Global Breakfast Radio aggregates local radio stations from across the world, constantly streaming broadcasts from wherever the sun is rising right now: the equivalent of a plane flying west with the dawn, constantly tracking the chatter and music of people across the planet. 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.
Cutting through the abstractions and stereotypes of the news cycle, it reminds us of the everydayness of other places and celebrates cultural differences – receiving an impassioned response since its launch in May 2014. GBR is set up, in its 15-minute installments only punctuated by water sound effects when ‘streaming’, to broadcast forever, and there are plans to extend it into dedicated physical objects – such as beautiful single-purpose ‘radio sets’ that broadcast nothing but Global Breakfast Radio.
Seb Emina is a British writer and editor based in Paris. His first book, The Breakfast Bible, was published by Bloomsbury in 2013, and since 2014 he's been editor-in-chief of award-winning quarterly literary magazine, The Happy Reader.
Seb Emina, co-creator and Daniel Jones, co-creator
United Kingdom (London)