This was the only portion of this article that was preserved. The fight that was broadcast would be Jack Dempsey’s last successful defense of his Heavyweight Champion boxing title. 85,000 people were watching the fight live, and it was broadcast via radio as far away as Argentina. Dempsey defeated Firpo in a 2nd round KO.
September 14, 1923 – Newspaper unknown
One Installs Latest in Radio to Bring in Sporting Events – Andrew Club Has Annual Dinner – Fall Rush Gets Under Way.
By David G. Casem.
An experiment of connecting a highly developed amplifying public address system to a powerful, multiple-tube radio set in a restaurant, was conducted last night in the Monte Carlo, Broadway and Fifty-first street, during the Dempsey-Firpo battle. Every patron in the crowded establishment was “sold on the proposition,” as salesmen say. And it was not without reason. Many of them, having sets of their own, were amazed by the perfection attained by the Western Electric’s engineers in the development of its amplifying system, which is being installed in hundreds of the country’s largest hotels to aid speakers in reaching their audiences.
Hooked to the radio set last night the system brought the fight to the restaurant floor in all its realism. J. Andrew White’s voice, it was demonstrated while he was describing the preliminaries, could be so amplified as to be thunderous in its volume.
Pierson A. Anderson, commercial radio engineer of the Western Electric Company, installed the Monte Carlo’s equipment and supervised its operation during the battle. Later he showed the efficacy of the amplifying system by tuning in far Western orchestras, to the music of which the patrons had the novelty of dancing on the large floor.
The instruments are to be used during all sporting events of importance in the future, says Walter Gallagher, floor manager of the Monte Carlo, who was responsible for the innovation …. Frank McGuire, formerly with the Hotel Commodore and a number of well-known Broadway restaurants, has joined the Monte Carlo staff as an assistant to Walter Gallagher.
As depicted in this cartoon (date and newspaper unknown), Jack Dempsey was obviously a frequent patron of Billy Gallagher’s establishments. The club pictured is the “underground” cabaret on 7th Avenue between 47th and 48th; not to be confused with the Monte Carlo on Broadway.
… apparently they weren’t kidding:
Here’s another publicity photo taken during a dinner for newspapermen by Dempsey at the Monte Carlo:
This isn’t the last we see of Jack Dempsey …