2017 Memorial Day Sales, Home Depot Ads, Etc.

Memorial Day sales! They’re everywhere! The Memorial Day ads are already blaring from your radio speakers. Who will spend the most money and run the most commercials? The Home Depot seems a likely candidate. Home Depot was radio’s top advertiser during the week including Memorial Day 2016. If you thought you were hearing a lot of Home Depot Memorial Day Sale ads while at the cabin or the beach last year, it wasn’t your imagination. According to Media Monitors, and InsideRadio, The Home Depot ran 71,630 spots between May 30 and June 5!

Lowe’s is another strong radio advertiser of Memorial Day sales. They were in 5th place last year. Apparently, people like to get out and do their home improvements during the final weekend in May. Since Memorial Day weekend is also great time for people to work on their cars, O’Reilly Auto Parts and AutoZone also rank high on this list. One big Memorial Day advertiser of past years that you likely won’t hear much from in 2017 is hhgregg. That company is going out of business, closing all 220 stores. If you do hear any hhgregg ads, it will be for their liquidation sale, now in progress.

As we approach the holiday, what are YOU hearing for Memorial Day Sale ads? One thing for certain: with all these spots running on local stations, it’s a good sign that terrestrial radio is far from dead!

Radio Shack Archer Base CB Antennas in 1976

I purchased my first CB radio in August, 1976. Since I was only 12 and too young to drive a car, this meant I needed a base station antenna. Of course, the first place I looked was in my handy, dandy Radio Shack catalog. There were 4 options:

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Because I was on a tight budget, I chose the Archer 1/4 Wave Ground Plane. Catalog number 21-901. This was the favorite of poor kids like myself who were operating mobile rigs off of old car batteries because we couldn’t afford a power supply! Mounted 10′ off the roof on an eave mount and fed with 35′ of RG58/U coax, it was a decent performer. It was also easy to assemble. I put the 1/4 wave together by myself in about 15 minutes. No SWR adjustments were needed or possible without cutting the antenna. Just fasten the sections together with the enclosed sheet metal screws and you’re good to go. The Radio Shack 1/4 wave CB antenna was a great example of something that was simple, easy, and worked.

The Archer 1/2 Wave Ground Plane (catalog number 21-902) is the only one of these that I never owned. At a price of $24.95, it provided a theoretical gain of 3.75dB over the 1/4 wave. In the catalog listing, it claims to have a 5 section aluminum radiator. This is incorrect. The 1/2 wave had a four section radiator. It’s big brother 5/8 wave had the 5 section radiator. In later years, the static discharge arrestor “loops” on the top of this antenna were replaced with a “top hat”, similar to the 5/8 wave.

The Archer 5/8 Wave Ground Plane (catalog number 21-1133) was Radio Shack’s top of the line base station antenna for 1976. Retail price was $34.95. Frequent sales brought the price down to $24.95. I owned 2 of these at various times, both purchased used. With 4.00dB gain, it was a solid performer. However, the construction quality did not hold up well in Minnesota winters. These antennas were notorious for being damaged during wind and ice storms. The aluminum used was not very strong, so the sections were prone to bending and breaking. Another cost-cutting move was the use of sheet metal screws to attach the sections instead of the superior clamps used by Hy-Gain and other manufacturers. Over time, repeated flexing of the vertical radiator during storms would cause the screws to strip and fall out. Then, the affected section would slide down, rendering the antenna unusable until repairs could be made. But since the Archer 5/8 wave was priced about 25% below the similar Hy-Gain CLR2, Radio Shack sold quite a few of these antennas.

The Archer Crossbow III 3-Element Beam (catalog number 21-933) was a later arrival to my rooftop. Priced at $37.95, it was your basic 3 element beam. It was small and light enough to be turned by an inexpensive TV antenna rotator. 12 foot boom, 18 foot half wave elements, and 9dB forward gain. This antenna could be mounted either vertically or horizontally. The price was later raised to $39.95 before being discontinued a few years later. I was fortunate to grab one of these little beams on clearance in October, 1980. At the $24.95 clearance price, it was a steal! My parents happened to be on vacation for a week. A 3 element beam, rotor, 20′ of masting, 3′ tripod, and 4 guy wire anchors magically appeared on the garage roof while they were gone. The amazing thing is that my did didn’t even notice until several months later. I just told him it was a “radio project” that I worked on while they were out of town. Something to keep me out of trouble, of course. I knew with an explanation like that, he wouldn’t make me take it down. He didn’t 🙂

I also owned the Micronta Regulated 12-Volt Power Supply (catalog number 22-124) at various times. Priced at $25.95, this item NEVER went on sale! No need for Radio Shack to put this item on sale. Since it was priced below most comparable power supplies, they sold a ton of these. The Shack also sold an unregulated supply with lower output for $19.95. This was designed for use with car stereos. I remember some kids tried to save money by purchasing the cheaper supply for CB use. Not a good choice. The 1.75 amp output was too low to power a transmitter. Also, because it was not regulated, you’d get a nasty 60 cycle AC hum in the background as you talked. Live and learn, kids!

And no, I never purchased the 40′ telescoping mast. I wanted to! I actually know one guy who mounted a .64 wave on his roof using one of these! I knew better than to push my parents too far with the CB antenna stuff. Well, most of the time, anyway!

Remembering Columbia House Record & Tape Club

Okay, so this doesn’t directly involve radio. However, it is certainly a geeky, guilty childhood pleasure that many of us can relate to. Do you remember the joys of the Columbia House Record and Tape club?

When I was a kid, buying a new record was always cause for excitement. There was just something about the smell of new vinyl and dropping that needle for the first time. However, the ULTIMATE thrill was getting my introductory shipment from Columbia House. I’d tear the postage-paid card out of the magazine, fill out my name and address, put it in the mail, then wait…wait…wait…

When the magic day finally arrived, it was was like Christmas in July or April or October. I’d come home from school, walk in the front door, and Mom would say “You got mail today!” There it was: right there, on the kitchen table, in all it’s glory! That beautiful brown box which contained not just 1, not just 2, but ELEVEN brand new record albums!

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The most difficult part of the Columbia House experience was deciding which one to play first. Should I open them all at once and have a record-playing marathon? Or should I open one per day, giving me a new album every day for the next week and a half? (Since I’ve always been a saver at heart, I chose the latter.)

In a world filled with instant .mp3 downloads (legal and otherwise), kids will never know the sheer ecstasy of opening that package from 1400 North Fruitridge Avenue in Terre Haute, Indiana!

Sarah’s Transistor Radios Collection

UPDATE FEBRUARY, 2017

Apparently, Sarah’s Transistor Radios has been discontinued. Scroll down to the comments section for links to archived pages and ongoing discussion regarding this subject. Transistor.org was a fantastic resource. Hopefully, it will return soon.

I just stumbled across this EXCELLENT site yesterday and wanted to share it with my fellow Radio Geeks: Sarah’s Transistor Radios offers high resolution photos of over 1,000 transistor radios from the late 1950s to present day. Includes AM only and AM/FM versions. Battery only and AC/DC models. They’re all here! If you collected radios as a kid like I did, you’re sure to find some long-forgotten gems in Sarah’s collection.

WARNING: This site is VERY addictive! You will spend many hours admiring all the exhibits in this virtual radio museum! Here is a complete list of the manufacturers and specific models found on Sarah’s site:

Acme CH-610
Admiral 221
Admiral 691
Admiral YH371GP
Admiral PR-247
Admiral PR-270
Admiral Y2413GP
Admiral Y2063
Admiral YK381GP
Admiral Y2529GP
Admiral PR-11
Afco Sabre
Afco MTR-631
Afco 8 Transistor
AGS TR-62
Aimor 6 Transistor
Aircastle 16F1H
Air Chief 4-C-89
Air Chief 4C48
Airline GEN-1227
Airline GEN-1208
Airline 1131
Airline GEN-1187A
Airline 62-1258
Airline BR-1102A
Airline GTM-1109A
Airline GEN-1202
Airline GEN-1127A
Airline GEN-1213
Airline GEN-1119A
Airline GEN-1130A
Airline GEN-1475A
AITC M1108
AITC P2108
AITC 10 Transistor
ITC 14 Transistor
ITC 12 Transistor
Aiwa AR-853
Aiwa AR-115
Aiwa AR-665
Aiwa AR-123
Aladdin AL-603
Alaron TN-801
Alaron 10 Transistor
Alpha 6 Transistor
Ambassador TR-803
AMC TF106
AMC TRB-821
Americana FC-60
Americana KP-8
Americana 620
Americana FP-861
Amico “Deluxe”
Amisonic Radio
Ampetco 8 Transistor
Angel Germanium Radio
Arrow 5 Transistor
Arvin 61R39
Arvin 61R48
Arvin 61R29
Arvin 68R38
Arvin 9577
Arvin 9574P
Arvin 9562
Arvin 66R58
Astor FQZ
Astra YTR-603
Aud-ion Boy’s Radio
Audition 125-3
Audition 2 Transistor
Audition Boy’s Radio
Auditone TR-280 Boy’s Radio
Aurora 6 Transistor
Aurora “Deluxe”
Aurora 8 Transistor
Aurora 6 Transistor
AWA Radiola 6
AWA Radiola
AWA Radiola B67

Baylor 6YR-15A
B.C. Telecon Radio/Walkie-Talkie
Beach Boy Radio
Belson 800
Bendix Navigator 420
Best Ever HK-3513
Bloc-Tronic 180 Electronic Kit
Bradford 10 Transistor
Bradford TR-1626
Brother 6 Transistor
Browni Multiband
Browni TR-2700
Browni 6 Transistor
Buddy Boy’s Radio
Bulova 250 (leather)
Bulova 250 (plastic)
Bulova 270
Bulova 290P
Bulova 660
Bulova 6 Transistor
Bulova 8 Transistor
Bulova 870
Bulova 830
Bulova 680
Bulova 792
Bulova 890
Bulova 670
Bulova 740
Bulova 730
Bulova 840
Bulova 720

Candle PTR-81B
Candle PTR-60S
Candle PTR-109
Candle PTR-100
Candle PTR-85B
Candle PTR-83
Candle 10 Transistor
Candle PTR-62B
Candle TR-2 Boy’s Radio
Candle 8 Transistor
Candle 8 Transistor (part deux)
Candle TK-1848
Candle VM-1025
Candle 6 Transistor
Candle ATR-800
Candle VM-1010
Captain YF-161
Carlin Walkie-Talkies
Carlton ST-7
Casio PR100
Champagne 1808
Channel Master 6521
Channel Master 6503
Channel Master 6514
Channel Master 6501
Channel Master 6502 “B”
Channel Master 6506
Channel Master 6509
Channel Master 6515
Channel Master 6518
Channel Master 6460 “Maverick”
Channel Master 6467
Channel Master Extension Speaker
Channel Master 6519
Channel Master 6516
Channel Master 6523
Channel Master 6528A
Channel Master 6448
Cherry Boy’s Radio
Cimco 6 Transistor
Clairtone “Mini Hi Fi”
Claricon VI TR-639
Classic TR-107
Cobra Two
Columbia 600G
Columbia 610R
Columbia 2452
Commodore 14 Transistor
Commodore 8 Transistor
Commodore TW-60
Computron 2601
Concord DF-1
Constant 6T-200
Continental TR-1067
Continental TR-182
Continental TR-682
Continental TR-1085
Continental TR-200
Continental TR-716
Continental TR-801
Continental TFM-1064
Continental TR-622
Continental TR-884
Continental TR-100
Coronado 43-9915
Coronet 6 Transistor
Coronet Boy’s Radio
Courier COP-20H
Craftsman NR-39F2-CB
Craig 4101 Walkie-Talkies
Crestline 6T-220
Crestline 6T-280
Crosley JM-8MN “Fantasy”
Crown TR-400
Crown TR-610
Crown 9 Transistor
Crown TR-620
Crown TR-680
Crown TR-675
Crown TR-690
Crown TR-800
Crown TR-333
Crown TR-9
Crown TR-860 Flashlight Radio
Crown TR-666
Crown TRF-1500R
Crown TR-900R
Crown Walkie-Talkie
Crown TR-999
Custom Two-Transistor

Delfonic CTR-615
Delmonico 8 Transistor
Delmonico 4T-20U Portable TV
Delmonico 6 Transistor
Delmonico T-611
Deville 6 Transistor
Dynamic DTR-820

Eastern Crystal Radios
Electra 6 & 8 Transistor Radios
Electra VHF Converter
Electra WT-700CB Walkie Talkies
Electra TRN-6J
Electro-Brand AM/FM Radio
Electro-Brand 8 Transistor
Elf 6T-300
Elgin R-1300
Elmerdude ElmerRadio
Emerson 555 “All-American”
Emerson 856
Emerson 888 “Vanguard”
Emerson 888 “Explorer”
Emerson 888 “Pioneer”
Emerson 849
Emerson 707
Emerson P3400B
Emerson 880
Emerson 888 “Transitimer II”
Emerson 889 “Explorer”
Emerson Model 18 Charger
Emerson 988 “Rambler”
Emerson 911 “Eldorado”
Emerson 990 “Sportsman”
Emerson 31P56
Emerson 838
Emerson 999 “Champion”
Emerson 868
Emerson 888 “Atlas”
Emerson 859
Emerson 808
Emerson 888 “Satellite”
Emerson P3760
Empire TR-100
Encore 10 Transistor
Encore 78
Encore 615
Encore 6 Transistor
Encore 8 Transistor
Encore TFN-1003
Encore TR-1500
Encore 1288
Energy Sciences Solar Radio
Englishtown MTR-716
Eureka KR-6TS35
Ever-Play PR-1266
Excel NTR-120

Fanon FCB-9 Walkie-Talkies
Fidelity-Tone NT-4
Fiesta 6 Transistor
Fiesta 16 Transistor
Fiesta 16 Transistor, Part 2
Fleetwood NTR-100
Four-Star 5 Transistor
Four-Star Boy’s Radio
Ful-Tone TR-601
Futura “Medallion”

General Electric 7-2753D
General Electric P-850D
General Electric P-745B
General Electric P-807A
General Electric 7-2705C
General Electric 7-2753
General Electric P-1716A
General Electric P-1731B
General Electric P-1760
General Electric P-1761
General Electric P-1797
General Electric P-1810A
General Electric P-2790J
General Electric P-780
General Electric P-786A
General Electric P-831A
General Electric P-977E
General Electric P-825A
General Electric 7-2885F “Superadio II”
General Electric P-820A
General Electric P-2710 “Long Range”
General Electric P-1721A
General Electric P-766A
General Electric P-750A
General Electric P-4715
General Electric P-910AA
General Electric P-916C
General Electric P-1790
General Electric P-795D
General Electric 7-2500B
General Electric P-1756
General Electric 676
General Electric P-800A
General Electric P-770
General Electric CT-455A
General Electric P-865
General T-71
Gibraltar P-1405
Global GR-711
Global GR-900
Global GR-100
Global GR-612
Global GR-712
Global GFM-931
Global GR-920
GM Sportsman TR-1088
Golden Shield 7000
Golden Shield 7188
Golden Shield 2701
Grand Prix GP-805
Graymark 801
Grundig YB-P2000
Grundig Platinum Traveler
Grundig Micro-Boy
Grundig Boy 30
Grundig Traveller II PE
Grundig FR-200
G. Star TR-610
Gulton Ever-Play

Hallicrafters 4RT3
Happi-Time 649.23020
Harlie TR-661
Harpers 9 Transistor
Harpers 4 Transistor
Harpers TR-208
Harpers MG-302 Germanium Radio
Harpers GK-600
Hearever 8 Transistor
Heathkit GR-1008
Heathkit GR-17
Hi-Delity 6T-250
Highwave 8 Transistor
Highwave 9 Transistor
Hi-Lite YTR-601
Hilton NTR-800
Hilton 8 Transistor
Hitachi TH-666
Hitachi TH-680
Hitachi TH-862R “Marie”
Hitachi TH-831
Hitachi TH-621
Hitachi TH-759
Hitachi TH-848
Hitachi TH-627R
Hitachi TH-812
Hitachi TH-667
Hitachi WH-829 “Kelly”
Hitachi WH-761 “Betty”
Hitachi TH-660
Hitachi WH-667 “Judy”
Hitachi TH-600 “Hiphonic”
Hoffman 727X
Hoffman KP706 “Trans-Solar”
Hoffman 728
Hoffman 7 Transistor
Hoffman OP-708
Hoffman BP-410
Holiday 16-033
Holiday 888
Holiday HF-601
Holiday S900
Holiday HT-881
Holiday 8 Transistor
Honey-Tone FR-601
Honeytone 12 Transistor
Honeytone 7 Transistor
Honeytone G-606
Hy-Lite E164

Impac DO-10
Igetric XRT-101
Imperial 6 Transistor
Imperial 6 Transistor
Imperial GK-600
International A9101
International 10 Transistor
International 10 Transistor (part deux)
International Radio
Invicta 801
Invicta 9 Transistor
Invicta 200
ITT 6409
ITT 631

Jade 161
Jade 101
Jade J-143
Jaguar 6T-250
Jaguar CFM-1000
Jaguar T2010
Jefferson-Travis JT-H204
Jefferson-Travis JT-F211
Jefferson-Travis JT-H105S
Jewel TS-10
Juliette APR-256
Juliette TR-91M
Juliette WT-6 Walkie-Talkies
Juliette WT-146A Walkie-Talkies
Jupiter 6T-330
Jupiter “Ranger”
Jupiter 6T-250
Jupiter 6 Transistor
Jupiter 6T-220
JVC-Nivico 8H-3
JVC-Nivico 10A-3

“K” 4 Transistor
Kalimar 6TP-430
Kaytone 9FM-38
Kent Boy’s Radio
King 6 Transistor
K-Mart 601A
K-Mart 5 Transistor
K-Mart 31-07
K-Mart 6-31-09
K-Mart Cube Radio
Knox 6 Transistor
Kobe Kogyo KT-80
Kobe Kogyo KT-63
Kobe Kogyo KT-1000M
Kowa 8 Transistor
Kowa KTF-1
Kowa KTF-115
Koyo KR-6TS1
Koyo 10 Transistor
Koyo 8 Transistor
Krysler 10 Transistor

Lafayette FS-91
Lafayette FS-223
Lafayette FS-206
Lafayette 150-In-1 Kit
Lafayette HE-29B
Lark Boys Radio
Le Sabre 8-Transistor
Life Tone Boy’s Radio
Linmark T-63
Linmark T-61
Lloyd’s TR-6L
Lloyd’s 7S44B
Lloyd’s 6K88N
Lloyd’s 8 Transistor
Lloyd’s 6K87B
Lloyd’s 8R29 “Hipster”
Londale TR-930
Longines “Symphonette”
Longines “Symphonette” 1561
Long Way Walkie Talkies
Luke Solar Radio

Magna Eight Transistor
Magnavox AM-80
Magnavox AM-22
Magnavox AM-84
Magnavox 2-AM-802
Magnavox AM-5
Magnavox AM-60
Magnavox IR-1002
Magnavox AW-24
Magnavox 2R-1001
Magnavox AM-23
Magnavox AW-100
Magnavox AM-81
Maninc 5 Transistor
Marc 8 Transistor
Marconi 488
Marcraft SE-1010 Kit Radio
Mark VII Radio
Mars Boys Radio
Mars 6YR-15A
Marvel 6YR-15A
Marvel “Hi-Fi Deluxe”
Marvel 6 YR-10A
Marvel 6YR-05
Marvel 6YR-19
Marvel 6TP-207
Mascot II Boys Radio
Mascot II Boys Radio II
Master Sound 5050
Matsushita T-41
Matsushita T-22U
Matsushita T-13
Mayfair 714 Tape Recorder
Mayfair GP-21
MCE 7760
Mellow Tone 6 Transistor
Mellow Tone 14 Transistor
Melodian TR-6B
Melodic MT-60
Merco Air King
Midland 5 Transistor
Midland TV/FM Radio
Midland 13-425E Walkie-Talkie
Midland 13-108 Walkie-Talkies
Milco Micro 7
Million Boy’s Radio
Mitchell 1101
Mitsubishi 6X-870
Mitsubishi 6X-720
Mitsubishi 6X-140
Mitsubishi 6X-300
Mitsubishi 6X-145
Mitsubishi 6X-148
Mitsubishi 7X-850
Mitsubishi 8X-584A
Mitsubishi FX-412
Mitsubishi 6X-240
Monacor RE-612
Monarch 800
Monarch Six Transistor
Morse Boy’s Radio
Motorola X21W
Motorola X26W
Motorola X12A-1
Motorola X19A
Motorola 6X39A
Motorola XP22DL
Motorola XP34GN
Motorola 6X31N
Motorola CX2N “Tandem”
Motorola XP69BN

Nanaola 8NT-1272H
National T-26
National R-027
National Panasonic R-201
National AT-290
National EB-165
National Panasonic R-8
National Panasonic R-1021/R-1031
National Panasonic T-100M
National Panasonic DR28
National Panasonic DR49
National T-46
National R-1016
NEC NT-620
NEC NT-6M11
NEC NT-625
NEC NT-61
NEC “Galaxie” 664
NEC NTF-901
Neutron 101
New Max TS-30 Extension Speaker
Newtech PR-315
Nichinan Boys Radio
Nipco 6 Transistor
Nobility NB678
Nobility FT-6000
Nobility 12 Transistor
Nobility 14 Transistor
Nobility NTR-605
Noom 10 Transistor
Nordmende “Transita”
Norelco Electronic Kit
North American RA-1001
North American 876
North American 16-Transistor Radios
North American 15 Transistor
Norwood NT-602

Olympic 666
Olympic 859
Olympic 6 Transistor Clock Radio
Omegas 8 & 10
O.M.G.S. HT 6101
O.M.G.S. 1000
O.M.G.S. “Super Delux”
Omscolite 7 Transistor
Omscolite 7 Transistor
Onkyo SA-101 Radio/Transceiver
Onkyo 7TR-800
Optex 6 Transistor
Optex 6 Transistor
Orion TR-710
Orion 10 Transistor
Orion 9 Transistor

Packard Bell AR-851 “Gilligan’s Island” Radio
Packard Bell 6RT-2
Packard Bell 9RT-2
Packard Bell 6RT-1
Pa-kette Crystal Radio
Panasonic T-50AA
Panasonic T-7
Panasonic R-70 “Panapet Ball & Chain”
Panasonic R-72 “Toot-A-Loop”
Panasonic RF-93 “Rolling Tone”
Panasonic T-601
Panasonic RC-1091
Panasonic R-132
Panasonic R-1052
Panasonic RF-511
Panasonic R-012
Panasonic R-1007
Panasonic R-1013
Panasonic R-1014
Panasonic R-1029
Panasonic R-1076
Panasonic R-1241
Panasonic R-1597
Panasonic RF-513
Panasonic RF-728
Panasonic R-1077
Panasonic R-1105
Panasonic T-92 “Portalarm”
Panasonic R-1326
Panasonic RF-626
Panasonic R-1018
Panasonic R-77
Panasonic T-9
Panasonic R-1070
Panasonic R-1551
Panasonic RF-666
Panasonic T-81
Panasonic R-47A
Panasonic R-111
Panasonic RF-505
Panasonic RF-506
Panasonic RJ-6 Walkie-Talkies
Panasonic RF-032
Panasonic R-12
Panasonic “Remembrance”
Panasonic RF-563
Panasonic RF-015
Panasonic RF-581
Panasonic RF-P50
Peerless 12 Transistor
Peerless 7 Transistor
Penney’s 6TP-555
Penney’s 6TP-243
Penney’s 3459 Clock Radio
Penney’s 981-2224
Penney’s 1151
Petite NTR-120
Petite 6 Transistor
Philco T7-126
Philco T51-124
Philco T-81GP
Philco-Ford RT-611
Philco T-67GP
Philco T89-124
Philco T75-124
Philco T500-124
Philco PT804BKG
Philco T66-126
Philco TC47-124
Philco QT-80BKG
Philco T74-124
Philco T701-124
Philco T45-126
Philco T1000-124
Philips L2X94T
Philips L3X78T
Philips L2X97T
Philips AE4320
Pigeon Mini Com
Pilot Radio
Pioneer SPR-500F
Plata 9FM-64
Play-Rite T8-110
Play-Rite 6 Transistor
Powertone 6 Transistor
Precor 550
Public 6 Transistor
Pure Energy “Desk Jockey”

Quasar Pen Radio

Radio Shack 12-734
Radio Shack Optimus 12-201A
Radio Shack DX-398
Radio Shack DX-390
Radio Shack DX-402
Radio Shack DX-399
Radio Shack “Archer” 60-4002
Radio Shack 12-802
Radio Shack 12-808
Radio Shack 12-215
Radio Shack 12-893
Radio Shack 12-930
Radio Shack 12-797
Radio Shack 60-4004 Walkie Talkies
Radio Shack 12-251 Weather Radio
Radio Shack 12-817
Radio Shack 12-464
Radio Shack 12-831
Radio Shack 12-829
Rainbow 6 Transistor
Rainbow 6YR-65
Raleigh “Astronaut”
Raleigh 619
Raleigh FM-990
Raleigh TC-909 Transceiver
Raleigh 8 Transistor
Raleigh 12 Transistor
Raleigh 8 Transistor (part deux)
Raleigh 1212
Raygee HR-203
Ray Jefferson 630
Raytheon T-100 Series
Raytheon Lucite Radio
Raytheon 8TP Series
Raytheon T-2500
Raytheon AM 100
RCA GP628C
RCA 1-RJ-19
RCA RGA 1049
RCA 3-RH-34
RCA 1-RH-12 Travel Set
RCA 1-TP-2E
RCA RHM49E
RCA 1-RG-43
RCA RLM-50A(T)
RCA RGG29E
RCA 3-RH-34 “B”
RCA 3-RH-22G
RCA GP-336
RCA 6 Transistor
RCA 9-BT-9E
RCA RHM19J
RCA 4RH16
RCA RGM29E
RCA RZD32B Clock Radio
RCA 3-RG-81
RCA 3-RG-14
RCA 1-T-5J
RCA P-332
RCA 8-BT-9E
RCA 4RG6
Realistic 90L-696
Realistic 12-171
Realistic 95L-020
Realistic 12-151A
Realistic 12-167B
Realistic 12-181 “Weatheradio”
Realistic 12-715
Realistic 12-728
Realistic 12-654
Realistic DX-400
Realistic DX-390
Realistic 12-166 “FlavoRadio”
Realistic 12-183 “Deskube”
Realistic 8-Transistor
Realistic 12-608A “Jetstream Mini”
Realistic 12-721 “FlavoRadio”
Realistic “TimeKube”
Realistic 12-666
Realistic 65-In-1 Kit
Realistic 90L424K
Realistic 12-656
Realistic 12-182 FM “Deskube
Realistic 12-716
Realtone TR-1088 “Comet”
Realtone TR-8611 “Constellation”
Realtone TR-801 “Electra”
Realtone TR-803 “A”
Realtone TR-803 “B”
Realtone TR-1626/TR-1826
Realtone TR-2051
Realtone TR-861
Realtone 1039
Realtone 3002
Realtone TR-970
Realtone 2207
Realtone 2011
Realtone TR-1055
Realtone TR-806-1
Realtone TR-1820
Realtone 1120
Realtone TR-6134
Realtone 1227
Realtone TR-555 “Galaxy”
Regency TR-1
Regency TR-1G
Regency TR-4
Regency TR-5C
Regency TR-7
Regency XR-2A
Regency DB-410 Signal Booster
Regency TR-1 Clear Back Model
Renown NB678
Riviera 6 Transistor
“Roamer” Crystal Radio (created by Franz Gysi)
Romy “Sports”
Ross RE-809N
Ross RE-1001
Ross 901
Ross 12 Transistor
Ross 10 and 12 Transistor Radios
Ross RE-777 “Jubilee”
Roxy UR-102
Russian “Yoonga” Radio

Sabre 6T-270
Sangean ATS-803A
Sanwa Boy’s Radio
Sanyo 6C-15
Sanyo 6C-17
Sanyo 6C-R11
Sanyo 8S-P20
Sanyo RP-5047A
Sanyo RP-1250
Sanyo 7C-307 “Cadnica”
Sanyo RP-1711
Sanyo 8S-P21
Sanyo TR-620
Sanyo 10S-10PN
Sanyo RPM-6800
Sanyo 8C-028P
Sanyo RPM-C5
Sears 10 Transistor
Sears 2202
Sears 2261
Sears 7216
Seminole 900
Seminole BP-311
Seminole 1000
Seminole 1100
Seminole 1101
Seminole 801
Seminole 806
Sharp FX-502
Sharp FX-184
Sharp TR-180
Sharp TR-182
Sharp TR-222
Sharp TR-173 “Collie”
Sharp BP-460
Sharp BP-110
Sharp TR-203
Silver 6TR-100
Silver 8TR-285
Silver 10TL-540
Silver 6T7
Silvertone 2206
Silvertone 2208 “Medalist”
Silvertone 1213 “500”
Silvertone 1202
Silvertone 2204
Silvertone 4209
Silvertone 42101
Silvertone 212
Silvertone 6214
Silvertone 8204
Silvertone 9203A
Silvertone 1206
Silvertone 3221
Silvertone 1209 “Medalist”
Singer HE-229
Skymaster 6 Transistor
Skymaster 9R-202A
Skywatch Pro
Skyway S-100
Sonata 8 Transistor
Sonnet 8 Transistor
Sonora 610
Sony TR-810
Sony 2R-21
Sony TR-1811
Sony TR-610
Sony TRW-621
Sony TR-620
Sony 3F-77W
Sony TR-86
Sony TR-75
Sony TR-63
Sony 2R-22
Sony 2R-29
Sony 6F-21W
Sony TFM-3750W
Sony TFM-3950W
Sony TR-1819
Sony TR-4100
Sony TR-608
Sony TR-650
Sony TR-72
Sony TR-725
Sony TR-750
Sony 6R-33 “Super Sensitive”
Sony TR-714
Sony 2R-31
Sony 6R-22
Sony TR-712
Sony TFM-1837W
Sony TR-84
Sony TR-752
Sony FD-20A “Watchman”
Sony 2R-28
Sony ICR-200
Sony ICF-200W
Sony ICF-S30W
Sony TFM-110W
Sony WM-F10II
Sony ICR-120
Sony TR-1829
Sony TFM-116A
Sony TR-1814
Sony TR-730
Sony TR-817
Sony TFM-834L
Sony ICF-S10MK2
Sony TR-1839
Sony ICF-SW1S
Sony ICR-3
Sony ICF-A10W
Sound Dimensions 6 Transistor
Soundesign 6 Transistor
Soundwave Weather Radio
Sovereign 8 Transistor
Spica ST-600
“Sports” Radio
Sportsman 6 Transistor
SR Rubber Radio
Standard “Mignon II-A”
Standard SR-G104
Standard SR-G430
Standard SR-F400
Standard SR-F25
Standard SR-K71F
Standard SR-Q460F
Standard SR-H437
Standard SR-F22
Standard SR-G24A
Standard SR-H436
Stantex 7 Transistor
Star-Fire 10 Transistor
Star-Lite TS-640
Star-Lite 6 Transistor
Star-Lite TRN-600
Star-Lite TRN-79
Star-Lite “Gaynote”
Startone CTR-701
Stewart 5 Transistor
Summit S900
Summit S912
Suntone 8 Transistor
Supreme TR-861
Swiss Radio (Unknown)
Swops 10 Transistor
Sylvania 4P19W
Sylvania 4P14

Tarleton 10 Transistor
Tempest TR-1200
Tempest 718
TG&Y 5 Transistor
TMK 10 Transistor
Toho 6 Transistor
Tokai RA-801
Tokai FA-951
Tokai Walkie-Talkies
Tom Thumb 6T-93
Tonemaster 9 Transistor
Tonex 10 Transistor
Tonex 6 Transistor
Tonex 624
Top-Notch 6 Transistor
Toshiba 7TP-352M & S
Toshiba 8TM-41
Toshiba 6TP-354
Toshiba 6TP-385A
Toshiba 7TP-30
Toshiba 7TP-303
Toshiba 6P-15
Toshiba 6TP-31/6TP-31A
Toshiba 9TM-40
Toshiba TR-193 and 5TR-193 “Lace” Radios
Toshiba 6TP-304
Toshiba 6TP-394
Toshiba 7TH-425
Toshiba 8TM-294B
Toshiba 6TP-309
Toshiba 6P-35
Toshiba 6TP-219
Toshiba 6TP-309A
Toshiba 6TP-385
Toshiba 8TP-90
Toshiba 5TP-90
Toshiba 6P-10
Toshiba 7TM-285S
Toshiba IC-70
Toshiba 6TP-315
Toshiba 6TP-314A
Toshiba 8TM-300S
Toshiba 7TP-21
TR-180 Radio
Trancel TR-60
Trancel TR-81
Trancel 7TM-312S
Trancel T-11
Trancel TR-80
Trancel 6TP-243
Trancel T-7
Trancel TP-194 “Reflex”
Trancel TR-50
Trans “Comet 459”
Transitone TR-1645
Transix 6 Transistor
Transonic 10 Transistor
Transonic 7 Transistor
Trav-Ler TR-285B
Trav-Ler TR-284B
Truetone DC-3600
Truetone DC-3812
Truetone DC-3408
Truetone D3715A
Truetone DC 3007
Truetone DC 3704
Truetone DC 3326

United Royal 601
Universal PTR-62B
Universal SM-888 “Big 8 Transistor”

Valiant HT-8053
Valiant 10 and 12 Transistor Radios
Valiant 6 Transistor
Valiant 6 Transistor
Valiant TR-1088
Vesper G-810
VIP TR-620
Viscount 6TP-102
Viscount AR-665
Viscount 12 Transistor
Viscount 10 Transistor
Viscount 602
Viscount 616
Viscount 1030
Viscount 831
Viscount 14 Transistor
Viscount 6TP-102 (metal-front)
Viscount 6T-300
Vista 6 Transistor
Vokar 5000 IF Transformer Kit

Webcor MTR-633
Wendell-West CR-18
Westinghouse H653P6
Westinghouse H841P6GP
Westinghouse H902P6GPA
Westinghouse H968PLA
Westinghouse 5 Transistor
Westinghouse H967P7
Westinghouse RS21P08A “Escort”
Westinghouse RPA5111A
Westinghouse H693P8
Westinghouse H707P6GPA
Westinghouse H798P7
Westinghouse H908PN9GP
Westinghouse H725P6
Westinghouse H771P6GP
Westinghouse H695P8
Westminster 6 Transistor
Wilco ST-88
Wilco G-601
Windsor 5 Transistor
Windsor STR-207 Boys Radio
Windsor 2013
Windsor 8T-888
Windsor 6T-220
Windsor 2024
Winston W-999

Yaesu VX-1R Transceiver
Yaesu VX-2R Transceiver
Yaesu VR-500 Communications Receiver
Yaou 6 Transistor
Yashica YT-300
York TR-102
York TR-103
York TR-62

Zenith Royal 950 “Golden Triangle”
Zenith Royal 500D
Zenith Royal 500H
Zenith Royal 25
Zenith Royal 10
Zenith Royal 16
Zenith Royal 20
Zenith Royal 50
Zenith Royal 250
Zenith Royal 2000
Zenith Royal 50L
Zenith Royal 400
Zenith R7000 Transoceanic
Zenith Royal 35
Zenith Royal C25
Zenith Royal 21
Zenith Royal 185
Zenith Royal 3000-1 Transoceanic
Zenith Royal 13
Zephyr ZR-620
Zephyr ZR-930
Zephyr AR-600
Zephyr GR-3T6
Zephyr GR-711
Zephyr ZR-740
Zephyr AR-665
Zephyr TR-64

Now THAT’S a radio collection! Enjoy!

January 2017 Maintenance at Radio Geek Heaven

Happy January, fellow Radio Geeks! If things look a bit different during the next few weeks, it’s because we’re doing our annual site maintenance and freshening. January is our slowest time of the year, so it’s a good time to make sure everything on Radio Geek Heaven is working and looking as it should.

The site will remain up and active during this time. You shouldn’t notice much difference, other than some minor appearance changes and possible additions. As a bonus, the ‘comment’ section is open to everyone with no registration required! Every time I try this, I get buried under an avalanche of spam and have to disable comments again. I’ll keep it open as long as I can since I love to hear from readers. Your feedback makes this site better. It’s also great to know that I’m not the only human on the planet with an incurable radio addiction!

Also, a belated “thanks” to everyone who came to Radio Geek Heaven in 2016. Without you, this site would not exist. Here’s to a great 2017. *CHEERS!*

Happy National CB Radio Day aka “10-4 Day”

I’ll bet you didn’t know October 4th was a national holiday! It is, thanks to former President of the United States Jimmy Carter. On October 2, 1978, President Carter proclaimed this date to be forever known as “10-4 Day” by issuing the following statement:

“This year marks the 20th anniversary of Citizens Band radio. CB is now a widely used emergency communications system. It helps keep motorists safe on our Nation’s highways by providing faster notification of highway accidents, increased detection of reckless driving, and more information to reduce traffic delays. The CB is also effective in emergencies unrelated to motor vehicles. By allowing for citizens’ participation in public safety, we greatly enhance that safety.

The growth of CB use in recent years is extraordinary. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has now issued nearly 14 million licenses. More than 20 million Americans have used a CB radio at one time or another.

While CB is primarily for emergency use, the non-emergency channels bring enjoyment and companionship to millions of Americans, including my own family.

In recognition of the fine service provided by Citizens Band radio, I join with CB organizations across the country in celebrating ’10-4 Day’, October 4, 1978.”

If you’re too young to have experienced CB radio or too old to remember how much fun it was, relive the CB craze by listening to actual CB radio tapes. I recorded these in my hometown of Apple Valley, Minnesota when I was 12-19 years old. There are some real “gems” in this audio collection! Check out vintage CB units in our virtual CB Radio Museum. Have a look back at those classic CB antennas of yesteryear.

Most of all, if you’re lucky enough to still own functioning CB radio equipment, get on-the-air today and make some contacts. You never know who you’ll find out there, just waiting to talk to you on 27Mhz. Happy 10-4 Day, fellow Radio Geeks!

U100 WYOO AM/FM Minneapolis/St. Paul Revisited

40 years ago today, the greatest radio station in Twin Cities history pulled the plug and went dark. Now of course, that’s my personal opinion and many will disagree. But in my mind, U100 aka “The Supah Yeww” will always be the ultimate radio station to ever grace the Minneapolis/St. Paul airwaves.

U100 was actually two stations simulcasting as one: 980 AM and 101.3 FM. These stations began life as WPBC, the People’s Broadcasting Company. Husband and wife team Bill and Becky Ann Stewart owned the stations. The format was best described as Easy Listening. Or, as WPBC put it in their promotional announcements: “Playing more of the prettier, popular music for easier listening.” The Metropolitan Opera was broadcast on Saturdays. Rock and roll was absolutely forbidden on WPBC. It was rumored that Becky Ann even went as far as to scratch out album cuts which were “too loud” with the point of a compass in order to keep the airstaff from playing them.

In 1972, WPBC AM/FM were sold to Fairchild Industries. The stations were split and both formats were flipped. WYOO-AM 980 “The New YOO in the Twin Cities” broadcast a mix of mostly 1950s oldies and nostalgia programming. WRAH-FM 101.3 “Rah-dio for the Twin Cities” was automated, focusing on rock album cuts. The results were disappointing, both in terms or ratings and advertising revenue. Less than 2 years later, management made the decision to flip both stations to an AM/FM simulcast hybrid Rock/Top 40 format.

U100 was born on August 26, 1974. Live at the Minnesota State Fair, Program Director Rob Sherwood abruptly brought an end to WYOO’s Oldies format. Throwing the cart across the trailer, he promised not to play any more “turkey records.” Rob then played Joe Cocker’s “With a Little Help from My Friends”, announcing that since he had left KDWB five months earlier with this song, “I guess I’ll come back with this song. A new era in Twin Cities broadcasting…as we introduce you to boogie! Are you ready to boogie?” This was followed by a montage of the entire U100 jingle package. Which in turn was followed by the J. Geils Band’s “Give it to Me.”

U100 was in many ways an innovative station far ahead of it’s time. For starters, they broadcast in FM Stereo as well as standard AM. This was a big deal in 1974. All of WYOO’s competitors were available on AM only. The format was “Rock 40”, more than 10 years before Dan Kieley coined the term at KKRC/Sioux Falls. Sure, U100 played the current Top 40 hits by KC & the Sunshine Band, Wild Cherry, Hall & Oates, and Elton John. But they also played album cuts from Led Zeppelin, Yes, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and many others. They also played the longer album versions of current hits, rather than the short “45 versions.” Two that immediately come to mind are “She’s Gone” by Hall & Oates and “Miracles” by Jefferson Starship. The latter was somewhat controversial due to it’s racy lyric content.

Which leads me to the most important reason I loved U100: their DJs were radical. Always pushing the envelope. The station even billed itself as “OUTRAGEOUS!” in their promotional literature. Drug references were subtle but frequent. The infamous “U100 Grabs Me” T-shirt had a pair of hands strategically placed right where a female’s ‘special features’ would be. Afternoon jock Chucker Morgan called himself “The Mother Chucker”, a play on words for you-know-what. He also hosted “Chucker’s Leak Line” where kids could call and leak test answers to other students. Parents and teachers hated that feature, of course. Teenagers loved it! Each weeknight at 10:30, “Boogie Check” allowed listeners to call in and speak their mind, tell a joke, or whatever. I had just started the 7th grade at Valley Middle school when U100 went off the air. It was an absolutely huge deal around school. Many kids wore their U100 T-shirts backwards or inside-out in protest. It was like losing a friend. More than any other radio station, it was U100 that inspired me to pursue a career of my own behind the microphone. John Records Landecker of WLS was the jock who had the most influence on me, but WYOO was my most influential station.

Why did U100 die? Depends on who you ask. Some claim it was simply impossible for them to compete against 3 other well-established stations. Minneapolis/St. Paul was unique in that it was the only market at the time with FOUR Top 40 outlets. KDWB-AM 630 and WDGY AM-1130 had been playing rock and roll since the 1950s. KSTP AM-1500 was a fairly recent convert to the format but had the money and the muscle of Stanley S. Hubbard’s Hubbard Broadcasting behind them. All 3 of U100’s competitors had bigger budgets and larger promotional warchests. Others claim that Doubleday (KDWB’s parent company) made Fairchild an offer for their FM frequency that was simply too good to pass up. By this time, it was early 1976. Top 40 stations had begun migrating from AM to FM in select markets. Smart programmers and owners knew the future of this format was in high fidelity FM stereo, not scratchy AM mono. In any case, the FM station was sold to Doubleday and would become KDWB-FM 101.3. Since FCC rules prohibited a company from owning more than one AM and one FM per market, the AM facility was sold to local Beautiful Music broadcaster WAYL-FM.

Just before midnight on Wednesday, September 15, 1976, U100 night DJ JoJo Gunne played the station’s signature song: Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven.” At it’s conclusion, JoJo thanked the audience, saying “Remember, I love ya”, kissing the microphone, and then “We gone, bye bye” into Joe Cocker’s “With a Little Help from My Friends.” At the song’s conclusion, just a hurried Legal ID: “WYOO AM and FM stereo Richfield now leaves the air.” The transmitter was quickly turned off, presumably to comply with the 12:00:00 deadline. Just like that, the greatest radio station in Twin Cities history was gone forever. Across town, KDWB overnight DJ Mark Ranier gleefully announced “and they just went down for the last time!”

At 6:00AM on September 16, KDWB began their 101.3 FM simulcast as “The All New KDWB, FM-101 and AM-63.” On Monday, September 20, WAYL assumed control of the 980 AM frequency. I find it amazing how a station that was on the air for barely 2 years had such a profound effect on Twin Cities radio and it’s listeners. To this day, people in Minnesota still remember and reminisce about “The Boogie Station”, “Fun Lovin’ Super U”, “The Acapulco Gold Countdown”, and of course “Boogie Check.” For those of us lucky enough to grow up in that time and place, the day the music died was exactly 40 years ago today. Right On, Super Yeww!

iPhone 7, Headphone Jack 0

Unless you’ve been under a rock for the past few days, you no doubt are aware that Apple has released the long-awaited iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Like most people, I immediately noticed what the new iPhone doesn’t have: a headphone jack. This is a problem. Especially if you’re an audio junkie like me. Wherever I go, I am constantly streaming radio stations or other sources of music and news. I need a headphone jack.

In fairness, Apple does include a lightning to 3.5mm headphone adaptor at no extra charge. But the added weight is cumbersome. Another problem is that you cannot charge the iPhone 7 while using the adaptor. The preferred option is to use Apple’s new wireless AirPods in place of headphones. That is, if you don’t mind spending an additonal $159. I do.

Me? I’ll keep my tried and true Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime. If the headphones go out, I can buy a new pair anywhere for around $10. If the charger goes out, that’s universally available for less than $10. And since it’s “old school”, it has a removable battery and microSD card slot. Two important features that neither the iPhones nor the newer Galaxy models have. Yeah, I’m cheap. But I’ll stick with what works for me.

Learn from Greta: Make Copies of Your Stuff!

Last week, Greta Van Susteren suddenly departed FOX News after more than 14 years. I didn’t see that one coming. Speculation is all over the board as to why she chose to take advantage of an exit clause in her contract. This morning, Greta posted on her Facebook page that she hopes FOX will give back all the personal photos and video from her GretaWire blog. Apparently, she does not have copies of these items.

If there’s one thing I learned in 16 years of broadcasting, it’s this: always, always, ALWAYS protect what is yours! Make backups of anything and everything you use on-the-air. Regardless of how long you’ve worked at a station or how good you are, the day WILL come when you are unexpectedly escorted out of the building. If you’re lucky, you’ll be given a box and a few minutes to grab what you can on your way out the door. After your departure, the first thing the company will do is delete all reference to you from the station website, Facebook page, etc. All of your passwords will be changed and you will no longer have access to anything. It is as if you never existed at that organization. Good luck in getting your materials back once this happens.

I believe Greta is one of the few honest journalists in the business today. I wish her well and hope she surfaces at another network after being “benched for awhile” as she put it. As for the rest of us, let’s make this a learning experience. Always back up and protect your stuff!

Virtual Tour of KSUM-AM & KFMC-FM Fairmont, Minnesota

Much thanks to Travis Goraczkowski for posting this virtual photo tour of KSUM-AM 1370 and KFMC-FM 106.5 in Fairmont, Minnesota. These stations have a rich and extensive history: KSUM signed on in 1948 while KFMC came alive in 1978. Travis has worked at the stations for the past 3 and 1/2 years.

KSUM has aired a full service country and agriculture format format for as long as I can remember. KFMC has been various forms of contemporary and rock. It was Top 40/CHR for many years. Today, 106.5 airs “Real Classic Rock.” With a car radio or other strong receiver, their signal used to reach the southern suburbs of the Twin Cities. Today of course, it’s blocked by a co-channel translator.

Included in the KSUM/KFMC photo tour are the outside of the building, AM control room, FM control room, guest seating area, plus several equipment pics. Very nicely done, Travis!