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Church News: A look at the 90 year impact of 'Music and the Spoken Word' — the longest running continuous radio program

Conductor Mack Wilberg works with the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square in Salt Lake City on Sunday, July 14, 2019, during a rehearsal for the 90th anniversary of "Music and the Spoken Word." The broadcast originally began in 1929, making "Music and the S
Conductor Mack Wilberg works with the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square in Salt Lake City on Sunday, July 14, 2019, during a rehearsal for the 90th anniversary of "Music and the Spoken Word." The broadcast originally began in 1929, making "Music and the Spoken Word" the longest running continuously broadcast network program in the United States.
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

From a single man climbing a ladder and holding a microphone in the air, to a team of digital production and sound engineers and cameramen backed by radio and television broadcast teams, the means by which the hundreds of voices of the Tabernacle Choir are captured and sent out across the media airwaves around the world each week have changed drastically in the 90 years since the choir's first live radio broadcast of "Music and the Spoken Word."

What hasn't changed in all that time is the message and purpose behind the broadcast.

"The technology (is different) and the audience is much broader and wider now" said Lloyd Newell, the announcer for the weekly program. "But the broadcast is essentially the same. … It's beautiful music with an inspirational message. And the music and the messages are timeless.

Read the full Church News article here.