Thomas Edison Thanks America For Their Birthday Well Wishes—02/11/1929

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On February 11th, 1929, the very first broadcast of The Edison Hour took to the airwaves over NBC's Blue Network from their WJZ New York City studios. With Edison's company manufacturing radios, it was thought to be a good idea to help promote their product by bringing concert music to the air. This special first broadcast was in honor of Thomas Edison himself, who was celebrating his 82nd birthday. Edison (seen here that very day with President-Elect Herbert Hoover, Henry Ford, and Harvey Firestone) was in Fort Myers, Florida working on new rubber experiments. During the broadcast, a feed was relayed to Florida where Edison addressed the American listening audience live on-the-air. This is what he said. (Special thanks to Mr. Jerry Haendiges for supplying the full audio of the episode in fantastic quality).

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