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 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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Do you listen to the radio? Why or why not?
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  • Alanis,Samuel-rod
    10/29/2019 - 09:10 a.m.

    Yes,I do listen to the radio because i listen to the news and what is happening in the world and i listen to music too.

  • Chavez,Jeremiah-rod
    10/29/2019 - 09:10 a.m.

    I do not listen to the radio. I don't listen to the radio because one I don't have one, second I don't really get the things they say. Whenever they say really long words I don't get what they say, except things I actually know.

  • Arroyo,Caymon-rod
    10/29/2019 - 09:11 a.m.

    Yes I do listen to the radio. The reason why I listen to the radio is there's many exciting stories and music.

  • Weaver,Ivy-rod
    10/29/2019 - 01:19 p.m.

    I don't prefer to listen to the radio. Besides my family started using their phones for music. It's a more advanced way because you have a choice of what you listen to and your not at the mercy of the radio.

  • Thomas,Edward-rod
    10/29/2019 - 01:19 p.m.

    I do not listen to the radio because i think that it is a waste of time considering that almost everyone has a phone and can listen to whatever song that they want with the click of a button

  • Brown,Gabrielle-rod
    10/29/2019 - 01:20 p.m.

    I don't listen to the radio much because i always just listen to my playlist on spotify. Sometimes i listen to the radio on spotify but that's only when i want to add more music to my playlist so not often.

  • Judge,Cameron-rod
    10/29/2019 - 01:22 p.m.

    I do listen to the radio. Though the reason isn't because I want to listen to the radio but thats what my mom plays in the car. On my own time if it was up to me I would rather do something else that listen to the radio.

  • Charles,Kaelyn-rod
    10/29/2019 - 01:28 p.m.

    I probably wouldn't listen to this radio. It doesn't differ from music apps or other radio stations very much. In my opinion, this station isn't very special.

  • Lin,Edwin-rod
    10/29/2019 - 01:42 p.m.

    I don't listen to the radio because I don't care for what's on the radio and the news will info me of what is going on in the world or the internet will.

    -The Asian/ Edwin out

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