Radio Everyone aims for global audience

Staff Writer

A seven day pop-up radio station is aiming to change the world and communicate their message to seven billion people.

Broadcast partners in over 60 countries, including locally the ABC and the CBAA, are supporting the venture, producing and hosting content on their platforms across the week from September 26.

An original sound-track and composition from Peter Gabriel will feature along with shows presented by Bono and CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, A. R. Rahman, UNHCR supporters Cate Blanchett and Andrew Upton, D’Banj, Gilberto Gil, Haile Gebrselassie, Jamie Oliver, Kasabian and Liverpool FC.

There will also be a six-hour Global Citizen Festival in New York, headlined by Coldplay, Ed Sheeran, Beyoncé and Pearl Jam. The broadcast  shared with broadcast partners in over 60 countries.

Radio Everyone aims to bring together stations of all sizes across the world including broadcasters in the UK, USA, India, Indonesia, Italy, Kenya, DRC, Somalia, Afghanistan and Australia.

Speaking on Radio Everyone, Richard Curtis said: “We have gathered an amazing range of extraordinary radio content about the Global Goals and plan to pulse it across the world to everybody on the planet that listens to radio. By getting the Goals into people’s hearts and minds – and ears! – we can inspire the next generation of global citizens to be the first generation that ends extreme poverty, the most determined to tackle inequalities, and the last to live with the effects of climate change.”

Radio Everyone highlights include:

  • The Global Citizen Festival: highlights from the six-hour Global Citizen Festival in New York, headlined by Coldplay, Ed Sheeran, Beyoncé and Pearl Jam will be shared with broadcast partners in over 60 countries.
  • Peter Gabriel: the sound of the station has been composed and performed by Peter Gabriel, accompanied by the Soweto Gospel Choir, and remixed by Benji B.
  • Samantha Cristoforetti: fresh from her spell on the International Space Station, the Italian astronaut will present a show, reflecting on what it’s really like to look down on the ‘little blue dot’ that is our planet, whilst sharing a series of musical firsts in space.
  • Bono and Christiane Amanpour: will co-host a programme reflecting on their first hand experience of seeing development in action around the globe, through their respective work with ONE and CNN.
  • Shows hosted by international public figures including: Jamie Oliver (UK), Paloma Faith (UK), Tom Meighan from Kasabian (UK); UNHCR supporters Cate Blanchett and Andrew Upton, Cody Simpson (Australia); D’Banj and Ice Prince (Nigeria); G.E.M. (Hong Kong); Haile Gebrselassie (Ethiopia); Criolo, Gilberto Gil and Lenine(Brazil); Liverpool FC players including Kolo Touré (Ivory Coast); A. R. Rahman and Hrithik Roshan (India); UNDP Goodwill Ambassador Michelle Yeoh (Malaysia).
  • ‘Global Superheroes’ documentary series: Radio Everyone has commissioned a series of seven documentaries, giving a voice to inspirational young people achieving extraordinary things around the globe – ‘Global Superheroes’. They will cover the areas of peace, equality, health, poverty, the planet, water and education and will be narrated by globally renowned voices, including Michelle Yeoh.

Partner broadcasters have also produced content for the stream: BBC Music have produced a show around musical firsts, presented by Matt Everitt and featuring contributions from Noel Gallagher, Ringo Starr and Dave Grohl. WNYC and PRI have produced a special edition of “The Takeaway” hosted by John Hockenberry, looking at the UN’s Global Goals. Featuring contributions from David Miliband, John McArthur and Catherine Woteki, chief scientist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Major broadcasters supporting the project include BBC Music, Bauer Media in the UK, WNYC & Public Radio International in the US, CBC in Canada, ABC in Australia, 97.2 Big FM in India and Deutsche Welle globally. Radio Everyone is also working on having a significant presence in a wide range of countries including Somalia, Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Myanmar.

Radio Everyone will be available to listen to from the 26th September here.

The shows will also be available on digital platforms and can be streamed and listened to on Mixcloud. Additionally,versions of some programmes will be carried by Spotify and Slacker Radio.

Radio stations that would like to participate should go to here and follow the links for broadcasters.

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