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The first radio broadcast in Scotland took place - On this day in history

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The first radio broadcast to be transmitted to the Scottish public was made from 202 Bath Street, Glasgow, on 6 March 1923. A large cast of musicians, singers, actors and speech makers had gathered in the attic of the Bath Street premises for the broadcast, which was opened by Lord Reith of Stonehaven.

Within a year of the broadcast, radio stations had been established in Edinburgh and Aberdeen, and by the outbreak of World War Two in 1939, ninety percent of the country was served by radio transmitters.

1923 was also the year of the first Scottish broadcast in Gaelic, when a fifteen-minute address was made by Reverend John Bain on 2 December 1923, recorded in the United Free Church in Aberdeen.

 

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