Oldest religious broadcast?
Sat Mar 28 18:05:17 EDT 2009
At 04:24 PM 3/28/2009, Doug Drown wrote:
>This one's especially for Donna. I came across a reference today to
>the weekly Sunday morning radio broadcast of Park Street Church
>(WEZE, 11 A.M.). It said that the church's services have been
>broadcast on a regular basis since 1923.
That may be true, although church services in Boston were broadcast
regularly from St. Paul's Cathedral starting in mid-1922, when what
became WNAC went on the air at the Shepard Stores in downtown
Boston. Tremont Temple Baptist Church put their own station on the
air-- WSSH (Strangers' Sabbath Home) circa 1924. Little 1XE/WGI ran
church services beginning in 1921, with the church changing every
week-- usually churches from Somerville and Medford, but also at
times from churches in Quincy and even Waltham and Reading. And
while 99% of the times, it was Protestant churches, Catholic priests
and at least one rabbi did give inspirational talks.
And yes, in early 1923, Park Street Church was absolutely
broadcasting its services, although I don't think they were
broadcast every week. WNAC had an agreement with St. Paul's, WBZ was
still out in Springfield, and WGI rotated the services they did. But
we know they were on sometimes because their pastor back then, Rev.
Conrad, told the newspapers he got a great response from radio
listeners whenever he asked for donations!
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