Dating blues deluxe amp
The first unit we played with was his Channel Master model "6305A" – a small, portable, AC/DC unit, which was purchased new at Rochester Radio.
We spent many afternoons calling local radio stations (primarily WBBF AM 950) making spontaneous requests, and trying to win prizes while recording the antics to enjoy later.
Raising the right side revealed the AM radio tuner – with illuminated dial, and dark brown Bakelite knobs.
Under the wider, left side, the turntable was accessible.
My parents were members of the Columbia Record Club and received regular shipments of new music.
I have since inherited all of those 12 inch vinyl LP ("long playing") gems, and believe they stood the test of time rather well.
Household favorites played on the RCA system included The Village Stompers (Dixieland Jazz), Louis Armstrong, Oscar Peterson, Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, to name only a few.
The famous RCA logo with the dog (Nipper) listening to "His Master's Voice" was on the inside of the phono cover.
I spent quite a few afternoons and early evenings laying on the dining-room floor listening to various types of music – admiring the colorful record labels.
The inclusion of shortwave in American radio sets during this period was less common, but there were certain markets (amateur radio, and general shortwave listening) for which specialized radios were produced and sold.
The autobiographical section, "Enduring Association with Radio" was included because the radio listening experience changed significantly since the time I first became drawn to the medium.
In our own home, we had a circa 1956 RCA "Orthophonic" (model SHF-8) phonograph.