World Radio Day – Radio, the most accessible media in the world

Every year, the international community celebrates World Radio Day on 13 February.

As someone whose life has been shaped and weaved around radio, I am delighted to take a seat at the table for the common meal of this day.

I wave to all radio stations around the world; all active radio staff ; who include those on stage, whose voices still boom from the microphone through the airwaves, into the ears of thousands and sometimes millions. I wave to those behind the stage, without whom there can be no radio, or at best, a limping radio.

I wave to those who made radio tick yesterday but who are off stage today, either in oblivion, or called to other duties where their light may still continue to shine. To you who fall in this latter category, I say you played your role in your own time and have a right to sit back, relax and watch others take their turn to perform the drama on stage.

In recognition of the amazing contributions of radio on our planet, World Radio Day was instituted to celebrate this important medium of communication and highlight its unique power to connect and bring people together across the globe.

World Radio Day was proclaimed in 2011 by the Member States of UNESCO and adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2012 as an international day. Every 13 February thus, this day is celebrated.

Radio has been described as “a powerful medium for celebrating humanity in all its diversity and constitutes a platform for democratic discourse.”

The theme for World Radio Day 2020 is “Radio and diversity” a theme which “highlights the special value of radio in the era of rapid media revolution.”

UN Secretary General, Antonio Guternes holds that “Radio has a special value in every community as an easy to access source of media.”

With radio stations around the world participating in celebrations of World Radio Day, UNESCO has called on Radio broadcasters to consistently maintain “diversity in the newsroom and on the airwaves.”

It is expected that World Radio Day will make “the public and the media (more) aware of the importance of radio.

It is hoped it will achieve some degree of success to “encourage decision makers to establish better access to information through this medium, improve networking and work towards building international cooperation among various broadcasters.”

When I think of radio, it is a feeling of gratitude that surges in me. Although the blood of a teacher still runs through my veins, it is radio more than anything else, that has moulded me and continues do so unabated.

My gratitude to God can be nothing short of profuse because in his inscrutable and unfathomable ways he opted me in before I knew what was happening.

I thank all those who , along the way facilitated things for me or challenged me to bring out the talent that my Master had crafted in me and so dropped me in the uncertain and stormy seas of radio to spend a lifetime exploring the mysteries deep below.

In a special way, I thank my Archbishop, now Emeritus, His Grace, Cornelius Fontem Esua who in total confidence that the state media had accomplished its mission in forging me gave me the historic opportunity of being the pioneer Manager of the Archdiocesan Radio, better known as Radio Good News, Radio Evangelium; a task which I accomplished with total dedication.

As I look back at nearly 40 years of radio broadcasting, I am amazed by what radio has done for my people, the world and for me.

Radio broadcasting has done amazing contributions to civilization. It remains the most accessible media in the world, playing an important role in everyone’s life. Even people who cannot read and write are able to listen to radio. Radio reaches where other media cannot reach.

Today, at this sunset, I belong to a forum of public radio icons of yester years and we are not short of dreams. As we meet virtually to share and reminisce our younger days as broadcasters, the journey to the end becomes less tedious.

Many radio personalities, especially in repressive regimes hardly seem fully aware of the formidable opportunity put in their hands by radio, as they boom in the ears of people millions of times over the years.

Radio broadcasting is not near home. It still has a long time to journey. It will remain a leading, beautiful one-on-on medium, to bring intimacy and influence lives and shape the world.

One challenge stands shoulders high above all others to men and women of the radio: every listener yearns for the truth, needs to hear nothing but the truth. But the temptation to depart from the truth, the norms and ethics of the profession is often overwhelming.
Lies and hate language will not make the world what God created it to be. It is truth and nothing but the truth, told with charity.
Radio must not be confiscated by the powerful to use as an oppression weapon, to suppress, exploit and bring misery on the poor , defenceless population.
Radio should not be a propaganda tool for the government to cover the eyes of the common people and loot the land and perpetuate themselves in power.
Let radio be an instrument of tolerance; the voice of the voiceless.
Let Radio heal not wound the world.
Let radio build not destroy the world.
Let radio unite, not divide the world.
Let Radio bring peace not war.
Let Radio bring religions together not set them at loggerheads.
Let Radio help make the world not a hell but a heaven on earth.

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HAPPY GREGORIAN NEW YEAR!

With the changing of the calendar there are disagreements about if it is really a new decade.

What a silly disagreement.

Humans feel they control time. They can catagozie and contain it. However, as diverse as Humanity is, there are as many ways to contain time as there are civilazations.

I Celebrate three New Year’s. My actually new year is aligned with my pagan beliefs with the start of the year on Samhein, Halloween.

Then I recognize the Gregorian New Year, which most of the world, particularly the Western World, follow. Then, finally, I celebrate Chinese New Year. This is out of appreciation for Asian culture.

I once owned a Tibetan Buddhist Calendar. It being based on the moon as opposed to the sun. It was definitely different.

My friend in South Korea has two ages. One which is “western,” one which is based on her culture.

Not only are there calendar and time controls within different cultures, there are different views of time in various religions.

Growing up in the United Methodist Church we followed the Christian calendar (hint we are still in the Christmas Season until Epiphany). There are specific traditions and practices associated with certain times of the year in every religious practice.

And don’t even get me started on the different political calendars across the globe.

Sometimes this societal agree on the meaning of time is to our detriment. More and more people are having sleep problems and health issues because they are no longer in tune with their own physical, internal clock, their circadian rhythm.

It is worth remembering for all of the different views and beliefs on time, it is all fabricated by our brains. It is simply a way for our brains to catagozie and barely begin to understand our place in the Universe.

This Gregorian Year of 2020 I suggest we all take a step back and allow the Universe to speak to us, to reset our clocks to its time, instead of the chaos of societal time.

Talk with love and respect

The world will be
A better place to live in,
If we learn
To talk to each other
With love and respect;
What does this mean?
That we must talk,
Not to hurt
But to sweeten the heart;
That we must talk,
Not to destroy
But to build;
That we must talk,
Not to scatter
But to gather;
That we must talk
Not like antagonists
But like friends.
If we can do this,
We will make the home
A better place for all;
Let us learn to talk
With love and respect
No matter who
We are talking to.
Let us strive to talk
To everyone we know,
Everyone we come across
Everyone with whom
We are dealing,
With love and respect,
And the world will be
An excellent place
For all of us to live in.

Tell me what is more powerful

Words are so powerful,
It’s hard to believe;
Words are so powerful
I never knew;
Words, I bet you,
Are the most powerful
Of forces;
You may say prayer is
most powerful;
Yes, it is;
But prayer is said in
words,
Spoken or unspoken;
Words are never to be
toyed with;
With words alone,
God made the world,
And all that is found
in it;
With words,
Sin, suffering
and death sneaked
Into the world,
Through the backdoor;
And through
The Word made flesh,
We are saved
From eternal damnation.
What is more powerful
Than words?

The way we talk matters

The way we talk
Matters more than
Many people are aware;
That is why
Many people talk
Without weighing
Their words;
They don’t give
Careful thought
To what they say;
When you throw words
At random,
Get ready
For the consequences.
Most likely,
You will say
The wrong thing,
Hurt someone,
And create conflict,
Which you could have
Easily avoided.
God has given us language
To use to interact,
Build relationship,
And make the world enjoyable
For all;
But, unfortunately,
We use it to tear down
One another;
To hurt
One another,
To humiliate,
Discourage instead of
Encourage.
To demoralize instead of
Inspire
We have to be careful
How we use language;
Be careful
How we talk;
We have to take time
To choose our words;
Our language has to be
Refined;
And show that we have
Educated minds.
Mind your language;
Take time
To choose your words;
Choose words
That build,
That encourage,
That motivate;
That inspire,
And with them
You will move people
To give you
What you want.
That is why I say
The way you talk matters.

New wine new wineskin

Communication technology,
Are you living or dead?
Tell me if you are modern
Or ancient technology?
I hear you called modern;
Then how comes it
You stand on my way?
How modern are you?
I want a clear path,
That has no obstacles
Blocking me as you do
From reaching
Where I want to go
Without strain;
What I see
Doesn’t make you
Look modern;
Or are you modern
With ancient Managers?
New wine in old wineskin.
That does not work;
New wine, new wineskin.

Grind and sifter your words

Do not throw words
Around at random;
Wise people
Don’t do that;
They are careful
With their words;
They know the truth,
About words;
That words have power
To build or destroy;
Depending on how
They are used;
If you don’t want
To cause havoc,
Avoid taking words for granted;
Throwing them at random
Is detrimental;
It is better to grind
And sifter your words well
Before you use them.
Thus, they will bring great results.
Don’t forget,
Results are what you want.

Don’t talk too much

Don’t talk too much;
You risk saying more than
You should;
And so much damage
You could cause;
Those who talk too much
Weigh not their words
Before they utter them;
Which is a dangerous thing
For anyone to do;
As our people say,
Chew your words well
Before you swallow them;
Say only what
You should say;
Don’t say what
You should not say.
In other words,
Don’t talk too much.