The unprecedented undertaking of broadcasting by radio phone a voice description of the Dempsey -Carpentier contest for the championship of the world, met with a success far beyond expectations.


     The description , broadcasted during the boxing match on the afternoon of July 2nd, was made audible in theatres, halls, auditoriums, and in homes, aboard ships to probably the largest audience in history.  The area covered was about 125,000 square miles  (200 miles radius)  and the reports received to date indicate more than 500,000 persons heard the voice as it was transmitted from the Hoboken station of the Radio Corporation of American.


     Preparations were begun early in April, when the National Amateur WIRELESS association (an adjunct of the Wireless Press) made a firm arrangement with Tex Ricard to take over exclusively the technical arrangements.  It may be of interest to note here that when the idea was broadly presented by the Ricard interests to various persons and firms of some prominence in radio, they were practically united on the opinion that the undertaking was an impracticable one.   We, on the other hand were certain of success from the start, in contradiction to the opinion expressed by Hiram Percy Maxim of the American Radio Relay League, who is on record in writing with the statement that the greatest possible range would be 100 miles, and the voice could be heard only in the headphones , and could not be made audible by loud speaking devices.  The league also turned the proposition down officially when it was presented to them by recommendation of Commander Patterson, Dr. Parker, Mr. Gawler and others.  The Westinghouse Co. also had an opportunity but replied with a business proposition on supplying receiving apparatus.  There were others, but the point is, we were the only ones willing to undertake operation of the whole scheme and put it through to a successful conclusion.


      Several months were occupied with preliminary organization of the details of the plan, which are clearly outlined in the circular attached ,(Exhibit   A) which was mailed to 7,500 amateurs on June 10th.  At that time, the conference was ended and the American Committee for Devastated France and the Navy Club, as participants in the box office receipts, had started representatives on the road in search for theatres and halls in which the radiophone returns could be received.