Was the Titanic the world's first breaking news event? Author William Hazelgrove thinks so

One hundred nine years, many books, and a two billion dollar movie later, historians continue to find new facts about the sinking of the RMS Titanic.

In this podcast, WBBM's resident Titanic geek Rob Hart talks to William Hazelgrove, the author of a new book who claims that the sinking of the Titanic was the first breaking news event that people could follow in real time. Hundreds of wireless radio nerds were able to listen in on the Titanic's distress calls. She had a 5kw transmitter and teenage radio enthusiasts were able to pick up the signals as far west as Pittsburgh.  It was the story that made the New York Times. The editor guessed that she sank based on the fact that her radio had gone silent and they had the scoop of the century (up to that point).

Listen to the full podcast above for the full story.