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Asia-Pacific broadcasters urged to share joys of radio

Broadcasters across the Asia-Pacific are being urged to join in World Radio Day (WRD) activities to promote the importance of radio.

The international World Radio Day Committee – which includes the thirteen main audio-visual and telecommunication associations – wants radio stations around the world to call on their listeners to leave audio messages in any language on the official WRD interactive platform, which can then be downloaded for broadcast all day on 13February 2014.

ABU Secretary-General Dr Javad Mottaghi is encouraging the Union’s radio members across the Asia-Pacific to get behind initiatives to promote World Radio Day.

“Radio has long been and continues to be a vital service to millions of people in our region,” Dr Mottaghi says. “Let us celebrate its place in social life by sharing our thoughts on what it means to us.”

Other highlights of WRD include a prestigious rights-free concert offered by Radio France to every community, commercial or public radio station for broadcast on 13 February.

The concert was recorded on 23 January at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, with the Orchestre National de France playing the Concerto for Cello and Orchestra by Antonín Dvorak, featuring Anne Gastinelle, and the Symphony N°1 “Titan” by Gustav Mahler under the direction of Daniele Gatti.

More information on the WRD activities and how to participate can be found at the WRD dedicated website.