Celebrating World Radio Day

Here's to the women who ply their skills on the airwaves.

Almost a century ago, people gathered around the wireless to listen to Australia’s first radio broadcast on 2SB.

“At precisely 8 o’clock [on November 23, 1923] they tuned in to hear the St Andrews Choir with soloists Misses Deering and Druitt, and Messrs Saunders, Pick and Thorp,” according to the National Film and Sound Archive.

“The ensemble performed Le cygne [The Swan], from Camille Saint-Saens’ Carnaval des animaux [The Carnival of the Animals].”

Fast forward to today, Australia has almost 300 commercial and more than 400 community radio stations plus the national broadcasters, ABC and SBS.

UNESCO has proclaimed February 13 as World Radio Day.

“Radio is a powerful medium for celebrating humanity in all its diversity and constitutes a platform for democratic discourse,” according to UNESCO.

“At the global level, radio remains the most widely consumed medium.

“This unique ability to reach out the widest audience means radio can shape a society’s experience of diversity, stand as an arena for all voices to speak out, be represented and heard.”

This special playlist is dedicated to the women who ply their skills on the airwaves.

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