The radio is a device used to transmit audio broadcasts to all citizens of Republic City. Many events, such as pro-bending matches, important announcements, and speeches, are broadcast through the use of a radio. It was also used by Amon to rally the nonbenders of Republic City to fight against the benders.
During their stay on Air Temple Island, the White Lotus sentries who were stationed there to guard Korra often listened to pro-bending matches over the radio. When Tenzin forbade Korra to go see a live match, she climbed onto the roof of the sentries' quarters and eavesdropped on the radio broadcast of a Fire Ferrets match. The radio was then shut off by Tenzin when he realized that Korra was listening. Later, the White Lotus sentries once again failed to keep track of Korra, who this time had sneaked away from the island, as they were preoccupied with listening to yet another pro-bending broadcast. During this broadcast, Shiro Shinobi announced that the Avatar had joined the Fire Ferrets' team as its waterbender, much to the shock of the sentries and the annoyance of Tenzin.
Amon used the radio to interrupt a program that Korra was listening to while she was training on Air Temple Island to announce to his followers that the United Republic Council had declared the Equalists public enemy number one. However, he urged them over this transmission that the revolution was growing and that nonbenders would no longer have to live in fear.
During the Pro-bending Championship Tournament, Shiro Shinobi witnessed the Fire Ferrets completely dominate the Red Sands Rabaroos, noting to the radio audience that they were very professional in their attacks. But, after relationship problems plagued the Fire Ferrets' ability to work as a team, their next two matches puzzled Shiro Shinobi, as the team could not cooperate to win. However, they were still able to advance to the next round since Korra pulled a "hat trick", knocking the entire opposing team off the ring with one swift blow, which Shiro Shinobi exclaimed excitedly to the radio audience.
The morning of the Pro-bending Tournament finals, Amon threatened the United Republic Council via radio to cancel the event and shut down the arena. However, the final decision was to continue with the tournament. Shiro Shinobi voiced his observations on how the White Falls Wolfbats were breaking official pro-bending rules during their match against the Fire Ferrets and how the officials were not calling any of their infractions. Immediately after the match, strange electrical flashes were seen throughout the arena, which turned out to be Equalists taking out the personnel of the Metalbending Police Force. Shiro Shinobi broadcasted the events live to the people tuned in; he continued reporting even when an Equalist approached him in the broadcast booth. His live broadcast was cut short after he was knocked out by that Equalist, who was wearing an electrified glove.
On the day following Korra's capture at the hands of Councilman Tarrlok, the former Chief of Police, Lin Beifong, laid in bed listening to the radio. The program was suddenly interrupted by a news report, spreading word that Avatar Korra had supposedly been abducted by the Equalists. Springing to action at the development, Lin quickly turned off the radio, cutting out the rest of the report.
- Prior to Jinora's visit to his library, Wan Shi Tong believed that a tiny man resided in the radio, singing and playing musical instruments, based on misinformation provided by one of his Knowledge Seekers.