UNESCO World Radio Day

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UNESCO’s General Conference, at its 36th session, proclaimed World Radio Day on 13 February.

UNESCO’s Executive Board recommended to the General Conference the proclamation of World Radio Day, on the basis of a feasibility study undertaken by UNESCO, further to a proposal from Spain.

Radio is the mass media reaching the widest audience in the world. It is also recognized as a powerful communication tool and a low cost medium. Radio is specifically suited to reach remote communities and vulnerable people: the illiterate, the disabled, women, youth and the poor, while offering a platform to intervene in the public debate, irrespective of people’s educational level. Furthermore, radio has a strong and specific role in emergency communication and disaster relief.

There is also a changing face to radio services which, in the present times of media convergence, are taking up new technological forms, such as broadband, mobiles and tablets. However, it is said that up to a billion people still do not have access to radio today.

A wide consultation process started in June 2011, carried out by UNESCO. It included all stakeholders, i.e. broadcasting associations; public, state, private, community and international broadcasters; UN agencies; funds and programmes; topic-related NGOs; academia; foundations and bilateral development agencies; as well as UNESCO Permanent Delegations and National Commissions. Among the answers, 91% were in favour of the project. The leader of the project, the Academia Española de la Radio, received over 46 letters of support from diverse stakeholders, including the Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU), the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU), the African Union of Broadcasting (AUB), the Caribbean Broadcasting Union (CBU), the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the International Association of Broadcasting (IAB), the North American Broadcasters Association (NABA), the Organización de Telecomunicaciones Ibeoramericanas (OTI), BBC, URTI, Vatican Radio, etc.
A World Radio Day Feasibility Study provides more details about the consultation process.

The date of 13 February, the day the United Nations radio was established in 1946, was proposed by the Director-General of UNESCO. The objectives of the Day will be to raise greater awareness among the public and the media of the importance of radio; to encourage decision makers to establish and provide access to information through radio; as well as to enhance networking and international cooperation among broadcasters.

The consulted stakeholders also proposed ideas for the programme of celebration: extensive use of social media, annual themes, a dedicated website enabling virtual participation, special radio programmes, radio programmes exchange, a festival involving key partners, and so forth.

On 14 January 2013, the United Nations General Assembly formally endorsed UNESCO’s proclamation of World Radio Day. During its 67th Session, the UN General Assembly endorsed the resolution adopted during the 36th session of the UNESCO General Conference, proclaiming 13 February, the day United Nations Radio was established in 1946, as World Radio Day.

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The USA Loves XeRW!

A map showing where our listeners are in the USA is very interesting.

The darker the shade of blue, the more listeners we have in that state.

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For the period 19th June – 19 July 2013 the maps & stats show that we are most popular in Florida, followed by Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Illinois and California.

Quite why we are so popular in the South Eastern USA is a bit of a mystery, but we are!

So ‘Good Morning America’ from XeRW!

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Northern Soul

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Northern Soul is a music and dance movement that emerged, initially in Northern England in the late 1960s, from the British mod scene. Northern soul mainly consists of a particular style of black American soul music based on the heavy beat and fast tempo of the mid-1960s Tamla Motown sound. The northern soul movement, however, generally eschews Motown or Motown-influenced music that has met with significant mainstream success. The recordings most prized by enthusiasts of the genre are usually by lesser-known artists, and were initially released only in limited numbers, often by small regional United States labels such as Ric-Tic and Golden Records (Detroit), Mirwood (Los Angeles) and Shout and Okeh (New York/Chicago).

Northern soul is also associated with particular dance styles and fashions that grew out of the underground rhythm & soul scene of the late 1960s, at venues such as the Twisted Wheel in Manchester. This scene (and the associated dances and fashions) quickly spread to other UK dancehalls and nightclubs like the Chateau Impney (Droitwich), Catacombs (Wolverhampton), the Highland Rooms at Blackpool Mecca, Golden Torch (Stoke-on-Trent), and Wigan Casino. As the favoured beat became more uptempo and frantic, by the early 1970s, northern soul dancing became more athletic, somewhat resembling the later dance styles of disco and break dancing. Featuring spins, flips, karate kicks and backdrops, club dancing styles were often inspired by the stage performances of touring American soul acts such as Little Anthony & The Imperials and Jackie Wilson.

During the Northern soul scene’s initial years in the late 1960s and early 1970s, popular Northern Soul records were usually not recent releases, and generally dated from the mid-1960s. This meant that the movement was sustained (and “new” recordings added to playlists) by prominent DJs discovering rare and previously overlooked records. Later on, certain clubs and DJs began to move away from the 1960s Motown sound and began to play newer releases with a more contemporary sound.

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Listening is up!

World Radio Day – Radionomy’s Audience Has Doubled in One Year

As part of World Radio Day, Radionomy, the leading platform dedicated to online radio, announces record-breaking audience levels.

In total, 20 million more hours were broadcasted in January 2012 than in January 2011, which means audience levels more than doubled.

New Figures : January 2012

During the month of January 2012, Radionomy recorded worldwide:

- 72.500.000 listening sessions
- 36.000.000 hours streamed
- 13.100.000 unique listeners

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The Decades That Rocked


Remember those often freaky sounds from the 60′s, or the more mellow rock from the 70′s? Well you can hear all sorts of rock music from those two decades every Saturday night starting at 21.00 GMT. We feature music from groups such as Pink Floyd, Nazareth, Love, Steve Miller Band, Roxy Music and ELO.

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VOA News Bulletins on XeRW


Whilst we appreciate that many people love XeRW because we play great music, we also know that in today’s busy and unsettled times being up-to-date with what is happening in the world is very important. Therefore we have introduced a regular 5 minute news bulletin supplied by VOA. The bulletins cover major stories throughout the world and are updated regularly. We hope that you find the service useful, and we would appreciate your views on it.

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Party Special


Our New Year’s Eve 70′s Party programme went down so well with our listeners that we have now decided to make it a regular feature. So tune in at 20.00 GMT/UTC every Saturday night for four bouncing hours of disco party music.
Music from The Bee Gees, Gloria Gaynor, Rubettes, Barry White, Detroit Emeralds, Slade, The Tramps, Van McCoy and many many more. Dig out the big shoes, the big trousers, the tank tops, the glitter, the big belts, and guys if you still have the hair, how about a nice big Afro hairstyle?
So Now Is The Time to Get Up And Boogie at the Disco Inferno, get Reunited with your old mates and Dance Dance Dance!

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Happy New Year!


XeRW wishes all our listeners a wonderful New Year! Thanks for your support and listenership in 2011, it’s been great to know that you are listening all over the world. Let’s hope for peace, stability and a better life for all in 2012.

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Merry Christmas to our wonderful listeners!


XeRW wishes all of our fantastic listeners a wonderful time over the festive period, and we hope you will continue to enjoy the music we play in 2012.

It’s been great to see whereabouts in the world we have listeners, and equally great to know that no matter where we live, we all love the music from the 50′s, 60′s and 70′s!

Love, Peace and Happiness to you all!

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We go mobile!


We’re always looking at new ways of allowing listeners to hear the great music we play on XeRW. And we’re pleased to announce that smartphone users who have iPhones or Android system phones can download a totally free app which will allow you to listen to XeRW easily. Full details and downloads are available here.

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