World Radio Day 2017 – a recap! Fri, 2017-02-24 15:02

On Friday the 10th of February academics, development organisations, and local stations came together for London’s premier celebration of World Radio Day hosted by SOAS Radio in conjunction with C4D and the Centre of African Studies. This was the sixth World Radio Day hosted by SOAS Radio with both new and familiar faces joining us in the Brunei Gallery. The Radio Fair was buzzing with excitement and the Radio Garden added an interactivity to the fair that allowed people to tune into live broadcasts from radio stations across the globe, inviting friends or strangers on a sonic trip whilst in the centre of London.


As every year, SOAS Radio was present broadcasting live from its mobile studio, interviewing the organisations who were exhibiting their work, such as Gharghasht from Afghan Voice Radio with interviewer Fredrik Molin below.



For the first time we offered workshops on radio documentary – given by David Prest from Whistledown Productions – and talk show radio – given by Max Graef working with Roundhouse Radio, that gave the public access to industry professionals who work in London and internationally.


As evening arrived the event moved into the Brunei Lecture Theatre for a panel discussion with Carlos Chirinos (NYU, Africa Stop Ebola), Caroline Mitchell (University of Sunderland, Tansnational Radio Encounters), Stephen Silverwood (Refugee Radio Brighton) and James Deane (Director of Policy and Learning at BBC Media Action).

Topics addressed during the panel discussion ranged from the the state of community radio in developing areas and areas plagued by conflict or authoritarian regimes to various forms of radio such as podcasts and speech radio, to funding for media. As well as all of this we were delighted by the sounds of the Silk and Bamboo Ensemble, who concluded the Radio Fair with a traditional Chinese music performance.


We’d like to thank all of those who came to participate in this event – the lively atmosphere generated by people who share passion for radio and belief in its potential as a medium for empowerment made for a memorable celebration.

Written by Anna Yates. Photos by Bibiane Tecle Bahoken & Lizzie Buchanan.