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Cardwell Library to Celebrate World Radio Day 2018

To celebrate UNESCO World Radio Day 2018 an event will be held from 10:00am on Tuesday 13 February, 2018 in the grounds of the Cardwell Library.

The theme for 2018 is Radio and Sports. With the coverage of traditional and grassroots games, radio can reconnect people with their cultural heritage, promoting freedom of expression and diversity through cultural expression.

Sports coverage is hugely powerful in shaping norms and stereotypes about gender. Radio has the ability to challenge these norms, promoting a balanced coverage of men's and women's sports and a fair portrayal of sportspeople irrespective of gender.

Radio has played a key role in Australia’s history and in many people’s lives, particularly in times of disaster and crisis.

Radio is a mass media reaching the widest audience in the world. It is also recognised as a powerful communication tool and a low cost medium. Radio is specifically suited to reach remote communities and vulnerable people: the illiterate, the disabled, women, youth and the poor, while offering a platform to intervene in the public debate, irrespective of people’s educational level. Furthermore, radio has a strong and specific role in emergency communication and disaster relief.

There is also a changing face to radio services which, in the present times of media convergence, are taking up new technological forms, such as broadband, mobiles and tablets. However, it is said that up to a billion people still do not have access to radio today.

Cr Raleigh said, “This is the perfect opportunity to interact with members from several amateur radio clubs throughout Far North Queensland who will be sharing their knowledge and bringing a number of unique items from their own personal vintage radio collections including shortwave and recreational radios used during WWII.  I encourage all members of the community to join us for this event.”

The event will feature an exhibition of items used by the School of the Air in 1950's and 1960's and in the nearby JC Hubinger museum a display of historical information.

World Radio Day 2018 website: http://www.diamundialradio.org/home