With its first broadcast on July 15, 1929, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir began a tradition unequalled in broadcasting. Over eighty years and 4,200 weekly broadcasts later, Music & the Spoken Word is the longestrunning uninterrupted network broadcast in the world. Its audience continues to grow as more people tune to its half hour of uplifting music and inspiring prose. Over 3.5 billion world-wide television viewers enjoyed the Choir during the Opening Ceremony of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games.