in 1962, Alfred Levy had a problem. The broadcast from the radio
station next door to his factory was being picked up by his company's
telephone system. An exposed wire touching a metal girder was causing
his building to act as a transmitter, and in turn, broadcast music
to callers placed on hold. Instead of looking upon this as an annoyance,
Levy look upon it as a true entrepreneur would and patented Music
On Hold in 1966.
Alfred's idea has come a long way since wires rubbing against steel.
"Message On Hold" uses professional voice talent to digitally
record your marketing message. Today, "Message On Hold"
is comprised of a national network of dealers to serve you.
Represenatives from Message On Hold presented the original digital
message unit as well as today's more advanced, "state-of-the-art"
model, to the . In accepting the donation, Bernard Finn, curator
in the Department of Information and Society of the National Museum
of American History, noted, "These devices fit well with the
Museum's policy of collecting examples of technologies that have
had an impact on American life."
On Hold units being presented to the
DC, February 13, 1995