Brant Rock Milestone

IEEE Milestone dedication

Details of dedication: The dedication and installation of the IEEE milestone plaque for First Wireless Radio Broadcast took place on September 13, 2008. This milestone was well received by the general public, town officials, and IEEE members. The Milestone Organizing Committee planned a full day of activities to commemorate this technological marvel.

Plaque title: First Wireless Radio Broadcast by Reginald A. Fessenden,  1906

Plaque citation: On 24 December 1906, the first radio broadcast for entertainment and music was transmitted from Brant Rock, Massachusetts to the general public. This pioneering broadcast was achieved after years of development work by Reginald Aubrey Fessenden (1866-1932) who built a complete system of wireless transmission and reception using amplitude modulation (AM) of continuous electromagnetic waves. This technology was a revolutionary departure from transmission of dots and dashes widespread at the time.

Program Schedule

Event Pictures

Pictures at Brant Rock

Historical paper: Reginald Aubrey Fessenden and the Birth of Wireless Telephony


Other Information pertaining to the Brant Rock Milestone:

Reginald A. Fessenden Centennial Celebration and Awards Dinner

Fessenden Centric WEB site

Boston Daily Globe - Jun 26, 1910


Fessenden: World's First Broadcaster?

100th Anniversary of the First AM Broadcast



Event Sponsors

IEEE Communications Society     

IEEE Broadcast Technology Society      

IEEE Boston Section     

IEEE  WEI - Women in Engineering    

IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society

Society of Wireless Pioneers, Inc.    

Chatham Marconi Maritime Center, Inc.