Amateur radio operators understand the importance of radio, especially during emergencies and following natural disasters. Indeed, the bravery and commitment of the Philippine Amateur Radio Association last year–in the wake of one of the world’s most destructive and powerful typhoons–is a case in point.
If you’re interested, I just posted the following World Radio Day message on my shortwave radio blog, The SWLing Post:
Today is UNESCO World Radio Day–a day to celebrate the continued relevance of radio in the twenty-first century.
You can make a difference with radio. Here’s how:
- Send a shortwave radio, care of Ears To Our World. You can send one self-powered shortwave radio to a classroom or community in the third world for as little as $40. In impoverished regions still without internet access or electric power, your tax-deductible donation of one radio can inform and empower an entire community of listeners.
- If you’ve heard my 2013 recording for UNESCO regarding the relevance of radio, you may also like to visit World Radio Day’s webpage and listen to what others have to say about the relevance of shortwave radio. Share this page with your friends.
- If you do nothing else, please contact your representative(s) and remind them of the continued importance of shortwave radio in today’s world. Click on the following links to search for your government representative(s) in the USA, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand.
- Need more ideas to celebrate World Radio Day? Check out UNESCO’s list.
Oh, and here’s one more thing you can do: Simply turn on your radio, and listen. I’m pleased to note that World Radio Day, although still a fairly new international holiday, is receiving increased media attention each year. After all, radio listening can be a wonderful, meaningful experience–as well as a worthy cause. So, enjoy!