Monday, November 19, 2012

Day 1141 - Transistor Radio

Monday Memories - When was the last time you saw a transistor radio?

Apparently my kids have never seen one before! That came as a surprise but what shocked us more was their complete and utter wonder during their first transistor experience.

The Trannie. Our first portable listening device (as opposed to the bloke down the road who dresses in his mum's clothes).  The Trannie was around long before the Walkman.  It was a regular feature at BBQs and the beach.

I have some recollection of a transistor radio in my childhood. I think it may have looked a bit like that one up there in the brown leather case.  You don't often see them around anymore with everyone ear-phoned up in their own private audio world.

My husband is very fond of the trannie (the radio, not the bloke down the road).  He is a big cricket fan and for him the transistor radio is a summer accessory for he and his golfing buddies to play their game while listening to the cricket together. He had a recent golfing trip to the coast and stopped in to see his folks on the way down. It was then he picked up his Dad's radio to use on the trip.

Yesterday he took the kids to the pool and took the radio along with him.   By all accounts they were completely and utterly intrigued by it.  It was a brand new experience for them and they thought it was the coolest thing ever.  Tahlia was marveling at the need to tune in the radio station with a little "wheel" and Darby just kept pulling the aerial in and out and listening to the quality change in the process. Both of them were testing out the strength of volume by seeing how far they could walk before they couldn't hear it anymore.  By all accounts it kept them entertained for a good half hour or so.

Oh how times have changed.  Sure does make me feel "worldly" (which is just a nice way of saying "old")


  1. How about a Walkman?...husband still uses one (cuz he doesn't have iPod)....well, one day youngest took with us to a baseball game and ALl the kids who saw it were like "what is that".."what does it do"...

  2. LOL. That's funny. Was it the CD Walkman or the cassette tape?

  3. Cassette tape!.....I'll have to take a photo and send to was truly funny when they had not-a-clue to what it was!

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