Feb 4, 2016 | News Releases

Radio stations from around the Caribbean will be an integral part of activities to mark World Radio Day coming up on February 13, 2016.

Under the theme, “Musical Caravan“, the event will be a musical journey through thirty-four (34) countries from the Solomon Islands and Palestine to the Ukraine, Bulgaria and Morocco, continuing eastward through to its conclusion in Hamburg, Germany.

CBU member stations in Guyana, Jamaica, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago have submitted songs representing the culture of their home countries for the event, which uses music to invite the largest possible international audience to celebrate radio.

The CBU radio stations taking part are the National Communications Network (NCN) of Guyana, HOTT 93 operated by the Caribbean Communications Company Limited in Trinidad and Tobago, RJR 94 FM of the Radio Jamaica Group and the National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The Caribbean artists being featured are Natural Black, Kes the Band, Skinny Fabulous (featuring Rodney Small) and Chronixx.

The special music compilation is being coordinated from the Media Department of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and will be available via the Net on a dedicated URL stream.

About World Radio Day

World Radio Day celebrates radio broadcasting, furthers international cooperation among radio broadcasters and encourages decision-makers to create and provide access to information and entertainment through radio, including community stations. The February 13 date is the anniversary of the first broadcast by UN Radio in 1946, when it transmitted its first call sign: “This is the United Nations calling the peoples of the world.” Over the years CBU member radio stations have actively participated in the global celebrations.

The event is co-ordinated through the World Radio Day Committee made up of most of the members of the World Broadcasting Unions (WBU). In January 2016, the CBU accepted an invitation to join other regional broadcasting unions to become the newest member of the World Radio Day Committee.

About the Caribbean Broadcasting Union

The CBU is a grouping of nearly four dozen media entities from twenty-three (23) countries and territories, including radio and television broadcasters in the English, Dutch, French and Spanish-speaking Caribbean. The Union’s mandate includes capacity-building of media institutions and professionals; joint negotiation of rights for programming; and advocacy in regional and international forums on policy and technology issues.

Listen here to the Musical Caravan for World Radio Day