Friday, March 20, 2009

My retro office companion

I have for some years always been interested in radio. I started collecting old time radio shows like the Shadow and Sherlock Holmes when I was in middle school on cassette tapes you could buy at Cracker Barrel or wherever.

When I got older and the internet and MP3 technology became accessible, I began collecting radio shows in MP3 form to the point of thousands of shows.

I worked on radio a bit in college and even built a small radio from a kit. I have just always been fascinated with radio technology. I was always saddened that they stopped making quality radios. If you look at some place like www.radioattic.com, the beautiful woodworking of older radios from the 40s and 50s were incredible.

I decided with my new office that I was going to get a vintage looking radio. I found this modern affectation, a remake of a aviator dial "coffin style" Crosley radio with a CD player on ebay.

What's neat is that you can get the short range FM radio broadcaster like I have pictured above. These have a range of about 10 to 20 feet, and can be bought for 20 dollars or so. What's neat is you can hook it up to your IPod or Computer and broadcast. So I can listen to my retro radio from my higher tech computer.

You can also broadcast internet radio streaming from BBC radio 4 or something as well, which is really neat.

Next stop, perhaps HAM radio? We will see.
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2 comments:

The Archer of the Forest said...

Coincidentally, if you want to listen to the King's College Cambridge Choral Evensong edition, you can listen here for the next two days.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00j18mp

Virtual Office Solutions said...

Wow that is a pretty cool retro gadget to keep you company in your office! That is indeed a remarkable piece!