You are here

First Radio Broadcast on Christmas Eve

 

 

The world's first radio broadcast took place over a hundred years ago on

 Christmas Eve 1906.

 

The broadcast, a program of live music, readings and phonograph

 recordings, was transmitted to ships in the Atlantic Ocean by

 Reginald Fessenden – a prolific inventor largely forgotten by

 history.

 

In the early 1900s, people communicated by radio using Morse code.

 Fessenden, a Canadian rival of Marconi, decided to broadcast a voice

 message. His invention of AM radio was years ahead of its time.

 

On 24 December 1906, radio operators at sea were startled to hear a

 voice coming over their receivers. Before the word broadcast had

 even been invented, they heard a mix of speech with live and recorded

 music – including a rendition of 'silent night'. However,

 Fessenden's innovation failed to take off commercially and it wasn't

 until the 1920s that the massive potential of radio for entertainment

 was realised.

 

Fessenden originally planned to broadcast across the Atlantic to

 Scotland. With considerable effort, masts and equipment were built

 at the small hamlet of Brant Rock near Plymouth, Massachusetts and at

 Machrihanish on the west coast of Scotland. When, at the last

 minute, a storm destroyed the Scottish installation, he decided to

 broadcast to ships at sea instead.

 

SMRC's Mailing Address

Short Mountain Repeater Club
P.O. Box 330914
Murfreesboro, TN  37133

615-787-7672

Use our contact form

 

Repeater Trustee:

 W4WRB (Randy Bee)

Trustee email

Club Officers

2019 Officers 

President:  W4WRB (Randy Bee)

Vice President:  WA4IVD (Russell Bryant)

Secretary: KM4UIH (Jacob Slater)

Treasurer:  KM4UII (Dennis Slater)

 

Who's new

  • N4DJT
  • KN4QPR
  • KN4CCQ
  • KM4ZKE
  • WV4CHC

Who's online

There are currently 0 users online.

Recent Comments

Theme by Danetsoft and Danang Probo Sayekti inspired by Maksimer