Fessenden Committee to Commemorate First Broadcast With Weekend of Events

Fessenden Committee to Commemorate First Broadcast With Weekend of Events
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A group of radio history enthusiasts is sponsoring several events in celebration of the 100th anniversary of electrical engineer Reginald A. Fessenden's broadcast from a 420-foot tower located in Brant Rock, Mass., in 1906.
The events take place the weekend of Aug. 4-6 at The Village of Brant Rock in Marshfield, Mass.
The Fessenden Centennial Committee's celebration kicks off on Aug. 4 at the Issac Winslow House with demonstrations by ham radio operators, tours of the blacksmith's shop and a free concert in the evening.
Other weekend events include a live remote from WATD(FM) from The Daniel Webster Estate and Heritage Center, featuring radio pioneers sharing memories of their time on-air as radio personalities; and a gala cocktail party and dinner at the mansion that is scheduled to feature a silent auction, live music and dancing, as well as the presentation of the first Reginald Fessenden Award in Broadcasting. An antique car display rounds out the weekend's highlights.
Mose events are free and underwritten by several organizations including the committee's sponsor, Tivoli Audio. Admission fees are charged for a gala dinner on Saturday evening and a Chowdafest on Sunday.


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Fessenden: World's First Broadcaster?

That's what the history books have proclaimed for decades. It is what I'd like to report as we near the 100th anniversary of that event, so dear to those of us in broadcasting. Oh, if were it that simple.