For decades now the radio station I listen to has been Radio New Zealand National. It’s a public service, non-commercial station that plays magazine-style programmes.
Actually, I seldom listen to any radio these days — I hear odd snippets when I’m in the shower or driving somewhere, and I download some items as podcasts.
But I do use Twitter and now follow two users, one of whom tweets for real.
It may seem odd and stupid to follow a time clock, but I like the way Radio NZ Pips punctuates the Twitter stream.
My screenshot shows me catching up on my Kiwis list in the early morning. Only the Pips had anything to say overnight: one set of beeps every hour.
Recently the Pips have been joined by The Birds of RNZ.
The tweet announces the bird of the day as it’s known both in Te Reo Māori and in English, and it gives a link. The link takes you to a web page where you can play the birdcall and hear its name spoken — the clip is about 30 seconds long.
Note: the RadioNZ website has a warning about how you may use the birdcalls:
The bird calls are available for download but are covered by strict copyright conditions. These conditions limit access to personal use only. It is a breach of these conditions for bird calls downloaded from this site to be distributed, broadcast publicly, or altered in any way.
I assume that extends to the files linked to from Twitter.
Pips on the hour may not be your thing, but you may enjoy The Birds of RNZ.