Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Wednesday's Walk ~~~Transistor Radios

Today for Wednesday's Walk down memory lane I thought I would go back to my childhood and share some memories that I have concerning transistor radios. To many of you people in today's world this sounds odd, because today's kids listen to ipods and MP3 players etc. But when I was a youth and a teen we had little transistor radios.

I remember carrying that little radio with me everywhere. I took it with me when I went on walks, and took it into my room so I could listen to it while I did my homework. I laid it on the blanket with me out in the back yard while I was sunbathing...and I also took it with me to the beach when we would go, or to the park, and I even took it in the car so I could listen to it in the backseat when my mom was driving us somewhere.

When I would go to bed I would put it under my pillow so that my mom wouldn't know that I was still listening to it. She was always telling me to turn it off. I guess she thought Elvis Presley, and Ricky Nelson, and Dion, or the Beach Boys were not good role models or good influences on a young girl???? This was back in the late 50's and 60's.

And now in 2010, I am always looking at my grandkids with those earphones hanging from their ears and I find myself thinking they should turn that music off and visit with me...or join in the conversation when the family is together. And it suddenly dawns on me that I was the same way with my little transistor radio. At first I didn't have any earphones with it...but later on they made those, so I was no different than my grandkids....imagine that! I didn't get very good reception sometimes and I would have to pull up my little antenna...but today with technology the kids don't have that problem.

I had to chuckle at myself when this memory popped into my mind...and I thought that the more things change,...the more they stay the same. (:>) Kids in every generation are going to enjoy music.

If you want to join in the memory walk today just click on the Wednesday's Walk button and link up with Jenilee. It's a fun way to remember the past and share it with others.


jamers said...

I so remember playing with my dad's radio! So fun! Thanks for sharing!

the Spocks said...

A great memory especially for those of us who are younger like me. I didn't realize you are Lynnette's mom I love her blog!! Have a great day!

Karin said...

You were so lucky! I never had one of those! Remember when the kids carried around the boom boxes too!! ~~~ You are so right when you say that the more things change, the more they stay the same. Seems to me even at work that everything that goes around, comes around again! The things that we did successfully way back when, then were discarded by the newer leadership, are now being re-introduced as though they are a fantastic new idea and a great solution! I just sit there and smile to myself! It's their turn now I guess! LOL

Life Is Crazy Beautiful said...

LOL - my Mama posted a picture of an Elvis impersonator on her blog!!! Should I feel old cuz I had a transistor radio, too??? Hmmmm. BTW, you never told me what you won yesterday!

Love, Your apparently OLD daughter,
Lisa :)

Kristin said...

It is funny how different technology gets, but kids still basically do the same things, no matter what the generation. I love hearing about how things used to be. I mean, I think about the fact that when I graduated high school, computers and internet were just coming out and that was in '94. I didn't have a computer until a couple of years later and the internet was not like it is now. It's amazing how fast things change! And cell phones too....they've come a long way!

Lori said...

My parents still have a working 8 track player with some 8 tracks! We listen to it every now and then - mainly just to see if it still works:)

Loved your post!

Debbie said...

Linda, I remember transister radios as I had one too. I loved to carry it around. I was introduced to the transister radio by our babysitter named Honey. She always had it playing when she was with us kids. She even taught my brother and I how to dance the mashed potatoes with her radio playing.

Loved your walk down memory lane!


croleyc69 said...

What a great post. The other day my husband and I were telling the kids what we used to have growing up. Ridge said Wow to alot of it. I can remember when we all sat on Saturday night after a bath and watched the black and white TV together as a family. I had a radio but had to share it with my brother and sister. I like you put it under your pillow. How cute !!!
Have a great Wednesday !!!

Deanna said...

Hello Linda!
This was a fun read to me...I hadn't thought of transistor radios in years.
I had one as a girl and I loved listening to it as well.
I hadn't thought of it being like what the kids are listening to these days, but there is a similarity!
Have a great rest of the week and God bless,
d from homehaven

melanie:::adorkable said...

I love how you recounted this memory because of your grandkids' love of music. Even if our devices are limited by decades, music bridges all gaps.

And thanks for your beautiful comment about my husband and his family. It is a true blessing to be a part of TWO great families--a rare jewel in this day.


Holly said...

I didn't have a transistor radio but I had a little radio with a cassette player. My sister had the same one and we were so excited when we first got them and used them all the time!!

Carrie said...

LOVED your post. I am stuck in the middle...Beyond transistor radios but still not up to MP3's... :D Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Kim said...

I would agree that iPods are the new transister radio. I love listening to music on my walkman and or boom box when I was growing up.

Lyn said...

I loved your post Linda! I was participating in Lynnette's Simplify for Sanity a month or so ago and found our old transistor radio. Riley asked me, "Mom, what's this?" :-) I had to laugh, he'd never seen one. Then when he realized what it did, he claimed it as his!
Oh well.
Thanks for sharing your memory with us. I enjoyed reading it.

Karen said...

I enjoyed this memory. I remember my transistor radio. And I love that picture of Ricky Nelson on the top of your post! My mom loved Ricky and we grew up with his records. I remember the day he died and how sad it was because he was such a piece of my childhood!

Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving the sweet comment. Your blog is beautiful and I just became a new follower=)....

simplebeauty said...


I love this memory! Since I work on a college campus I get to see hundreds of college kiddos walking around with their ears plugged. Between that and answering someones question before I realize they have a bluetooth ear thingy for their phone keep me very entertained! Have a wonderful day!

Beki - TheRustedChain said...

What great memories!

Jenilee said...

your post is so sweet. :) I always LOVE your memories! I think I tell you that every week and I really do love them! :) I used to take my CD player boom box out in the backyard to lay out with :) fun memories.

have a GREAT weekend!