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Age: 15
Country: Cyprus

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October 02, 2022


01/08/2023 03:15 PM 

The Voice of Energy

I have been rather nervous for the past few days, so I figured it would be nice to talk about one of my biggest interests: the radio ("The Voice of Energy" is the title of a Kraftwerk piece from their album "Radio-Activity", on which half of the songs are about radioactivity and the other half are about the radio. "The Voice of Energy", as a phrase, is a perfect way to describe radio broadcasting so, as the song has no lyrics, I would assume that it is radio-related.)
I have been recently thinking a lot about the length of radio broadcasting, as I had found out that previously, many BBC Local Radio shows lasted for ninety minutes instead of one hour. I must say I have never heard a radio show longer than that, with the exception of drivetime shows (and that time two years ago when the second channel of CyBC radios (which broadcasts programmes in minority languages) played an entire compilation of Müzeyyen Senar songs back to back, which took them around two hours. I also once came across a broadcast of a person reading "War and Peace". I wonder how long they went on for!) However, thinking about this brings me to the longest uninterrupted broadcast that I know of, which is from 1982. 1982 is a century away from 1882, on the second of February of which Irish writer James Joyce was born. In order to celebrate Bloomsday (a celebration celebrating his life and work) in 1982, RTÉ Radio 1, the Irish national radio station, decided to broadcast a reading of his 732-page novel Ulysses in one big 30-hour broadcast, which was later released as 20 cassette tapes (oh dearie me) and 32 CDs (oh dearie me). The fact that it is re-broadcasted every year on RTÉ Radio 1 Extra every year since three years ago is greatly unnerving to me too.
I have never come across a broadcast any more singular than this and I think that, in modern times, much longer ones exist, but it is very nice to know that such an event happened combining two of my interests. I will try and listen to parts of it in June this year if I can and possibly hear more intriguing things on the airwaves of my own local radio stations (the most interesting I have heard was a broadcast of music played by the Athens Byzantine Orchestra and a radio station going off air. The one frequency that catches 88FM Kan (the music channel of the Israeli national broadcasting corporation) is also to mention -- and AM broadcasting here! I remember switching my radio onto AM and then getting horrified as I thought I had turned it off, went about my day and then randomly heard organ music and a voice speaking!) 


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