The ‘golden age of radio’ may be gone, but antique radios are still going strong. Whether you’re interested in a specific manufacturer (RCA, Philco, Zenith, Crosley, Emerson) or style (catalin, transistor, cathedral or console), there’s a radio out there for you.

You can identify most antique radios by model number, which can include any combination of letters and numbers. If you don't see a manufacturer's name, look inside the chassis, as it may be stamped on the tubes or other components.

The earliest radios were typically bare components (e.g. glass tubes) mounted on a board. Later came plain wooden or metal boxes, and by the late 1920s, elaborate cabinets designed to look like real furniture. Cathedral and tombstone style wooden cabinets were popular during the 1930s. And Art Deco style radios made of Bakelite, Catalin and other early resins or plastics (Plaskon, Beetle, etc) became popular during the 1930s and 1940s. Transistors were introduced in 1957, displacing tubes and enabling miniaturization.

Although you may be able to play an unrestored antique radio, note that its capacitors are likely to fail without warning (and may also pose a fire hazard), so replacing them pre-emptively is advisable.

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HeraldNet, October 5th

Radio, antique: The Puget Sound Antique Radio Association meets noon third Sundays (except June and December) at the Cedar Valley Grange, 20526 52nd Ave. W., Lynnwood. Dedicated to the preservation and restoration of antique radio and wireless...Read more

Busan: Tamil-language 'Radio Set' a First for Festival
Variety, October 2nd

picturesque South Indian coastal state and former French colony Puducherry (previously Pondicherry), “Radiopetti” is the story of an endearing old man who finds solace in his past while listening to musical melodies of his younger days on his...Read more

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Premier Guitar, October 2nd

The Pro model features a naturally reliced vintage radio cabinet and is priced at $499. Both models feature tone-matched vintage speakers for unsurpassed tone. “I've always loved the look and the feel of those radios,” Arens admits, “and the...Read more

Diana Krall review – intimately affecting and nostalgic pop-jazz
The Guardian, October 1st

An aura of nostalgia, created by illuminated vintage radios decorating the stage, was certainly enhanced with her opening choice – the springy groove of We Just Couldn't Say Goodbye, recorded by the Paul Whiteman Orchestra and Bix Beiderbecke in 1932, ...Read more

Vintage radio station Angel Radio damaged in fire
BBC News, September 23rd

A community radio station run by pensioners has gone off air after a fire broke out at its studios. Fire broke out at Angel Radio's studios in Havant, Hampshire shortly after 07:00 BST. Hampshire Fire and Rescue said three fire crews tackled the blaze...Read more

Tune in: Expert to speak at Rancho Santa Fe Library on antique radio sets
Rancho Santa Fe Review, September 12th

“Picture in your mind the ultimate Radiola reference book with detailed information on each model,” wrote reviewer Alan Douglas in Antique Radio Classified. “Multiply that by 10 and you have a fair idea of Eric's book.” “I'm hoping anyone who is...Read more

Tune into 'Antique Radio'
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Up on stage for their first official gig at GVA Cafe in downtown Morgan Hill, four local neighborhood kids—calling themselves Antique Radio—performed as one in front of a crowd of family and friends. “We had a good turnout. The vocals were on top of...Read more

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