If there’s one thing I truly miss about driving to work since moving to NYC and selling my car, it’s morning radio. Whether it was NPR or WFNX (R.I.P.) or even 98.5 The Sports Hub, there were always some familiar voices and good tunes on the dial to help lubricate the daily grind. Now, thanks to a new website called Global Breakfast Radio, you can hear how people from all over the world start their day in the very same way.
Co-founders Seb Emina and Daniel Jones and their team created an aggregator that streams a radio station from anywhere in the world where the sun is currently rising. For example, at the time of this writing (10:30pm EDT Monday), it’s about 8am in Bangalore, India, and I’m listening to Radio Girmit along with that city’s citizens. The site even provides local weather information and background graphics specific to the region currently being broadcast. That way, you can really imagine what folks on the Outer Ring Road are experiencing as they tune in (scattered clouds and a comfortable 75.6°F right now).
According to their official site, Global Breakfast Radio seek to connect people over airwaves and “a billion bowls of cereal or congee.” To that extent, they compare themselves to “a plane flying west with the sunrise, constantly tracking the chatter and music of people in front of microphones across the planet.”
They add, “Global Breakfast Radio hopes to be a way of traveling globally through the medium of radio. It’s about the leap of imagination you make when you tune into a broadcast from a station hundreds or thousands of miles away – and for a time you hum the same song as a butcher in Memphis, a taxi driver in Jerusalem or a lawyer in Jakarta.”
You can listen via globalbreakfastradio.com on either your computer or smart device’s browser. You can also stream through iTunes, VLC, or compatible mp3 players; instructions on those streams can be found here.