Posts Tagged ‘antiques’

Aug. 15 2015

Bob’s Radio Gallery #8

By Bob Lenio | Posted in Staff Blogs | 1 Comment

This Zenith 6D030’s cabinetry was designed by Charles and Ray Eames, most known for their mid-century furniture designs, such as the Eames Chair.  Their designs utilized a process for making compound bends in plywood, which resulted in stylish products at a time when the industry was still suffering from wartime material shortages.  This Zenith radio […]

Feb. 08 2015

Engineer Bob’s Radio Gallery

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RCA “Smoker’s Radio” This RCA AM table radio has the unique feature of a built in cigarette lighter! (click any image to view full-sized.)   It’s nothing high-tech, even by 1956 standards, but a standard cigarette lighter as would be found on the dashboard of any automobile of that time.   When found, the lighter element […]

Dec. 17 2014

Another installment of Bob’s Radio Gallery

By Bob Lenio | Posted in Staff Blogs | 2 Comments

The Vogue Radio-Mike was the forerunner to the Mister Microphone and other devices that enabled the user to become a home broadcaster. You could amaze and mystify your friends by broadcasting your own voice over your own radio. It was sold by mail-order through ads that appeared in magazines, such as Popular Mechanics. This unit […]

Oct. 10 2014

ENGINEER BOB’S RADIO GALLERY IS BACK!

By Bob Lenio | Posted in Staff Blogs | 2 Comments

This radio is a GLF model F-770, circa 1948.  GLF stands for Grange League Federation, which was a farmer’s co-op in upstate New York.  In the late forties, the Grange League Federation founded six FM stations in upstate New York and formed the Rural Radio Network to serve farming communities.   They marketed these well-built 10 […]

Dec. 19 2013

Engineer Bob’s Radio Gallery – Winter Edition!

By Bob Lenio | Posted in Staff Blogs | 1 Comment

  This beautiful radio is The Auditron Single Channel FM Radio, with the original box!   This radio does not have a tuning control. It is set to receive a single station. The knob below the phony dial is merely a fine-tuning control. This one came factory tuned to WFLN-FM, the now defunct Philadelphia classical […]

Aug. 21 2013

If You Have To Ask, You Probably Want To Learn Something

By Dyana Neal | Posted in Host Blogs | No Comments

The 33rd Baltimore Summer Antiques Show is being held at the Baltimore Convention Center this Thursday-Sunday. Once again, WBJC’s booth will be set up at the show so that members of our staff can meet and greet listeners who have a passion for gorgeous retro items as well as classical music. Some find antiques intimidating, […]

Aug. 09 2013

Stereo, but in a different way

By Bob Lenio | Posted in Staff Blogs | 3 Comments

This late nineteen-fifties Emerson model 908 table radio received stereo broadcasts  years before the current FM multiplex stereo standard was adopted.  Some AM&FM broadcast stations were starting to experiment with stereo broadcasting by  using their AM signal for the left channel and their FM for the right, or vice-versa. This radio allows you to listen […]

Jun. 15 2013

Engineer Bob’s Radio Gallery 2

By Bob Lenio | Posted in Staff Blogs | 2 Comments

GE “Atomic 440” Radio  From the “Atomic” design style of the 1950’s. I saw one of these radios in an old photo of WBJC’s transmitter site (actual picture!), so I had to have one!   This GE “Atomic 440” radio has seven tubes and a selenium rectifier. There is a phono input on the back.   I […]

Mar. 16 2013

Engineer Bob’s Radio Gallery

By Bob Lenio | Posted in Staff Blogs | 3 Comments

This Emerson radio dates back to the late 1940’s. The cabinet was designed by the studios of Raymond Loewy, famed industrial designer.  Lowey was responsible for the design of the Shell Oil logo, Studebaker automobiles, Coca-cola products and the US postal service eagle logo.  It was quite unusual for a company like Emerson to build […]

May. 22 2012

When a Minimalist Marries a Maximalist

By Dyana Neal | Posted in Host Blogs | No Comments

Let’s just say that things are bound to get interesting at times. Not that Jim & I fight about my love of collecting – really, “hoarding” is such an ugly word! – but we have had the occasional, er, discussion over the years. There are non-contentious areas, to be sure. Both of us are clotheshorses, […]

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