9 Big Reasons Why Radio is Important to Africa
In a world filled with mobile phones, tablets and computers people often ask us, “Why radio”?
Its power to educate and inform in everyday life and emergencies is just as important today as it has always been.
Radio goes where newer technologies can’t. Beyond electricity, beyond a mobile signal. Beyond literacy. It’s the most effective way of delivering information in remote corners where having the right knowledge can mean the difference between a harvest and hunger, between feeling confident or humiliated, or even between life and death.
1. Radio reaches the most number of people
Radio remains the most used mass-communication medium in Africa with the widest geographical reach and has the greatest audiences compared with the Internet, television and newspapers. In Tanzania, 83% of adults surveyed said they get news and information from radio, as did 89% in Kenya. When adding an MP3 recording feature, people need never miss a broadcast.