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Vintage Radio Zenith R-615 Model (1954)
This 1952 Zenith radio model R615 is an AM radio featuring the classic Zenith round dial design, which became their brand name recognized design. This art deco style vintage radio incorporates the tuning and volume knobs into the legs of the Bakelite cabinet. Although this is not listed as a "portable" radio, this radio features a handle on top. This is a working Bakelite tabletop model Zenith vintage radio.
Antique Zenith Tabletop Bakelite Radio
Vintage Radio Specifications
Manufacturer: Zenith Radio Corp., Chicago, IL
Model: R615, Serial: Y-247648
Principle: Super-Heterodyne; ZF/IF 455 kHz; 2 AF stages
Valves/Tubes: 6 - 12BA6, 12BE6, 12BA6, 12AT6, 35C5, 35W4
Tuned Circuits: 7 AM circuits
Wave Bands: Broadcast only (MW)
Loudspeaker: Permanent Magnet Dynamic (PDyn) Loudspeaker (moving coil)
Power: 30 Watts Chassis 6J605, 117 Volt AC/DC
Material: Moulded Bakelite
Dimensions: 13" x 8" x 7"
Weight: 6.167 lbs / 2.8 kg
Zenith Radio History
Co-founded in 1918 as the Chicago Radio Labs in Chicago, Illinois, by Ralph Matthews and Karl Hassell, the name "Zenith" was derived from the founder's ham radio call sign, 9ZN. Eugene F. McDonald joined the team in 1921, and they formally incorporated Zenith Radio Company in 1923. The following year they introduced their first portable radio, and in 1926 they mass-produced the first AC radio. The first push-button tuning radio was launched the next year, and radio were added to cars in the 1930s. In 1940 Zenith launched the very first FM radio station in Chicago. Zenith went on to create televisions, picture tubes, remote controls, stereo systems, recording devices, VCRs, and HDTVs. Facing financial difficulties, Zenith sold their shares to LG Electronics in 1995 and 1999.
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L.A. Dodgers Broadcaster Charley Steiners' Zenith Radio
In November 2013, Dodgers broadcaster Charley Steiner was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame. Steiner grew up in Long Island, and as a kid listened to the Brooklyn Dodgers games on a radio in his mother's kitchen. In an L.A. Times articles he says "My parents bought a big old Zenith radio and I spent hours, ear pressed to it, listening to the Dodgers." With the memory of his initial love of radio sports announcing, and the new Hall of Fame status, Charley wanted to locate an old Zenith radio to add to his career trophy collection. Scottsdale Art Factory's collection of classic Americana, allowed this iconic radio personality the ability to obtain the Zenith radio he listened to as a kid, and keep it on his achievement memorabilia display.
Source: wikipedia.org, radiomuseum.org, antiqueradiomuseum.org, latimes.com