This radio station broadcasts all over the world, but only at breakfast time
This radio station broadcasts all over the world, but only at breakfast time Inside a radio broadcasting booth. (Dave Kleinschmidt/Joe Haupt/Flickr)
This radio station broadcasts all over the world, but only at breakfast time
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Global Breakfast Radio is a 24-hour broadcast operation. It collects programs. These come from more than 250 radio stations. They are from all around the world. But there's a catch. Each of those stations is only played during its time zone's breakfast time slot. "The sun is always rising somewhere. Breakfast is always just about to happen. In some small way, Global Breakfast Radio hopes to be a way of traveling globally through the medium of radio." That's according to GBR.

The station was created by two UK-based breakfast radio fans. Seb Emina is a writer. Daniel Jones is a systems artist. That's according to Wired UK. The duo combed through hundreds of radio stations worldwide. They narrowed down the current list of 250. Those stations play on a loop. They provide music. The provide news. It comes on after sunrise. Wired UK explained it. They said pulling that off required a bit of technical skills.

Digital music fans might notice that the output bears a little likeness to the algorithmically-generated playlists. These are built by Spotify. Or they are built by Pandora. 

"The difference is that here the algorithm is mediated by the day-long cycle of the Sun sweeping the globe." That's according to Jones. "It is tied together with the myriad broadcasters in these far-?ung locations."

But with this comes many difficulties. That’s what Jones explained. "We soon discovered that internet stream URLs seem to decay and disappear extremely quickly. This means that the database of stations needs to be constantly tended. We seem to have accidentally signed ourselves up for a Sisyphean battle against internet bit-rot."

They worked out the algorithmic kinks. Then the team tried to create a list. The list showed the huge diversity around the globe. They wanted to capture the feeling of exploring an endless swath of new places. That’s what they told Wired. 

CC-licensed photos of sunrises from the locales in question circulate in the background. There are a few highlights. These include Alpenmelodie. It plays traditional oompah music. It is from Germany. There is the Voice of Palau. It is the government-run station of that island nation. And there is Radio Wassoulou Internationale. It plays traditional tunes. It is from South Mali. It is also from Guinea. 

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Do you listen to the radio? Why or why not?
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  • kylag-hol
    2/08/2019 - 09:08 a.m.

    Yes I listen to the radio all the time. I listen to it a lot while I am in the car. I like listening to the news and music. I also like the questions that they ask where you can try to win something. I listen to the radio because I think it is very fun.

  • coryd-hol
    2/08/2019 - 09:09 a.m.

    radios are a good they to have because you can play music with and hear the news and in that time that is pretty all they have.

  • calebk-hol1
    2/08/2019 - 02:40 p.m.

    yes i listen to pandora and spotify. i do this so i can get a better workout in

  • krishp-hol
    2/08/2019 - 02:41 p.m.

    yes, I listen to the radio because sometime's i don't have my phone with me or my phone is dead.

  • graceb-hol1
    2/08/2019 - 02:41 p.m.

    I listen to radio for background noise when i'm doing things like reading or cleaning.

  • caidynb-hol
    2/08/2019 - 02:41 p.m.

    I do and I will a lot more when I get a car. I only listen to the radio in the car not outside of it. The reason i don't listen to it outside of the car is because we got stuff like youtube and soundcloud.

  • ericb-hol1
    2/08/2019 - 02:41 p.m.

    yes because i like music

  • douglasr-hol
    2/08/2019 - 02:42 p.m.

    I listen to the radio because you might hear songs that you will like, and it will make you enjoy your car ride even more than you do.

  • jacobm-hol1
    2/08/2019 - 02:42 p.m.

    No, I don't really listen to the radio that much. I don't ever pay attention to what's on or what's happening.

  • zoet-hol1
    2/08/2019 - 02:42 p.m.

    I don't because I just have music already on when I wake up, so I have no need for it

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