Detroit News Orchestra
The Detroit News Orchestra was the world's first radio orchestra, first broadcasting in 1922. It was composed of already-distinguished members of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, broadcasting from radio station WWJ in Detroit, Michigan. The orchestra's broadcasts could be received across most of North America and as far away as Hawaii.
The 16 members of the Detroit News Orchestra were drawn from the city's Detroit Symphony Orchestra, having previously achieved distinction as accomplished soloists. The orchestra broadcast on radio station WWJ, first debuting on May 28, 1922. The broadcasts were sponsored by The Detroit Bank and could be received across half of North America. The Detroit News Orchestra was the first symphonic ensemble in the world organized specifically to play on radio.
The Orchestra, sometimes referred to as the "little symphony," played at the WWJ Detroit News radio studio from Monday through Friday at 7:00 P.M., as well as at 2:00 P.M. on Sundays. On occasion they also performed recitals for churches, schools, and other non-profit organization as a public relations outreach to their listeners.
Listeners in Hawaii
On November 23, 1922, at thirty minutes past midnight, the Detroit News Orchestra played the waltz "Three O'Clock in the Morning" in studio in the Detroit News building. The transmission was received clearly at 6:30 P.M. local time in the Hawaiian Islands by A. F. Costa, the postmaster at Wailuku, Hawaii. Several people listened to the program in its entirety at the Wailuku post office, over 4,400 miles (7,100 km) from Detroit. The notes of the music transmitted from the Detroit News radio station in Michigan took about one fiftieth of a second to arrive in Hawaii.
- Otto E Krueger – conductor
- Maurice Warner – violinist
- Herman Goldstein – violinist
- LeRoy Hancock – violinist
- Armand Hebert – violinist
- Valbert P. Coffey – pianist
- Frederick Broeder – cellist
- Eugene W Braunsdorf – bass soloist
- Thomas J Byrne – oboe soloist
- R. M. Arey – clarinetist
- Vincenzo Pezzi – bassoonist
- Albert Stagliamo – horn player
- Edward Clarke – trumpeter
- Floyd O Hara – trumpeter
- Max Smith – trombonist
- Arthur Cooper – xylophone player
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