NB: Berlin Radio Station To Broadcast In Latin

A Berlin radio station plans to broadcast its morning program entirely in Latin to mark the European day of languages. On Sept. 26, news, traffic, weather and cheerful banter will be delivered in the tongue of ancient Rome.

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SIMON: Reuters reports that next Friday, the Kiss FM morning show in Berlin will broadcast in Latin. The radio program will mark the European Day of Languages by delivering news, traffic, weather, cheerful banter, and old shtick in the tongue of Ancient Rome. Spokesman Michael Weiland said the idea is to raise awareness of the tragedy of dead languages. He said, we are particularly looking forward to a member of the staff who has written a Latin rap song. Inner septum dias finio editio, or something like that.

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