The Radios

Over time I have acquired, in one way or another, quite a few radios. Some because I wanted them for a particular purpose, some as hand-me-downs, and others because they looked good. Just like with tape recorders, one cannot have too many of them. As I went though the house for this project I was actually surprised how many I came across.

This stained glass was made for me by artist and friend Adrian Wegner. The "knobs" are made from steel pennies from World War II.

Here are some of the radios I have known over my lifetime.

Some Very Oldies

This is Philmore VC-1000 crystal radio that my dad bought me in the early 1960s.

This is Philco portable was given to me with a few other radios. Although I haven't tried to make it work, it's a nice looking piece with a tambour door to cover the dial.

This is GE radio from the late-1930s that was given to me with two other radios. I refinished it and it looks pretty nice though the radio does not work. It appears it had a fire at some point and restoration would be a major endeavor. The orhinal dial was destroyed in the fire so I made this reproduction.

This is RCA 86T radio from the 1930s was given to me with two other radios. It could use a restoration

This is just the cabinet for a Knight radio from the early 1930s. This was given to me with two other radios. I refinished it and it looks pretty nice these days even though it lacks its innards.

This Coronado was sold to me by a teacher who was retiring and didn't want to move it from his classroom back to his home. It works fine.

I bought this beautiful Zenith from a couple who were downsizing into retirement. They had it worked on at some point and the only thing it needed was a new power cord. The dial is a marvel and the sound is very rich.

This Stromberg Carlson console belonged to my wife's parents and dates to the late-1940s or early-1950s. It has AM and FM, although the FM no longer works because the FCC changed its frequencies. The unit also has a turntable with a 33/78 cartridge.

This Truetone was given to me by my sister who found it in a Salvation Army store in Minnesota. It work fine.

This beautiful Philco was given to me by one of my wife's clients, knowing that I liked radios, and they wanted it to have a good home. It sounds as good as it looks.

I had been looking for an old RCA 45 RPM record player when I stumbled upon this deluxe model 4-Y-511 from 1954 that also has an AM radio. The bakelite case is in mint condition. The unit plays well but could stand a recap and the ceramic cartridge needs a replacement.

I wasn't sure whether to include this one but it is a radio, athough just a transmitter. I did a dumpster dive to save this guy and although I have never turned it on, it looks cool amongst my other radio gear.

Radios from a More Modern Era

I bought this Century Sound radio around 1970 when I ws interested in listening to local police calls. It did that just fine and also plays AM/FM. I even have the instructions and schematic for it.

This Sankyo_STR-100 was my kitchen and shop radio in th 1980s. Also seen on my Magnetic Recording page.

This Sears All-in_One system has a pretty good AM/FM sections. I talk about this unit in greater detail on my Magnetic Recording page.

My Sansui QRX-7500 AM/FM quadraphonic receiver. This was the center of my hi-fi system from when I bought in the mid-1970s when I was in Gernmany to the mid-1990s. It was put into retirement when it had an issue or two but is now ready for restoration as I would like it, again, to be the center on my system.

This Onkyo TX-NR575 AM/FM/Everything receiver is holding down the operation of my hi-fi system these days. While it does more things than I need, it does sound pretty good although I would rather have knobs than a remote.

I puchased this Realistic AM/FM tuner back in the early 1970s and hooked it up to a bare amp board I that I bought at Olsons. This unit works great. At one point I had a milliamp meter connected to it that functioned at a tuning meter. I may have to set that up again. This is my workshop radio these days.

A GE Superradio. I bought this to do some DXing as it has an excellent AM tuner it it. In my basement I even picked ip WMAQ out of Chicago.

This little clock radio was picked up at some point for our guest room but has now been replaced by a Sony CFD-V17 boom box type.

Sony CFD-V17, AM/FM/Cassette/CD. In a guest room.

Sony CFD-V30, AM/FM/Cassette/CD. I use this in my photographic darkroom.

Sony CFS204, resides in my workshop these days.

One of the guys who worked for me abandoned this one on a construction site when the job was over and I never sqw him again. Eventually it ended up in my collection. It's a pretty nice little AM/FM Panasonic.

I bought this General Electric radio for some reason in the early-1980s when I needed/wanted an portable AM radio to have around construction sites, probably to listen to talk radio. It still works just fine. A little Deoxit cleaned up the volume control.

This Panasonic receiver was added through marriage and after some time in a guest room is now my garage radio. It has some nice speakers and fills that area with a nice sound.

A classic under-counter AM/FM/CD unit. It still sounds good but the LED displayed has faded to black. The CD player never really worked correctly.

A basic clock radio with AM/FM.

My MP3 player. It does have FM radio.

Car Radios

Car radios count, don't they? This is a Sony EXR-20 AM/FM/Cassette.

This is a Pioneer KP-500.

This is a Pioneer KE-4242, currently not installed in anything.

This is a Pioneer KE-something.

This is the AM/FM/CD in a Suburban.

Other Radios

This is a crystal radio I designed and built in about 2010. I was going for style rather than function but it works just the same.

Click on an image to enlarge it.

Updated January 2021.