Music and the Spoken Word is a weekly 30-minute radio and television program of inspiring messages and music produced by Bonneville Communications with music performed by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir (often accompanied by the Salt Lake Tabernacle organ and the Orchestra at Temple Square). The Mormon Tabernacle Choir is a 360 member all-volunteer Choir. The Salt Lake Tabernacle organ is a Pipe organ located in the Salt Lake Tabernacle in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Orchestra at Temple Square is a 110-member orchestra located in Salt Lake City UT.
The radio program is distributed by the CBS Radio Network and its broadcast center is KSL (AM) Radio, a Salt Lake City station owned by Bonneville International Corporation, which is in turn owned by the LDS Church. The CBS Radio Network provides news sports and other programming to more than 1000 radio stations throughout the United States KSL Newsradio is a Radio programming service based in Salt Lake City, Utah. Salt Lake City is the Capital and the most populous city of the U History Bonneville International was formed with approval of the LDS First Presidency in 1964. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the fourth largest Christian denomination in the United States and the largest and most well-known (KSL is a former CBS Radio affiliate; it switched to ABC Radio in 2005. This article is about the radio group for the radio network see CBS Radio Network. ABC Radio Networks, known as ABC Radio for short is an American Radio network. ) In addition, it is currently broadcast by over 2,000 television and radio stations worldwide. 
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir's first network radio program, Music and the Spoken Word was first transmitted on July 15, 1929. Events 1099 - First Crusade: Christian soldiers take the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem after the final Year 1929 ( MCMXXIX) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. The organ, choir, and announcer shared a single microphone which was attached to the ceiling of the tabernacle. The announcer stood on a ladder in order to speak into it. 
Since its first broadcast, the program has run continually for more than 75 years and has been broadcast over 4,000 times. The unbroken length of broadcasts makes Music and the Spoken Word the oldest continuous nationwide network broadcast in the world.
In 2004, the program was inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters Radio Hall of Fame, in conjunction with its 75th Anniversary on the air. National Association of Broadcasters (NAB is a trade association representing the interests of for-profit over-the-air radio and television broadcasters in the United States It is one of only two radio programs to be so inducted, the other being the Grand Ole Opry. The Grand Ole Opry is a weekly Country music radio program and concert broadcast live on WSM radio in Nashville, Tennessee 
Each broadcast revolves around a specific theme which is usually based on a religious and uplifting topic which have included family, hope, faith, Christmas, patriotism, joy, peace, kindness, etc. In the visual arts a theme is a broad idea or a message conveyed by work done in a visual experience such as a performance a painting or a motion picture , and are usually universal in application.
The choir performs both sacred and secular pieces that correspond with the chosen message. In addition to hymns and sacred anthems, the choir has performed broadway songs, such as Climb Ev'ry Mountain from The Sound of Music, patriotic songs, such as America the Beautiful, as well as a wide range of other selections. " Climb Ev'ry Mountain " is a Show tune from the 1959 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical The Sound of Music. The Sound of Music is a musical with music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, and a book by Howard Lindsay " America the Beautiful " is an American Patriotic song. The broadcast also regularly features an organ solo played by one of the tabernacle organists. In Music, a solo (from the Italian solo, meaning alone) is a piece or a section of a piece played or sung by a single performer
On some occasions, special guests will also perform with the choir during the broadcast. These guests have included Renee Fleming, Frederica Von Stade, Sissel, The King's Singers, Maureen McGovern and other well-known groups, musicians, and actors. WikipediaWikiProject Opera#Infoboxes --> Renée Fleming (born February 14 1959 is an accomplished American Soprano specializing Frederica von Stade ( June 1, 1945) is an American Mezzo-soprano. Sissel Kyrkjebø (born June 24, 1969 in Bergen, Norway) also known as just Sissel, is a Norwegian soprano The King's Singers are a celebrated and long-lived British A cappella vocal ensemble. Maureen Therese McGovern (born July 27, 1949) is an American Singer and Broadway actress, widely known for her premier
The Grammy Award-winning Mormon Tabernacle Choir is a 360-voice choir which was founded in Utah in 1847, one month after the Mormon Pioneers entered the Salt Lake Valley. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir is a 360 member all-volunteer Choir. The Grammy Awards (originally called the Gramophone Awards)—or Grammys —are presented annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
Called "America's Choir" by U. S. President Ronald Reagan, all members of the choir are volunteers and are not remunerated for their time or talents. The choir is led by director Mack Wilberg. Mack Wilberg (born 1955) is Music Director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
In addition to "Music and the Spoken Word", the Choir performs regularly throughout the year, including an annual Christmas Concert, Patriotic Concert, and various other concerts as well providing music for the LDS General Conference. In the Latter Day Saint movement, a general conference is a meeting for all members of the church for conducting general church business and instruction The choir has also been on national and international tours. 
The Orchestra at Temple Square was created in 1999 in order to increase the aesthetic and musical quality of performances. The Orchestra at Temple Square is a 110-member orchestra located in Salt Lake City UT. The Orchestra frequently provides accompaniment for the weekly radio and TV broadcasts.
The Orchestra also undertakes its own concert season performing from standard orchestral literature, which has included Mahler's Symphony No. 4, the Firebird Suite by Stravinsky, and Symphony No. 9 (from The New World) by Dvorak.
Like the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, the 110-member Orchestra is made up of volunteers, some of which are also professional musicians.
The organ in the Tabernacle is a very visible and notable part of the Tabernacle. The Salt Lake Tabernacle organ is a Pipe organ located in the Salt Lake Tabernacle in Salt Lake City, Utah. The original organ was made by Joseph H. Ridges and contained 700 pipes. However, the number of pipes now counts 11,623, making the Tabernacle organ one of the world's largest pipe organs. The Salt Lake Tabernacle organ is a Pipe organ located in the Salt Lake Tabernacle in Salt Lake City, Utah. The current organ is largely the work of G. Donald Harrison of the former Aeolian-Skinner organ firm. Æolian-Skinner Organ Company Inc — Æolian-Skinner of Boston Massachusetts was an important American builder of a large number of notable pipe organs from its inception as the Skinner It was completed in the late 1940s. The organ has undergone a few minor modifications since that time. 
Presently, the Tabernacle organ is played regularly by five main organists when accompanying the choir. Clay Christiansen, Richard Elliott, and Andrew Unsworth are classified as Tabernacle Organists, while Bonnie Goodliffe and Linda Margetts are classified as Temple Square Organists.
The broadcast opens with the words, spoken by the announcer: "From the crossroads of the West, we welcome you to a program of inspirational music and spoken word. " The announcer then introduces the songs by reciting short scripture quotes and literature before each song, with a longer spoken message near the end of the program. Music and the Spoken Word closes with the words: "Again we leave you from within the shadow of the everlasting hills. May peace be with you, this day and always," followed by the choir singing the traditional LDS hymn God Be With You Till We Meet Again.
Since its inception in 1929, the "spoken word" segment of the program has been voiced by three separate individuals. The original writer, producer, and announcer of the "Spoken Word" portion of the broadcast was Richard L. Evans, who continued in that capacity until his death in 1971. Richard Louis Evans (b March 23 1906, Salt Lake City Utah &ndash November 1 1971) was a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Year 1971 ( MCMLXXI) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar of the 1971 Gregorian calendar. J. Spencer Kinard took over as announcer in 1972 until he stepped down in 1990. J Spencer "Spence" Kinard was a reporter for KSL television when he was invited to replace the late Richard L Lloyd D. Newell has been the announcer since then. Lloyd D Newell is the voice of the oldest continuous nationwide network radio broadcast in America Music and the Spoken Word.
The program is broadcast from the Salt Lake Tabernacle, more commonly called the Mormon Tabernacle. The Salt Lake Tabernacle, also known as the Mormon Tabernacle, is located in Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah along with the Salt Lake The Salt Lake Tabernacle, also known as the Mormon Tabernacle, is located in Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah along with the Salt Lake The dome-shaped building was built between 1864 and 1867 on the west center-line axis of the Salt Lake Temple and is located inside Historic Temple Square. Temple Square is a ten acre (40000 m² complex located in Salt Lake City, Utah, owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormon The overall seating capacity of the building is 8,000, which includes the choir area and gallery (balcony). The central feature of the tabernacle is the large pipe organ.