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 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 respective 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. They are Seb Emina, a writer, and Daniel Jones, a systems artist. That's according to Wired UK. The duo combed through hundreds of radio stations worldwide to narrow down the current list of 250. Those stations play on a loop. They provide music and news. It comes on after sunrise. As Wired UK explains, pulling that off required a bit of technical savvy.

Digital music fans might notice that the output bears a little likeness to the algorithmically-generated playlists. These are built by Spotify or 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 myriad difficulties, explains Jones. "We soon discovered that internet stream URLs seem to decay and disappear extremely quickly, meaning 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."

Once the algorithmic kinks were worked out, the team tried to create a list. The list is representative of the tremendous diversity around the globe. They wanted to capture the feeling of exploring an endless swath of new places, 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, which plays traditional oompah music. It is from Germany. There is Voice of Palau, the government-run station of that island nation. And there is Radio Wassoulou Internationale. It plays traditional tunes from South Mali and Guinea. 

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  • Nicolas S-mag
    2/12/2019 - 04:29 p.m.

    I WOULD LIKE TO LISTEN TO THIS RADIO STATION Global Breakfast Radio sounds amazing as this station transmits all day but this only in the breakfast of each part of the world because it has 250 radio stations. GBR is interesting as the station has arrived and grovwn all over the world.

  • Yadira C-mag1
    2/12/2019 - 09:05 p.m.

    yes, if I listen to the radio because my girl likes to listen to the radio at first I did not like to listen to it at all but now with time I like this because while I do my domestic work I can hear what is happening and music that is sounding at the moment now I find it fun and it has already become a habit to hear it

  • Monica J-mag
    2/12/2019 - 10:52 p.m.

    I do not listen to the radio.
    I like very little.
    long time
    I listened to a radio program
    called the hairy hand
    and it was not transmitted to the whole world
    very weird I listen to the radio in my car
    but this is going to the forefront especially if they are built by Spotify

  • AvaR-dec
    2/14/2019 - 07:56 a.m.

    I do listen to the radio mostly in the car. I listen to it mostly in the car because it gets boring sitting in the car for a long time.

  • keidene-orv
    2/14/2019 - 02:47 p.m.

    I might try to listen to this radio if I wake up early

  • genesisd-orv
    2/15/2019 - 11:31 a.m.

    yes i Listen to the radio because im in all the car all the time.

  • Guadalupe C-mag
    2/15/2019 - 09:22 p.m.

    Global Breakfast is a radio with more than 250 raio stations, but this device only plays during breakfast hours, the creators of this wonderful technology love to have lunch listening to this transmitter and that is why they came up with this great idea.

  • Nicolas A-mag
    2/15/2019 - 09:24 p.m.

    I liked this article l because l realice that techindogy is progressing very fast. This radio is only Heard when the son rises and people listen to it when its time fpor son rises and people listen to it when its time for lunch this radio was created by fans of listening to radios while having breakfast and to my point of view it wass agreat idea.

  • Marco R-mag
    2/15/2019 - 09:25 p.m.

    This articles talks about a radio stations that is on the air 24 hours a day, but only on the mornings, that is possible because somewhere in the world the sun comes up, that means this radio station is live in that part of the world that the sun is nearly rising.

  • Dassaed S-mag
    2/15/2019 - 10:11 p.m.

    My comment is about the global breakfast radio where it operates 24 hours a day with more than 250 radio stations from all over the world, but it only plays at the time of your rest. The station was created by two Britons named Seb Emina who is the writer and by Daniel Jones artist in systems. With many difficulties explained Jones, who would soon discover Internet transmission URLs seem to decay and disappear extremely fast, which means that the database of the stations must be constantly attended.

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