Admirers of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir will decide if Music and the Spoken Word is named to The National Radio Hall of Fame. The famed Choir broadcast, on the air since 1929, has been nominated as one of four contenders in the “National-Pioneer category” for 2010. A public vote will determine the winner.

Click here to listen to an audio montage of excerpts from Music and the Spoken Word through the years.

Online balloting began on Monday, June 14 and extends to midnight August 1. Here’s how you vote–and it’s free. Go to www.radiohof.org and click on “voting” on the left panel. A simple registration will allow you to cast your ballot for: Music and the Spoken Word. Votenet, a highly respected online vote tabulating firm, will supervise the balloting. The four areas to be honored include National Pioneer -the Choir’s category–National Active, Local or Regional-Active, Local or Regional-Pioneer. The inductions into the National Radio Hall of Fame are scheduled for a two hour broadcast on national radio originating in Chicago on November 6, 2010.

The National Radio Hall of Fame & Museum honors the giants who have made radio a 20th century centerpiece of American society. Of all the electronic media that have made their indelible mark, radio was one of the first and one of the most lasting. From radio’s earliest days, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir has been part of that great tradition.

The nomination of Music and the Spoken Word recognizes the “program of inspiration and music . . . the longest continuous running radio network broadcast in America.” It further identifies that “the Choir which first started broadcasting on July15, 1929, is made up of 360 volunteer members and is heard from coast to coast.”

Please cast your vote for the Music and the Spoken Word broadcast by clicking here. Click where it says “Vote Here Now.” Then fill in your name and e-mail address. You’ll be sent an e-mail with a username and password. Click on the link in the e-mail and use your username and password to sign in. Then vote for Music and the Spoken Word in the National-Pioneer Category. You can only vote once. (You can vote in the other categories if you choose.) Encourage friends and family to vote too!