Before the age of television, there was a period spanning 50 years during which radio was the primary popular medium for entertainment and an important channel for news and special events. Many of us lived through or in that period and have clear and fond memories of the role radio played in our lives. If you are too young to recall radio as other than a format for top-40 music and traffic reports, here is a look back at the phenomenon that entertained, informed and enlightened your parents and grandparents. And if you do have personal memories, see how many of them you can find mentioned in this exhibit.
Antique Radio Classified
Information about antique radio collecting and the history of early radio.
Antique Wireless Association
Organization interested in history of radio and radio communication.
"Doc" Herrold story 1 hour TV broadcast by KTEH
Charles "Doc" Herrold website Lots of material from Mike Adams and Gordon Greb about this radio pioneer.
IEEE historycenter IEEE list of sites related to broadcast technology
Radio Attic archives Comprehensive set of over 3,000 images of antique radios.
Radio Era Archives Commercial site, but many resources here, including operating and maintenance manuals for old radios.
Guide to Old Radios
: David and Betty Johnson
Wallace and Homestead Book Company, Radnor, PA, 1989
The Legacies of Edwin Howard Armstrong Proceedings of the Radio Club or America, Volume 63, Number 3, November, 1990
The Story of Charles Herrold, Broadcasting's Forgotten Father:
Antique Radio Classified, Volume 11, Number 10, October 1994
This virtual exhibit incorporates elements of two MOAH exhibits:
When Radio Was KingBack Room Treasures
Chairman: Bill Wehrend
J. Robert Beck
Lorri Ruiz Frain
Connie Young Yu
Photography Wayland Lee
And a very special thanks to Art Adams for his expertise and loaned artifacts.
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