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Museum celebrates glory days of radio

Museum celebrates glory days of radio

"Radio Legends," an exhibit of antique radios and vintage equipment, is now on display at the Turlock Historical Museum.

POSTED February 22, 2011 11:11 p.m.

The sounds emanating from radios have been a part of the American fabric for more than 100 years and a new exhibit at the Turlock Historical Society’s museum is paying homage to the technology that changed the world.

The historical society has opened “Radio Legends,” an exhibit of antique radios and vintage equipment, dating from the late 1800s to the 1960s. The exhibit was assembled from collectors and members of the Central Valley Chapter of the California Historical Radio Society. The local chapter was formed in 2006 with the mission of preserving and restoring antique radios and broadcasting equipment.

The exhibit also includes information about the people and events that spurred the development of broadcasting technology over the decades.

Dan Hedberg, a volunteer docent at the museum recalls the influence radio has had on Turlock, helping connect the largely farming-based community to the larger world outside, whether through news broadcasts or dramatic plays performed over the airwaves.

“Turlock was a big radio town in the past,” Hedberg said.

The exhibit is running through April 30.

The museum is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. The museum is located at 108 S. Center St. Admission is free. For more information call 668-7386.

To contact Sabra Stafford, e-mail or call 634-9141 ext. 2002.

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