Midget Robot Selects Programs (Sep, 1935)

Midget Robot Selects Programs

ADDING the last word of luxury to the radio-phonograph instrument, electrical engineers have produced a remote control box less than half the size of a cigar box that can select radio programs, adjust the volume, turn from radio to phonograph, and even select the desired record. It operates from any room.

Radio Sound Effects Given New Realism (Jul, 1940)

Radio Sound Effects Given New Realism

AN INNOVATION in sound effects provides new realism for radio dramas. Heretofore, experts using standard artifices of the stage have had no difficulty in simulating such things as a knock on a door, a ringing telephone bell, or a revolver shot. But now, for the first time, they are going farther and creating appropriate “sound backgrounds” for each scene. A man’s voice takes on a different quality over a bridge table, and across a room. A woman’s voice indoors and outdoors doesn’t sound the same. Close your eyes in a forest, and you still hear familiar forest sounds. The same “background” would startle you in a city apartment where you might expect to hear, instead, the rumble of a surface car or subway, the sound of a radio next door, or the hum of a refrigerator.

Radio – Television – Electronics – HELPFUL HINTS FOR 1950 (Mar, 1950)

Wow, that sure is a tiny hearing aid. You almost need giant TV magnifier to see it!

Radio – Television – Electronics – HELPFUL HINTS FOR 1950
A—Producing large-size images from TV screens of nominal dimensions, this glare-less, flat and extremely thin lightweight screen utilizes the Fresnel principle of magnification. Advantages are claimed to include good optical quality and freedom from edge distortion. The magnifying element of the screen is a thin sheet of Plexi-glas into which hundreds of tiny circular grooves are pressed. It includes a glare filter and enlarges the image from a 10-in. TV tube up to the size received on a 16-in. tube.

RCA RADIOLA 60 Super-Heterodyne (Feb, 1929)

I think that “$147 (less Radiotrons)” means they don’t even include the vacuum tubes, you have to pay extra for those. That’s sort of like selling an mp3 player with no memory in it. Doesn’t do you a lot of good.

RCA RADIOLA 60 Super-Heterodyne

Radio receiver and speaker as separate units permit a flexibility in arrangement not possible with the larger cabinet combinations.

The “60” Super-Heterodyne may be put on a library shelf or a small side table, and be connected with the speaker placed anywhere in the room or in another room.

The best reproducer to use with the “60” is the new “106” Electro-Dynam-ic. This is the same type as that used in the de luxe cabinet models of the new Super-Heterodynes.

Political Spellbinding by Radio (Dec, 1924)

“Perhaps its greatest contribution has been the elimination of empty phrases. A speaker with a vivid personality can say nothing, and say it attractively, but the man who tries to deliver the same speech to the radio, where only words count, is doomed to failure.”

I’m not sure that was ever really true, just look at Rush Limbaugh. Then TV came along and well…. you know the rest.

Political Spellbinding by Radio

ONE hundred and ten million Americans will have the opportunity next March of listening to the inauguration of the first ruler of any nation to be chosen after a radio campaign. While thousands heard the three presidential candidates in person, millions more at some time or other during the campaign heard their voices over the radio, and that same opportunity will be extended when the inaugural address is delivered. The old – fashioned spellbinder climbed down off the stump in this campaign of 1924 and settled himself in front of a microphone, and incidentally some of the political speakers had to fit themselves to an entirely new form of public speaking. Picturesque and vivid personalities are lost on the radio audience. The speaker’s individuality counts for nothing, and what he says for everything when the listener is sitting a hundred or a thousand miles away. Words have displaced gestures as vote getters.

Latest Fads, Fancies and Novelties to Be Found in the World of Radio (Jun, 1924)

The radio that you tune by opening and closing the fan looks awesome and the lobster claw radio is genius. I can’t believe that no one has had the brilliant idea to cram an MP3 player into one yet. It seems like in the mid twenties the fun thing to do was to stuff a radio into anything and everything you could. This reminds me of the current fascination for making crazy things that plug into a USB port.

Latest Fads, Fancies and Novelties to Be Found in the World of Radio

The Dentist’s Chair Has Lost Its Terrors for This Little Chap, Who Forgets the Ache of His Tooth When He Clamps on the Head Phones

A Real Radio Fan; the Set Is Tuned by Opening and Closing the Leaf Coils

Parisiennes May Now Enjoy Radio Programs While Strolling along the Boulevards, by Using the Umbrella Set Devised by a Paris Inventor

ORBITING NEEDLES To Aid Communication (Jan, 1961)

ORBITING NEEDLES To Aid Communication

A MAN-MADE ionosphere—composed of millions of tiny metal needles—soon may replace the ionized layer of atmosphere presently used in radio communication. The artificial ionosphere, actually two narrow bands of needles, 3,000 to 6,000 miles from Earth, will make possible for the first time reliable, high-quality and low-cost, television, voice radio and teletype communication between any two points on Earth.

Unlike the natural ionosphere, the bands will stay at the same distance from Earth, have a constant density and the same radio-reflecting qualities undisturbed by storms and sunspots. The system has been developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Air Force Air Research and Development Command.

From Stage Thrills to Radio Drama (Dec, 1924)

From Stage Thrills to Radio Drama

Behind the Scenes in Studio Where Weird Devices Give Realistic Effects for Unseen Listeners

A SHOT rang out on the still night air, as the old-time fiction writers used to begin their stories. A farmer’s family in Maine; a banker in his library in a middle-western city, and a group of cowpunchers in a bunk house in Texas listened breathlessly; for the sound was carried by wireless. Untold thousands of radio fans scattered from the Atlantic to the Pacific and from the Canadian border to the Gulf of Mexico heard it, too, for all of them were tuned in on the drama “Pierre of the Plains,” broadcast from an eastern city.

The old-time thriller of the past, that reached its glory when the box office hung out the “S. R. O.” sign—standing room only—may have had as many as twelve hundred people hanging breathlessly on the actor’s lines, but nowadays when a melodrama is put on the air its invisible audience may run into the millions.



An ultra-short-wave radio station has been installed at Vatican City, Italy, for communication between the Vatican and the summer residence of Pope Pius XI at Castel Gandolfo, twenty miles away. The set uses waves only fifty-seven centimeters (about twenty-one inches) in length. According to its noted designer, Gugleilmo Marconi, it represents the ”first practical application of microwaves.” Marconi has been endeavoring for more than thirty years to harness these waves, which are a minute fraction of the length of those used in ordinary broadcasting.

Pencil Forms Midget Radio Set (Sep, 1934)

Pencil Forms Midget Radio Set
A MIDGET crystal set, built into a common lead pencil, is the technician’s answer to demands for a personalized radio receiver. The crystal and cat’s whisker are built into eraser end of pencil. Headphones complete the outfit. Construction plans for a similar device were carried in the May issue of this magazine.