Radio is still the most popular source of news and information, especially in rural areas, the UN Resident Coordinator Bishow Parajuli has said.
Speaking during World Radio Day commemorations held on Monday 13 February, the UN in Zimbabwe Chief said there are an estimated one million radio sets in the country, which is roughly one radio for every 12 inhabitants, according to the latest online database Press Reference.
He commended local radio stations for disseminating information to the public on how the Government, UN, development partners, NGOs and civil society organisations are working together in the areas of SDGs, food and nutrition security, HIV, gender, jobs, response to drought, good governance, and the rule of law.
The full-day commemoration began with a procession led by the Air Force of Zimbabwe and drum majorettes. This was effective in attracting a bumper crowd which numbered over 5 000. This was followed by presentations from radio stations that included Capital. Diamond FM, National FM, Power FM, Star FM, Radio Zimbabwe, ZiFM Stereo, among others. SADC was the only radio station present at this event from the region.
UNIC used the opportunity to talk about the importance of radio in local Shona language live on National FM and Radio Zimbabwe.
World Radio Day, 2017 was commemorated under the theme Radio is You.