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Raised on Radio: 1942

Raised on Radio: 1942

Spring 1942. Provincetown, Massachusetts. "Family of a Portuguese dory fisher­man." Photo by John Collier for the Office of War Information. View full size.

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I was listening to...

Hop Harrigan, Lone ranger, The Shadow, Buster Brown and others. Denver, Colorado didn't get TV until 1952. As a high school senior, I installed TV antennas that summer For Joslin's Dry Goods store.

The pictures are better!!

Reminds me of the two children being questioned by a news reporter at the 1939 New York World’s Fair. The kids had just viewed a television for the first time. The reporter asked the kids “Well you have now seen television, which do you like better, television or radio?” One of the kids says “Radio!” The perplexed reporter asked “Why’s that?” The kid says “The pictures are better!” I wonder what the same kids would think about 4K TV today?

The radio in this photo appears to be a 1935 RCA Model 117.

Bigger Screen

My brother and I listened to our favorite programs every night after supper. And the screen was limited only by the size of our own imaginations. In many ways I really liked radio better than TV! I'm sure that folks today, especially kids, would never understand that sentiment!

At Last! An Answer to a Persistent Question!

I have often asked my father something like this: "What did you look at while you were listening to the radio in the olden days?" He usually says, "We looked at the radio." Quod erat demonstrandum!

You were right, Maria --

We should have got a bigger screen.

OG Cartoons

Shhh -- I think I hear Plankton trying to steal the Krusty Krab secret formula again! Will SpongeBob stop him in time??

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