Put a Radio Gift in That Stocking!
holiday gift-buying season is a great excuse to share some radio love
with friends, family and colleagues who may or may not be as
passionate about radio as you are. With that, here’s a short gift
guide featuring some of my go-to gifts for all kinds of recipients.
your loved ones don’t own a portable emergency radio, the holidays
are the perfect excuse to help them amp up their
killer storms in the Midwest and the Philippines are just another
reminder of why it’s crucial to have access to a radio for news and
information during a crisis. I’ve got a small Eton Microlink FR 150
which can be charged with a hand crank, with a solar cell and with a
USB connection. The AM/FM radio also has weather radio bands as well
as a flashlight. A newer Eton model, the FRX1, is even more stylish
with a modern design available in a range of hues. The Eton Solarlink
FR370 has similar features and can also charge a smart phone so that
you can make a quick emergency call.
life changed drastically when I received a standalone Internet radio
as a birthday gift. Now I find myself listening to out-of-range radio
stations far more frequently since I can just turn on a radio to tune
in to streams from afar. It’s a bonus that I can also use the same
Internet radio as an alarm clock so that I can wake up to the sounds
of my favorite radio station.
got the Grace Mondo Wi-Fi Internet Radio (www.gracedigitalaudio.com/)
on my nightstand, but there are plenty of choices out there. My one
beef with my Wi-Fi radio is that I can’t pick up terrestrial radio
on the tuner, so I’m also tempted by the pricier Tivoli NetWorks
with FM (www.tivoliaudio.com).
a bonus, Tivoli’s radio is crafted from hardwood in cherry, walnut
love buying science-oriented, hands-on projects for not only the kids
in my life, but also for my engineer dad. Creating one’s own
crystal radio used to be a rite of passage for many budding
scientists decades ago, so I’m happy to see that modern-day DIY
radio kits are still on the market.
is the reasonably priced Slinky brand Crystal Radio Kit
(poof-slinky.com). The even more visually appealing (there are
wooden parts!) Flights of Fancy Radio Receiver Kit
(www.crafts4kids.co.uk/flights-of-fancy-kits/b123) has a
lovely vintage look to it and includes a booklet about the history of
the folks on your gift list are more interested in FM radio or
shortwave, there are also some specialized kits from Elenco
I have lots of radio books in my library, few of them delve into the
history of college radio. For that reason, I was thrilled to pick up
Tim Brooks’ new book “College Radio Days: 70 Years of Student
Broadcasting at Dartmouth College,” which chronicles the lengthy
history of radio at the school. Along the way, it also provides
insight into the history of college radio in general.
radio history worth picking up is Carter Alan’s new book, “Radio
Free Boston: The Rise and Fall of WBCN.” Boston locals will
appreciate this in-depth look at the station (and at the development
of progressive rock radio) from 1968 to 2009. [Editor Paul McLane
listed several other gift book ideas in the Nov. 20 issue.]
is a wide range of radio-themed accessories that can be a fun way to
broadcast one’s enthusiasm for radio. I’ve been dying to get the
perfect cell phone case that can reliably fool people into thinking
that I’m carting around a retro transistor radio. Fred &
Friends’ (FredandFriends.com) Re/Cover line of iPhone cases
fit the bill with designs that pay homage to early electronics. Not
only is there a case sporting the image of a mint green portable
radio, but there’s also a pocket calculator version and a cover
resembling an old remote control.
other great whimsical gift ideas for radio colleagues include
radio-themed jewelry and household items. Zaunick has a pair of
sterling silver cufflinks in the shape of vintage microphones
and Uncommon Goods (www.uncommongoods.com) carries gorgeous
stainless steel cufflinks in the shape of mini headphones. Finally,
for radio and toaster aficionados, Kenwood’s now-rare TT756SL
toaster sports an embedded functional radio (search Amazon or eBay to
Waits is a writer, college radio DJ and independent radio scholar.
She contributes to the blogs SpinningIndie and Radio Survivor.