The Radio

Kingwell By Kingwell, 2nd Mar 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/2d_17yt5/
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Our family's first radio was quite a contraption and would make a good conversation piece today.

When Radio Was The Craze!

I was nearly eleven years old when we got our first radio and I’m quite sure you could not buy one like it today. It was to say the least, quite a contraption and needed a battery since we had no electricity. The battery itself must have weighed more than ten pounds and was made up of two sections lettered A and B. Plugs from the radio would be connected to both but on top of all this you needed two wires outside, one was a ground wire and the other had to be about twenty feet in the air. All of this was necessary to pick up the signal from the radio stations in St. John’s. We had not heard of TV at the time and radio was the craze. Some people had no idea how such things worked and one woman was known to have turned off the radio when a news bulletin came on thinking that she could save it for when her husband came home! There was also what we called serials, stories that continued each day, but unlike today’s TV soaps, would eventually end. I remember rushing home from school to listen to Pepper Young’s Family or Ma Perkins. A must for the six weeks before Christmas was Jonathan Thomas and his “Christmas on the Moon”. I listened to NHL hockey on radio on Saturday nights with Foster Hewitt doing the play by play, but my favourite nights were when I would listen to boxing from Madison Square Garden in the heart of New York City. At night we could pick up stations from other parts of Canada, and even the US. I was hooked for life when I listened to my first fight on Sept.27, 1950. It was the night that Ezzard Charles defeated Joe Louis to become heavyweight boxing champion of the world! Picture this if you will, I was the skinniest kid you ever saw, probably weighed about fifty pounds when wearing twenty pounds of clothes, yet my ambition was to be a boxer, and not any old boxer but a heavyweight! I ate everything in sight but it made no difference – it’s rather ironic that now that I’m heavy enough, it’s about fifty years too late! One of my favourite boxers at the time was Jersey Joe Walcott and I remember the excitement I felt the night he became the heavyweight boxing champion of the world. I should have been at the party, I couldn’t sleep anyway! Radio was different from TV you had to use your imagination. I sometimes wonder now how I pictured these boxers and hockey players or even the characters in the stories of course, with the actors I did have the voice to go by. A few years later when I saw some of them on TV, there were a lot of surprises. I often wish since that I’d kept that radio and even if the man inside didn’t talk anymore it would certainly make a great conversation piece.



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Battery, Ezzard Charles, Fights, Foster Hewitt, Jersey Joe Walcott, Kingwell, Madison Square Gardens, National Hockey League, Professional Boxing, Radio

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I am 75 years old and retired.I like writing short stories, poetry as well other articles of interest.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
2nd Mar 2014 (#)

delightful!-:0)...thank you Kingwell.

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author avatar Kingwell
2nd Mar 2014 (#)

Thank you Delicia

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
2nd Mar 2014 (#)

great piece again Kingwell...

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author avatar Kingwell
3rd Mar 2014 (#)

Thank you Carolina

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author avatar Songbird B
3rd Mar 2014 (#)

Oh such a lovely nostalgic look back Kingwell. I remember my very first radio bought for me when I was 11 years old..How I treasured it! \0/x

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author avatar Kingwell
4th Mar 2014 (#)

Thanks Songbird.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
4th Mar 2014 (#)

As the song says Video kill the radio star! Nice post!

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author avatar Kingwell
4th Mar 2014 (#)

So true. Thanks Fern

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
4th Mar 2014 (#)

As the song says Video kill the radio star! Nice post!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
6th Mar 2014 (#)

I was mesmerized listening to Apollo moon landing with Neil Armstrong taking first steps on the moon. I used to admire commentators giving their takes on many sports and making them so lively. Once I was so glued listening to them that I got a powerful electric shock from the radio that knocked me out for few minutes. I share the thrill of those times with you Kingwell - siva

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author avatar Kingwell
6th Mar 2014 (#)

Thank you Siva. I've always thought there was something special about radio because you had to use your imagination.

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