Damon Albarn has marked 90 years of BBC broadcasting with a special composition.
‘2LO Calling’, a “snapshot of the airwaves”, which you can hear below, featured iconic sounds from radio over the past 90 years. The broadcast, which was aired simultaneously on every BBC radio station in the UK and worldwide at 5.33 pm yesterday (November 14), was the first scheduled simultaneous broadcast since 1922, when the BBC was established.
It began with the chimes of Big Ben and featured the first ever broadcast from the 2LO transmitter and the Number One song at the time – ‘Three O’Clock in the Morning’. The three-minute piece also featured messages from listeners around the world along with the sound of the blackbird and skylark, commentary from the Cameroon election and the ubiquitous BBC pips.