Published:  12:49 AM, 14 February 2018

Why the radio matters

World Radio Day was observed in the country and across the globe yesterday. In an age of predominant television, it is quite natural for people to ask whether or not the radio remains relevant as a medium. The simple answer to that question is 'Yes' because of the fact that radio reaches out to many more people than what television can bring within its network. More importantly, radio has space for more intellectual deliberations on issues of public interest than television, the latter medium having become somewhat captive to matters of entertainment.

The radio remains a powerful medium, especially in disseminating programs related to agriculture, education and modern technology, apart from so many other matters, in every country. In the West, the appeal of the radio has endured. In Bangladesh, people in the rural regions are able to tune in to programs that are of relevance in their lives. The radio also focuses on the needs and priorities of people who are mainly to be seen working in the areas of industry and agriculture.

The radio also serves as a useful means of educating the young in the various subjects they study at school. It teaches them the art of public debate and in that manner opens up their minds to liberal ideas.In the old days, the radio was a method for people to listen to good weekly drama programs in Bangladesh. Many of the songs people in their sixties remember from their youth are associated with the radio, which in every country had song programs that appealed to the aesthetics of people. Those songs are remembered to this day.The radio therefore remains relevant.

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