The first transistor radio was sold to the American public in 1954. My first transistor radio was around 1962. My old man paid a fortune for it, in today's dollars (around $80, if I remember right). Now they give them away and we use that technology to put the US Post Office out of business. Go figure.

Van Morrison often pays homage to the transistor radio, as in Brown Eyed Girl.

I got my first transistor radio in 1976. It was made by Panasonic, and was white plastic with a metal shield over the lower two-thirds of the box to protect the speaker. It took a single AA battery. The right side had a thumbdial for frequency (AM, naturally) and the left had a volume control. It had a lanyard on the left side to be looped around the wrist.

This little radio was a fun novelty for a year or so after I got it for Hanukah. Then I lost it in my room and forgot about it. A few years later, it turned up during a cleaning as I packed for summer camp. I clicked it on - it worked fine. I took it with me that summer, and for the next seven summers. The ritual was the same; upon returning from camp, I'd promptly lose it in my room again, usually not to find it until the next summer.

After I stopped going to camp, I saw it less frequently. It would always surface, though; and when it did, it was always fine. I finally realized that in all this time, I had never changed the battery; nevertheless, it worked fine.

it still sits in my dresser drawer. It still works. I still haven't changed the battery.

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