Oldest religious broadcast?

Donna Halper dlh@donnahalper.com
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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