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Posted: Monday, July 20, 2009 12:10 pm | Updated: 12:49 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

SALT LAKE CITY  — The renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir has marked a broadcasting milestone — 80 straight years of music and religious messages on radio and television.

The Emmy Award-winning choir's landmark broadcast of its weekly program, "Music and the Spoken Word," was Sunday.

The program is the longest-running, continuous broadcast in America. It is carried by more than 2,000 radio and television stations and cable systems.

A ceremony with remarks from Thomas S. Monson, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was held to mark the occasion.

The program was first broadcast by radio from the Salt Lake City Tabernacle on July 15, 1929.

The 360-member choir was formed in 1847 as Latter-day Saints trekked across the plains to settle Utah.

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