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Radio Tower 26: The History of Radios with John Vuolo, 1920s edition.

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Release Date: 11/07/2020

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LIRTVHS board member John Vuolo, a radio collector and restoration expert, discusses radios from the 1920s. How did they operate, how many survive, and how do you go about making them work again?

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We're running a miniseries of interviews with LIRTVHS board member John Vuolo about the history and development of radios.

John is a radio collector and restoration expert, in charge of helping build and maintain the Society's collections.

Today we tackle the 1920s and the earliest commercially-available sets. How did they operate, how many survive, and how do you go about making them work again?