Welcome. This project is to acknowledge & celebrate the UK's first regular radio broadcast service, wireless station '2MT'.

 

In 1922 from 'a long low hut full of long low people' - a small group of young Marconi employees entertained radio amateurs & listeners across the UK & beyond with regular experimental broadcasts every Tuesday evening. The broadcasts originated from Writtle on the outskirts of Chelmsford, Essex, & the enthusiastic team led by Captain Peter Eckersley assembled their transmitter together with a gramophone player, microphone, & on occasions a piano from the local public house, to entertain listeners.

 

Whilst transmissions lasted for just a year, their impact was immense. Many of those involved moved on to make major contributions to the works of Marconi & the BBC.

 

Our aim is to celebrate this short time in history, when a small wooden hut in a field in Writtle, occupied by a small group of fascinating individuals, became the home of the UK's first regular radio broadcasts.  

 

We will not try to recreate station 2MT - how could we ? We live in a very different age. What we would like to recreate is - the spirit and adventure of 2MT, to be 'born in laughter and nurtured in laughter'.  

 

Now that could be fun...!

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Footnote :   Why 'Emma Toc' ...?  

 

The wireless station was required to read out their allocated callsign '2MT' at regular intervals, & in 1922 the British Army phonetic alphabet of the time was used. 'M' was 'Emma' & 'T' was 'Toc', so '2MT' became 'Two Emma Toc'. The amusing & flippant manner in which Captain Peter Eckersley read out the phonetic version of '2MT' resulted in the station being affectionately known as 'Two Emma Toc' !

 

Have a listen here -

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Final Footnote...

 

One further thought - this story is an important part of radio history & makes Chelmsford not only the 'Birthplace of Radio' but also the 'Birthplace of (British) Broadcasting'. Well worthy of celebration...

2MT in action John Kirke holds the micro

'Radio Emma Toc', 'www.emmatoc.co.uk' & 'www.emmatoc.com' are produced by James D. Salmon.        © 2016-2022  J.D.Salmon.