The 1920's through 1940's are generally considered to be the Golden Age of Radio -- a period when radio, much like television today, was the primary source of entertainment in the home. Live music, comedy, drama, and variety shows drew the entire family together to listen and imagine.
Most radios of the day were big, relatively expensive contraptions usually housed in cabinets that were, in themselves, beautiful pieces of furniture. They were made by literally hundreds of manufacturers, large and small, throughout the USA. Some of the big names, like Zenith, and Magnavox, and General Electric are still known today. Others, like Atwater Kent, Farnsworth, and Crosley are remembered only by those of a "certain age." Some companies made hundreds of different models over several decades while other only produced a few before folding.
Very early models were battery operated, since most homes did not have electricity yet, while later models had new-fangled features such as push button tuning. There were even some "portable" radios - a relative term.
FM had not yet been invented but Shortwave was popular and many models of the 30's and 40's could tune in stations from around the world, not to mention police, aircraft, and amateur radio stations closer to home.
Golden Age Radios is dedicated to the preservation of our early radio and electronic heritage.
If you have a vintage radio, we will restore its appearence and function giving you with a beautiful, interesting, and functional conversation piece for your home.
If you don't have your own, we have a wide variety of models and styles to fit your decor and budget. All are fully restored and working with a one year guarantee.
If you have a pre-1950 radio or other electronic device you'd like to sell, we'd love to hear about it.
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The Golden Age of radio produced some of the finest performers and programming of the 20th century. Here are some links to programs for your listening pleasure as well as the history of radio during this time.
Old Radio World has a wide varieties of shows for free download.
Live365.com has several internet old time radios stations. We can add an audio input to most radios. Create your own time machine!
And, for the true aficionado, the Old-Time Radio site has just about everything you want to know along with links to still more.