Fessenden: World's first broadcaster?

Dec 24, 2006 5:01 am
Twas the night before Christmas, and Radio World is debunking the Dec. 24, 1906 "Brant Rock Broadcast." "You may have read that 2006 marks the 100th anniversary of the first broadcast of speech and music," James O'Neal writes about the claim that Professor Reginald Aubrey Fessenden, "assembled a primitive AM radiotelephone transmitter and placed it on the air in the evening hours of Dec. 24 at his experimental communications station at Brant Rock, Mass. He transmitted music and speech on that occasion. Thus - the story went - he was the first ever to 'broadcast.'" O'Neal's lengthy story slowly erodes the contention one small fact at a time.