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Texas Instruments Announces First Commercial Transistor Radio (1954)

Transistors are the basis of much modern electronic technology, including the most popular communications device in history: the transistor radio. Billions of these compact, portable radios were manufactured during the 1960s and 1970s. Battery-operated, they came in handy during electrical outages, and their pocket size sparked a change in popular music listening habits, allowing people to listen to music anywhere they went. When it was released in 1954, how much did the transistor radio cost? More...
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I long for the simplicity of those days. I owned a little blue transistor radio that went with me wherever I went for quite a few years. Now we have I-Pods.
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When it was released in 1954, the Regency TR-1 cost $49.95 (equivalent to $427 today) and sold about 150,000 units. Raytheon and Zenith Electronics transistor radios soon followed and were priced even higher.
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Folks, this happens all the time. No point in longing the the good ol' days. Someday the iPhone Wikipedia article will read exactly like this one. Sony/Japan will be replaced with Samsung/South Korea.

The beauty of living in a free country (for the most part) is our ability to think and act freely. This is why America, and its Western friends and neighbors, produce so-damn-many great ideas!
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THE DASH TO BE FIRST


Raytheon, Regency/TI and the unknown Tokyo Tsushin Kogyo company from Japan fiercely sprinted to have the first transistor radio on the consumer market. The Regency/TI team reached the mark in October, 1954, while Raytheon crossed the finish line the following year, and Tokyo Tsushin Kogyo finished shortly thereafter. Getting a transistor radio on the mass market for the third company was an important milestone to help Japan's suffering post WWII economy and self-image. This company finally changed it's name so Americans could pronounce it......the new name became Sony.

http://www.regencytr1.com/
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I have fond memories of my first transistor in the mid sixties. Until it did not quite mix well with wet sand its first summer. I had to wait until Christmas for a new one.
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I received mine in the spring of 1957 and was the "talk" of the neighborhood. Sadly, the reception in northern Minnesota was less then, "not the best". But a few month's later, while in the Navy Boot Camp, outside of Chicago, one could not ask for a more nor better portable radio.
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