World Radio Day – February 13th: Celebrate By Remembering “WKRP In Cincinnati”

This is likely to be a smahing time with cracking music.

WORLD RADIO DAYFeb.13th: proclaimed by the United Nations as both a powerful medium of humanity and a platform for democratic discourse. Radio’s pursuit of music and news has John recalling the TV comedy of radio stationWKRP In Cincinnati” on Crosscurrents, Monday Feb.13 at 8:00 AM. Listen live at, 102.7fm, or 103.1fm.

Theme Song: “…I’m living on the air in Cincinnati.”
Jonah and Wyatt join the cast at “KRNN In Juneau”.?

Proclaimed in 2011 by the Member States of UNESCO, and adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 2012 as an International Day, February 13 became World Radio Day (WRD). Radio continues to be one of the most trusted and used media in the world, according to different international reports. With more than a century of history behind it, the humble radio remains one of the most trusted and widely used media for communication around the world.

Doctor Johnny Fever, “Give it to me straight Doctor. I can take it!”
Wyatt and Jonah join Doctor Johnny Fever as he signs on the air.

Radio is a powerful medium for celebrating humanity in all its diversity and constitutes a platform for democratic discourse. 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. Radio stations should serve diverse communities, offering a wide variety of programs, viewpoints and content, and reflect the diversity of audiences in their organizations and operations.

Les Newsman, “Oh my God. They re turkeys!”
Jonah and Wyatt watch Les as he reports as turkeys drop from the sky during the “WKRP Thanksgiving Give-Away”

Radio continues to provide quick and affordable access to information in real time, along with professional coverage about matters of public interest, opportunities for distance learning and, of course, entertainment. Accessible anywhere and anytime, radio reaches a broad and diverse audience. Research in both developing and developed countries points to radio as a powerful and trusted source of information.

WKRP on-air commercials including “Red Wigglers The Cadillac Of Worms.“
Wyatt and Johan join Venus, Andy, and Bailey as the watch Doctor Fever in the studio.

In the age of countless online platforms, radio has remained the most robust and far-reaching medium of communication. Every year on 13 February, World Radio Day is commemorated to honour one of the oldest and widely consumed mediums of communication.

Johnny Fever, “Strap yourselves down babies, cause you’ve got the fever!”
Wyatt and Jonah celebrate with Doctor Fever as the “elevator music” programming changes to “Rock And Roll.”

According to UNESCO, radio is a strong and powerful medium for celebrating humanity in all its diversity and constitutes a platform for democratic discourse. The importance and reach of radio can be well understood and proven by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s radio show ‘Mann Ki Baat’. Like every year, UNESCO has also called on radio stations across the globe to celebrate this day.

In radio, you have two tools. Sound and silence. – Ira Glass

8 thoughts on “World Radio Day – February 13th: Celebrate By Remembering “WKRP In Cincinnati”

  1. I grew up in a radio/telephone family. By the 1950s the US had 108 50,000 watt stations. The bulk of the work, though, was done at the 250 watt locals that were no more sophisticated than the WKRP set. Dedicated, underpaid family men. (Virtually no women on AM.)
    For anyone who loves football, with a good house play-by-play man radio can be more fun than TV. (You have me thinking of Phil Samp in Cincinnati, the original voice of the Cincinnati Bengals.)

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    1. Your memories are wonderful. Radio is so very as a means of communication. The experience is unique to each listener. Thanks for your reply and relating your reflections.

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  2. I listen to NPR every morning on my way to work. I also heard on it about one NPR affiliate that was being censored by that state’s governor. That was extremely disturbing to me.

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