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To Commemorate 100 Years of Broadcasting: Tivoli Audio Introduces its SongBook Radio in Bronze

GREAT SOUNDING MUSIC ‘TO GO’ ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD Boston, MA -- One hundred years ago this year, the world received its first broadcast of voice and music giving birth to the age of wireless radio as a form of entertainment and news. As an internationally- acclaimed radio company, Tivoli Audio finds it fitting to pay tribute to a relatively unknown inventor by the name of Reginald Aubrey Fessenden as the “Father of Broadcasting,” who produced the world’s first transmission of voice and music on December 24, 1906, with its newly introduced 100-year commemorative SongBook clock radio in bronze.

The SongBook is a global travel clock radio that is engineered to offer exceptional sound in any country in the world. The SongBook is Tivoli Audio’s first-ever digital radio that incorporates a highly sensitive digital AM/FM tuner for clear and precise reception, as well as an adjustable, telescoping FM antenna and built-in AM antenna. Stations may be tuned manually or via five favorite AM or FM station preset buttons; and for travelers who may not know what local stations are available, the radio also features a “seek” function to automatically search for signals in any country around the world. “As a 100-year commemorative product, we wanted to offer a global travel clock radio to signify the birth of radio as a format for news and entertainment, just as it was first introduced by Reginald Fessenden on December 24, 1906,” says Tom DeVesto, Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Tivoli Audio. “The SongBook makes a great travel companion with the same rich sound that consumers and reviewers have come to expect from Tivoli Audio products, but with the 100-year commemorative logo and color for greater appeal to collectors.” Tivoli Audio will be celebrating with its dealers in 40 countries around the world, the wireless radio broadcast revolution that began 100 years ago on December 24, 1906 at 9 PM East Coast time, with Reginald Fessenden’s first wireless public radio broadcast of voices and music transmitted live from Brant Rock, Massachusetts, to wireless operators of several US Navy, United Fruit Company and fishing ships in the Atlantic Ocean. What occurred on that historic date was Fessenden’s broadcast of his rendition of “Oh Holy Night” on the violin, a recording of Handel’s “Largo” played on the Ediphone, and readings from the Bible, before wishing everyone a Merry Christmas. He repeated his gift of broadcast radio again on December 31, 1906, as a New Year’s Eve performance – presenting wireless radio transmission as a form of entertainment – not just the dots and dashes sent as Morse code messages from point to point that marked the radio reception of that time, but to a multitude of recipients simultaneously. His first broadcast was successfully received by dozens of ships in the Atlantic Ocean as seamen reported back to him on the broadcast transmission, confirming the invention of radio as it is known today. The SongBook features an “on demand” blue backlit LCD display that shows the station tuning as well as the digital clock, whose functions include alarm and 20-minute sleep timer. Auxiliary input and stereo headphone output are positioned on the side, complete with rubber covers to protect them from the elements, dust and dirt when not in use. The clock radio operates using six standard AA alkaline batteries or NiMH/NiCad rechargeable batteries with the unit’s built-in charger; or listeners can use the included AC adapter or 12V power source. It is sized to be suitcase/briefcase-friendly, measuring just 6-1/8” H x 7-5/16” W x 2-1/16” D, and also has a rear keyhole cut-out for optional wall mounting. The SongBook is housed in a sealed rubber-coated cabinet with rust-proof hardware for weather resistance. In addition to the commemorative bronze color and 100 year logo, the SongBook is also available in light green, pink, black, white, red, blue, yellow, green, and silver. Its suggested retail price is $159.95, and it will be sold nationwide at distinctive retailers, or direct by calling toll-free to 877-297-9479 or logging on to www.tivoliaudio.com.