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Despite the incredible spread of the internet around the world, radio is still the medium with the widest reach, with upwards of 95 per cent of the world's population able to receive a signal. That's why the UN has proclaimed February 13 World Radio Day, to celebrate the medium, improve cooperation between broadcasters and encourage stations around the world to promote access to information and freedom of expression. It's no secret that George loves him some radio: every Sunday night at 8 p.m., he celebrates the #SpiritOfRadio on The Strombo Show on CBC Radio 2, and he got his start in broadcasting at a rock radio station in Kelowna, B.C. In the gallery above, five reasons to love radio.
This year, the UN has placed a special focus on gender equality on the airwaves, since less than one quarter of radio stories are about women, and only 37 per cent of radio stories are reported by women. “Without the voices of more than half the world's population, how can we understand the whole story?” Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, said in a statement. UNESCO produced this infographic to draw attention to the issue: