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. 

Source URL: https://www.tweentribune.com/article/tween56/radio-station-broadcasts-all-over-world-only-breakfast-time/

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COMMENTS (49)
  • Dassaed S-mag
    2/15/2019 - 10:35 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.

  • Azucena B-mag
    2/15/2019 - 10:59 p.m.

    I'm not a big fan of listening to the radio but at some point I listened, when I lived with my mom.I remember my mom told me that when she was a child listening to stories on the radio.I think it's an old device and an old-fashioned pastime. Even so, I think it is fantastic and surprising the work done by the people who work in the radio station of which the article speaks.

  • Nancy M-mag
    2/15/2019 - 11:20 p.m.

    The radio today I think it is not as heard as years ago and that's why I feel very good that you are giving another emphasis because digital music fans may notice that the output is a bit like the playlists Algorithmically generated. These are built by Spotify or Pandora.
    "The difference is that here the algorithm is mediated by the one day cycle of the Sun sweeping the globe." That's according to Jones. "It is linked to the large number of stations in these remote locations." This does not sap it and it looks very interesting to me.

  • Blanca A-mag
    2/16/2019 - 12:08 a.m.

    Global Breakfast Radio it is a radio that is heard in all the world, there are problems with the internet pages because they disappear very fast this causes difficulties with the bits, background photos are also appreciated

  • Yaneth M
    2/16/2019 - 12:09 a.m.

    Not usually, since it does not catch my attention. I prefer to listen to music from my cell phone, but I respect the tastes of others.

  • Alheli R-mag
    2/16/2019 - 09:03 p.m.

    To be honest I don't listen the radio, I think that nowadays is no usual listen the radio,that's because sometimes in some places there is no signal to listen the radio. Many people listen spotify or other sites online that give them music or read articles on the cellphone or the news.

  • ethanm-orv
    2/17/2019 - 02:37 p.m.

    That is really cool that they play the radio only in the morning of there respected time zones. I dont listen to the radio, but if i did i would listen to this morning station.

  • KadinY-pla
    2/17/2019 - 06:11 p.m.

    This article was about a radio station that collects and plays 250 radio stations from around the world. However, these stations are only played during the time zone's breakfast time, hence the radio station's name Global Breakfast Radio. For example, if you tune into the radio station around 5:00 Pm central standard time, you will hear the radio stations of Russia, Japan, etc. These stations are being played during the country's breakfast times. Two people came together to create this radio station since they are big fans of waking up and listening to the radio in the morning. This shows civic engagement because two individuals had an idea that would benefit the people who love morning-radio and collaborated to make that idea happen.

  • Audrey-E2
    2/21/2019 - 10:58 a.m.

    this article is about this radio that place at some time in the morning. 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.

  • ZaineI-dec
    2/22/2019 - 08:15 a.m.

    I do occasionally listen to the radio when I'm in the car. Other than that i don't really listen to the radio because listening to people talk over a speaker doesn't really interest me.

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