Monday, July 18, 2011

First Radio President

In 1922, President Harding was the first President to be broadcast on the radio. Harding’s words to a crowd dedicating a memorial to Francis Scott Key in Baltimore were carried on a local radio station. It would be Coolidge who actually gave the first radio address. In 1920, a radio station had reported Harding won, the first time live results were broadcast:
Harding was a technology buff. In 1923, the same year he died in office, Harding recorded a speech on a phonograph that could record and play back sound on wax discs. He was also the first president to have a radio installed in the White House.

Taft did something similar as well. The website gives the comparison that Jackson’s inaugural address was given to 10,000 people, of which only a few could hear him whereas 125,000 heard Harding’s address.

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