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 aggregates programs from more than 250 radio stations around the world. But there's a catch. Each of those stations is only played during its time zone's respective breakfast time slot. According to GBR, “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."

According to Wired UK, the station was created by two UK-based breakfast radio fans. They are Seb Emina, a writer, and Daniel Jones, a systems artist. The duo combed through hundreds of radio stations worldwide to narrow down the current list of 250. Those stations play on a loop, with music and news following the sunrise. As Wired UK explains, pulling that off required a bit of technical finesse. 

Digital music aficionados might notice that the output bears a little resemblance to the algorithmically-generated playlists 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," says Jones, "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 that 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 including Alpenmelodie, which plays traditional oompah music from Germany. The highlights also include the Voice of Palau, the government-run station of that island nation. And there is Radio Wassoulou Internationale, playing traditional tunes from South Mali and Guinea.

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  • jzirk-wim5
    2/07/2019 - 12:40 p.m.

    Yes, I listen to the radio in the car with my family. I really do not listen to music often except when I'm in the car with my family. We listen to Christian music mostly, but my brother sometimes listens to today's hits. I think its really neat that the two UK-based breakfast radio fans made a radio station that is all over the world at their respective "breakfast" time.If you think about it, the radio station is actually playing worldwide all day.

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