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SINGING A NEW SONG: Tivoli Audio founder and CEO Tom DeVesto recently discovered that the very first radio broadcast of voice and music took place exactly 100 years ago. He's marking the occasion with a special edition of Tivoli's terrific SoundBook, my absolute favorite travel radio/portable loudspeaker system. While most people credit Guglielmo Marconi with dreaming up radio, his notion of generating electrical sparks to send Morse Code through the air was really something else. This dot-and-dash system could not send voice and music over the airwaves. The true "father of radio" honors should go, believe DeVesto and others (like New England Museum of Wireless and Steam founder Robert Merriam) to a relatively unknown inventor named Reginald Aubrey Fessenden, the first person to broadcast continuous wave signals. Fessenden lived in the shadow of mentor Thomas Edison, who told Reggie that he had "as much of a chance of transmitting speech over the air as jumping over the moon." But Fessenden proved the master wrong on Dec. 24, 1906, transmitting Christmas greetings, readings from the Bible and singing tunes from Brant Rock, Mass., to wireless operators on Navy, United Fruit Co. and fishing ships in the Atlantic Ocean. Tivoli's limited-edition commemorative radio comes in a bronze-toned case with dark- green-button accents and a "100 Years of Broadcast 1906-2006" insignia. Otherwise, it's the same super SongBook the company sells in a bunch of other colors. Small enough to stow (dimensions are about 7-by-6-by-2 inches) and weighing just 34 ounces, including batteries, this little wonder puts out terrific sound through its 2.5-inch speaker from on-board FM and AM radio tuners or a connected, switchable audio source like a CD or MP3 player. Alarm-clock functionality, a built-in battery charger and AC adaptor also are included for the $159.95 asking price. Many retailers carry SongBooks, but if you want the special edition, best to contact Tivoli Audio at 877-297-9479 Source: