster relief.
Which is true enough. The fact that this is sponsored by UNESCO, the UN being one of my least favorite organizations, makes me slightly suspicious. While radio can be used for good purposes, like any media, it can also be corrupted. It is up to the listeners to know the difference and act accordingly.
Radio is still the greatest mass media ever known to man kind, larger audience than the internet and TV. Over the last eighty years or so, radio has had an incalculable impact on society as a whole. Therefore, it is right to reflect on this and to honor radio history and those that develop and facilitate radio broadcasts past and present.
Some interesting statistics on radio: Statistics on Radio