The 13th of February is World Radio Day. The day is intended to commemorate the founding of United Nations Radio on 13 February 1946 and has been celebrated worldwide since 2012. We have a reading and two listening tips for this.
In his 2014 audio essay
, Uwe Hasebrink
continues to reflect on the role of radio in the digital world. "Radio can also be used for listening and for special listening experiences, the intensity of which definitely exceeds the possibilities of audio-visual television," says Uwe Hasebrink already knowing this when Germany's podcast landscape still looked rather barren.
Also worth reading is this article
by Hans-Ulrich Wagner
about writers who, like Siegfried Lenz from Hamburg, have used radio for their work.
And finally, we recommend a find from the SWR archives. In his Christmas address
Christmas address from 1924, radio pioneer Hans Bredow
takes stock after a year of radio in Germany.
HBI began with radio research
The HBI was founded in 1950 as the "Hans Bredow Institute for Radio and Television" and initially specialised in research into radio and the then new medium of television. It was named after Hans Bredow, who established the technical radio network in Germany during the Weimar Republic as "State Secretary for Telegraph, Telephone and Radio", in short: Reich Radio Commissioner. The word broadcasting also goes back to him.
The focus of our research may have shifted with the change in media in recent decades, but the fascination with radio remains.
We wish you a Happy World Radio Day!