Favorite Christmas Carols: O Holy Night

What you’ll hear may be the first “talk radio” broadcast in the US. It took place on Christmas Eve, 1906! The ships of the US Navy were used to receiving a Morse code message, but instead, for the first time, heard a human voice on their receivers . . . that of scientist Reginald Fessenden, who studied under Thomas Edison.

After playing Handel’s "Largo" from his phonograph, he played “O Holy Night” on his violin, and ended by reading a passage from Luke 2, about the day in Bethlehem when Jesus was born.

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