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Monday, April 20, 2015

Gathering 'round the radio

It might look hokey and of course it's staged, but I still thought this was a charming photo.

15 comments:

  1. I agree and find it interesting that gathering around the radio is charming while gathering around the TV isn't. Perhaps if the TV had on an old show and was one of the older, furniture types of TVs I might give it more credit.

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  2. I can remember listening to the radio plays as a boy. I remember when my brother and I came home on the bus and saw a TV antenna peaking over the roof of the house. We said "it can't be can it? We ran the 100 yards to the front door and yes there it was! It had all of a 12" screen and we sat down and watched the lone ranger as my first TV show. I think I was about 8 or so. I think it is a little like reading a book instead of watching a movie. I like making the scene up in my head rather than having someone else just showing me the scene as he saw it. I ran across Sky King on you tube a year ago and could not believe how bad it was. I can remember loving that show as a boy but watching it now it is just very bad.

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  3. I remember when we got our first stromburg-carlson TV. It had a beautiful humungus cherry cabinate. Folding doors in the front and a 5" screen. I can remember at the wonder of the Mickey Mouse club...My parents still preferred the old radio. We looked just like the folks in this pic.

    Carl in the UP

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  4. Since I'm a bit older than you are, I do remember doing exactly that. I even have a pic of my brother and me in our pj's lying (laying?) on the floor listening to one of our mystery shows on a radio that looks quite a bit like the one in the picture. And while my mom didn't wear heels around the house, she did wear really cute house dresses.

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  5. I download old time radio shows to my ipod. Listen every day, all day long. They were GREAT , no p.c. crap, and very funny, or scary.It is sad that a vehicle so good for the imagination, is pretty much dead.

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    1. Into the Mid 70's the Sears Theater of Mind was available on AM radio. These were 1 hour shows that were absolutely great. I would love to hear them again.

      Carl

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  6. Jim, would you happen to have a link? Appreciated!
    LSM

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  7. Hi Patrice,

    Picture an informed family, sitting around the radio, listening to news from around the world, when the electricity is off. A simple HF ham radio, with a solar panel, a small charge controller, a simple antenna, and a battery from a vehicle that doesn't run away. Any family can listen to AM commercial radio, if it's available; shortwave radio from around the world; and ham radio operators, also from around the world. If need be, this radio can also be used for transmitting. Imagine being able to know what's happening around the world, when the vast majority of people are in the dark. Food for thought.

    Frank

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  8. No crudeness...no soft porn commercials...no cursing...no vulgarity....no more.

    Thanks for the sweet memory, Patrice.

    A. McSp

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  9. I remember the old radio shows that my brother, sisters, and me would listen too. Then we would use my fathers huge tape recorder to make our own, copying the show "The Shadow knows", ( I believe that was the name of it).

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    1. YES!!! The Shadow Knows was great!

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  10. http://www.dumb.com/oldtimeradio/ Many, many old radio shows....listen on your computer.

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  11. Thank you Jane! Do you have a favorite? There are so many I don't know where to start!

    Thanks again!
    LSM

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  12. My Mom said they actually sat in front of the radio and " watched" it !!! Grandma said in the evenings when she was a girl they'd gather round the "isinglass" stove and watch that in the evenings! And now we watch the boob tube. I do remember the radio shows into the 1970's I enjoyed while baking brownies!

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  13. My kids listen to "kid's radio" every sat am in their room! Two shows come on, Life at the Pond and Adventures in Odyssey. They dark out to make their own breakfast in between the shows, and are happily quiet in their room from 8-10am! And me....I sleep in, lazily! It's cute how much they LOVE listening to the shows. (We don't have a tv, but do watch some older shows online, on netflix w the kids....currently on season 6 or 7 of The Andy Griffith Show!)

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