World Radio Day 2021

Welcome to Day Three of the Parallel Lives programme.

In celebration of the 100th episode of the Decentered Media Podcast I’m delighted to support my friend & colleague Rob Watson for a day of online discussion and best-practice sharing as part of the UNESCO World Radio Day

This year World Radio Day is divided into three main sub-themes:

  • EVOLUTION: The world changes, radio evolves – This sub-theme refers to the resilience of the radio, to its sustainability.
  • INNOVATION: The world changes, radio adapts and innovate – Radio has had to adapt to new technologies to remain the go-to medium of mobility, accessible everywhere and to everyone.
  • CONNECTION: The world changes, radio connects – This sub-theme highlights radio’s services to our society—natural disasters, socio-economic crises, epidemics, etc.

Visit the Decentered Media website for the full schedule and follow on YouTube: Click Here 

Fascinating conversations taking place today from a real mix of people involved in community radio. Such a vibrant medium that makes a real difference to peoples lives but doesn’t get the recognition it deserves.

Session Planning (GMT)

10.00 – 11.00 – Strengthening Social Gain

Co-Host: Dr Siobhán Stevenson (Confirmed)

Guests: Juan PardoLeona FensomeCharmaine Burton,


11.00 – 12.00 – Community Radio’s Response to Lockdown

Co-Host: Dr Jo Coleman, Brunel University (Confirmed)

Guests: Julia Ferguson – Bath RadioDean Kavanagh – Switch RadioJohn Keenan – Bute Island RadioMiranda Rae – Ujima Radio

Resources: Report on Covid and Community Radio 2020

12.00 – 13.00 – Creative Community Radio

Co-Host: Lucinda Guy, Soundart Radio (Confirmed).

Guests: Marla King – A Little Bit of Lagom Podcast,

Resources: Skylark Radio,

13.00 – 14.00 – Using Community Media to Promote Personal Hygiene

Co-Host: Sapphire Crosby, De Montfort University (Confirmed)

Guests: Shirish Sadhna – Manav Sadhna

Resources: Germs JourneyDr Katie LairdPro Sarah Younie

14.00 – 15.00 – Futures – Using Community Radio for Public Engagement

Co-Host: Dr Kate Baker, Agile Rabbit & University of Exeter (Confirmed)

Guests: Premal Bhatt – Phonic FMVanessa Boon – Derby Sound,


15.00 – 16.00 – Volta Premier FM – Community Radio in Ghana

Co-Host: Juliet Nugble-Nunkpeku – Volta Premier FM (Confirmed)

Resources: Volta Premier on Facebook,

16.00 – 17.00 – Indigenous Radio 

Co-Host: Dr Katie Moylan, University of Leicester (Confirmed)

Guests: Richard Davis – KUYI FM – Hopi Radio

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