Sunday, April 18, 2010
The TR6 Transistor Radio - Excerpted from Chapter Twelve of Seven-Inch-Vinyl
(The unpublished Novel: Copyright 2010 Donald Riggio)
Working under licenses granted by Bell Laboratories, an electronics company called, Texas Instruments, worked to come up with a practical, inexpensive mass-market use for a solid- state-amplifying device called the transistor. The low frequency device was only suitable for audio applications. It seemed logical for someone to develop a small, hand held radio.
Soon after, the Regency TR1 transistorized radio went on the market. It was five inches high and used four germanium transistors powered by a battery. The company believed that with all the cold war paranoia sweeping the nation, the transistor radio would become the essential survival tool every family and fallout shelter needed. They missed their market by a wide margin.
The radio would become essential, not for survival against a nuclear attack, but for the survival of the American teenager. Now they could listen to their own brand of music whenever and wherever they pleased. It created a form of aural integration. The songs had no race. They had no color.
Rock and Roll quote of the day: "And if we went to a party, and they wouldn't let us sing. We'd lock ourselves in the bathroom and nobody could get in." From - Looking for an Echo, By- Kenny Vance and the Planotones.