Since 1929, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir has been performing a weekly broadcast, Music and the Spoken Word, which has become the longest-running continuing broadcast in the world. Week after week, the Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square fill the airwaves with glorious music—for 27 minutes and 56 seconds to be exact.
The timing is extremely important to fit the standard broadcast television half-hour show length. Because of the exact timing, songs are carefully selected to fit not only the length, but specific themes as well. Because the spoken word messages vary slightly in length each time they are read out loud, and song lengths can change based on slight variations in the tempo, the broadcast needs to have precautions in place in order to fill time.View Full Story