The station extolling Ossining, New York's charms was experimental station 2XX, operated by DeForest Company engineer Robert F. Gowen.
Hamilton (Ohio) Daily News, March 12, 1920, page 1:
Wireless Phone Talks Heard In City
Myles Brunning, one of Hamilton's amateur wireless telephone operators, last night resolved to make the best of a rainy night by tinkering with the complex apparatus he had been studying and experimenting with in the cellar of his home, for the last seven years.
It was about 10 o'clock when Myles had lighted another pipe, began to yawn and stretch. Outside, the rain was falling in torrents and the wind was howling like mad. He put the receiver to his ear as he had, done thousands of times before in an effort to detect some sound wave, but as usual there was none forthcoming.
"Rotten luck," he muttered. There must be something amiss with this blankety, blankety machine. Seven years and not a message. What's the use. Then--all of a sudden the tender strains of the Marseillaise came to his ears. It was being played by an orchestra, a phonograph record. He listened. The music was far from accord with the wild night. Where was this music coming from? He reflected.
At first it sounded as if coming from above stairs in his own home. But there was no phonograph in the house, he knew. Then he thought of next door. But he could remember no neighbor that boasted such a music box. He studied and listened, while inadvertently he hummed the tune of the French air, softly.
All of a sudden he grabbed up the wireless receiver. His face lit up. Here was the source of the sweet music. His apparatus was catching the music waves, perhaps from France, he thought wildly. He heard the piece through. Then came distinctly:
"Ladies and Gentlemen, Mr. Toastmaster: If you want to come to a real live town, come to Ossining." He heard the speech out, not as distinct as the music, but sufficiently to understand that some one was lauding Ossining to the skies as the ideal place for either home or business.
"Must he a Boosters' Club meeting at Ossining." Myles murmured. What Ossining? Then he reflected that Ossining, N. Y., for the last two months, a private concern had been conducting an experimental wireless telephone station. And, joy! he had picked up one of the messages being sent out. Myles is a happy boy this morning.
"Why did this message come to Hamilton instead of to Cincinnati or some other place?" the reporter stupidly inquired.
"That is simple," answered Myles. The sound waves cover a radius of "certain length and all places in the circle might catch the waves if they have the proper instrument or receiver."
One Step Audion Amplifier.
"What sort of apparatus is this you use?" he was asked. "Well, it is called a one-step audion amplifier," replied Myles.
"I understand," lied the reporter.
Mr. Brunning lives on the Mt. Pleasant pike, Lindenwald, and is employed at the Niles Tool Works. He has been experimenting with wireless apparatus for the last seven years, spending many such evenings as last in the basement of his home tinkering with the equipment; but last night was the first time he had ever picked up a message with the wireless telephone receiver. "With the wireless telegraph," "that is common," said Myles, "but not with the wireless telephone."
Brunning has his apparatus at 2812 Mt. Pleasant Pike, Lindenwood.