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Do You Remember: Vintage Radios
It was called the "Golden Age of Radio" in the 1940s and 1950s. Although thoughts recall the radio programing of the day when we hear the term, the equipment itself was also "golden," so to speak.
Fairmont, MN-based Woodward Broadcasting Company owner Charles "Woody" Woodward has assembled an impressive collection of vintage radios and broadcast equipment on display at the offices of the two-station cluster (KSUM 1370 AM and KFMC 106.5 FM).
A far cry from the present day high-tech miniature ipods and satellite radio receivers, the radios and broadcast equipment of the "Golden Age" were American-made works of art. Fine-crafted wooden radio cabinets hid an assortment of tubes and transistors that cast a golden glow of their own when the power was switched on. Many of the vintage radios featured dials printed with the call letters of powerhouse Midwestern broadcast stations of the day, such as WGN, WCCO, KROC, WHO, WTCN and KSTF. Some models could allow listeners to tune in the local police frequencies as well.
"I started the collection at the station a number of years ago," Woodward explains. "Over the years my ex-father-in-law would go to estate sales, find old radios and restore them. I built-up the collection mainly for when school kids come to the stations for tours."
Woodward jokes, "The kids always ask what the wood boxes with the knobs are. And when I tell them they're radios, they're surprised and a bit baffled."
Kreiss is a photographer based in Minnesota. See more of his work at www.josephkreissphotography.zoomshare.com.
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