World Radio Day, which falls annually on February 13, is designated as "a day to celebrate radio as a medium; to improve international cooperation between broadcasters; and to encourage major networks and community radio alike to promote access to information, freedom of expression and gender equality over the airwaves." This date was chosen in 2012 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to commemorate the establishment of the United Nations Radio in 1946. For 2019, the theme of World Radio Day is "Dialogue, Tolerance, and Peace." On this day's official website, visitors can learn more about how radio fits into the current year's theme by listening to (or broadcasting) interviews with people such as Brigitte Alepin, a tax specialist from Quebec and founder of a multilingual radio initiative for children called Radio-Dodo, and Daniel Aldrich, Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at Northeastern University who has studied "how radio can be used to counter violent extremist organizations." Readers will also find a map showing all the World Radio Day events taking place around the globe, and those interested can access the materials from previous years going back to 2012 via links at the bottom of the website.
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