Let Distant Lands Converse

On Christmas Eve 1906, Reginald Aubrey Fessenden transmitted the first planned radio programme.

Sean Street investigates the story of the broadcast from Brant Rock, Massachusetts, which consisted of a speech, a gramophone record and a live violin solo.

He reveals the impact this had on listeners, some of whom thought the human voice they heard was a ghost, and the cultural significance of this major technological advance.

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On Christmas Eve 1906, Reginald Aubrey Fessenden transmitted the first planned radio programme.

Sean Street investigates the story of the broadcast from Brant Rock, Massachusetts, which consisted of a speech, a gramophone record and a live violin solo.

He reveals the impact this had on listeners, some of whom thought the human voice they heard was a ghost, and the cultural significance of this major technological advance.