That actually would work - except the system would be rather inefficient, and in some places the RF voltage would be so high you would draw arcs randomly.
He was a brilliant man, who had NO people skills, and became the architypical "mad scientist" - later in his life he would have a birthday press conference and say things like "...They said it wouldn't work... but I'll show them! My death ray will transform the world!!!" all wild eyed.
Transformed our world (Radio, Radio control, AC power, etc.) but died penniless and alone. Sad. If only he had become a photographer!
Yes, very sad. His patented earthquake machine was never made to work by anyone but him, but he said that it brought down a building and caused an earthquake in Denver(?). They recently tried to duplicate some of this work on Mythbusters on the DISC channel.
They drew some rather nasty cartoons of him in his later life.