Category: Radio

  • Unveiling the Early Days of Radio Broadcasting in Wyoming: A Blend of Technology and Politics

    Unveiling the Early Days of Radio Broadcasting in Wyoming: A Blend of Technology and Politics

    In the second part of this radio history column, we delve into the early days of radio broadcasting, revealing a fascinating connection between technology and politics. While KWYO Radio officially began airing in 1934, the roots of radio in Wyoming can be traced back several years prior. One notable event took place on June 5,…

  • Evolution of Electrical Measuring Instruments: A Historical Collection

    Evolution of Electrical Measuring Instruments: A Historical Collection

    When EDN published its first issue in 1956, electrical measuring instruments looked a little different than they do today. Howard Skolnik, a former colleague and key analog mentor from my Burr-Brown days, has always had a passion for significant products made by pioneering electrical instrument companies and has accumulated a large collection over the years…

  • Transforming Vintage Radios into Bluetooth Speakers: A Fusion of Nostalgia and Modernity

    Transforming Vintage Radios into Bluetooth Speakers: A Fusion of Nostalgia and Modernity

    Transforming a vintage radio into a Bluetooth speaker is not just a creative way to repurpose old technology; it’s also a stylish nod to the past. The allure of vintage AM/FM radios, with their designer aesthetics, is undeniable. They possess a charm that modern Bluetooth speakers, despite their technological advancements, often lack. This project merges…

  • G.D. Narasimha: Preserving the Charm of Vintage Radios

    G.D. Narasimha: Preserving the Charm of Vintage Radios

    In a world rapidly transitioning to digital, where sleek and compact gadgets dominate, the charm and grandeur of vintage radios hold a special allure for enthusiasts like G.D. Narasimha of Mysuru. These radios, once central to family gatherings for listening to classical music, news broadcasts, and sports commentaries, have largely been replaced by modern devices…

  • The Legacy of KBCA 105.1 FM: A Journey Through Los Angeles Radio History

    The Legacy of KBCA 105.1 FM: A Journey Through Los Angeles Radio History

    KCRW has recently announced the cancellation of the much-anticipated Good Food PieFest, originally scheduled for this Sunday. The decision comes in light of ongoing campus protests at UCLA, prioritizing the safety and best interests of all participants. The event, a cherished part of the KCRW community, may find a new date in the future, with…

  • Quad 303 and 33: Icons of Vintage Audio Excellence

    Quad 303 and 33: Icons of Vintage Audio Excellence

    The Quad 303 and 33 are iconic British vintage audio components that have stood the test of time, both in design and performance. Originating from a brand that has been a significant player in the high-end audio market since 1957, these pieces are a testament to the enduring quality and appeal of vintage audio gear.…

  • “Starting Out” Newsletter: Guidance for Aspiring Audio Makers

    “Starting Out” Newsletter: Guidance for Aspiring Audio Makers

    Embarking on a career in public radio and audio production can be daunting, but resources like the “Starting Out” newsletter provide invaluable guidance for those at the beginning of their journey. Curated by Alice Wilder, the newsletter is a treasure trove of job postings, resource guides, and interviews designed to help early-career audio makers navigate…

  • K.C. Rajendran: A Radio Collector’s Journey

    K.C. Rajendran: A Radio Collector’s Journey

    K.C. Rajendran’s journey into the world of radio collecting started at a tender age of eight in Chembukkavu, near Thrissur. His initial fascination with music led him to persuade his father to buy him a second-hand Philips radio for ₹15, marking the beginning of what would become a lifelong passion. Over the years, Rajendran’s hobby…

  • Unveiling Vintage Audio Treasures: Realistic by RadioShack

    Unveiling Vintage Audio Treasures: Realistic by RadioShack

    For those intrigued by the allure of vintage audio but constrained by a budget, the long-retired Realistic brand from RadioShack might just offer some hidden gems worth exploring. Despite being overshadowed by more prominent names like Marantz, Pioneer, and McIntosh, Realistic carved out its niche in the hi-fi world with a range of products that…

  • Unraveling the Mystery of Fast Radio Bursts from Ancient Galaxies

    Unraveling the Mystery of Fast Radio Bursts from Ancient Galaxies

    Mysterious radio waves have struck Earth after an incredible journey across the cosmos, originating from an event that took place around 8 billion years ago. This event, known as a fast radio burst (FRB), is a brief yet intense flash of radio-frequency electromagnetic radiation. Despite lasting only a fraction of a second, an FRB can…