“You’ve Got a Friend”


Vu, Radio, September 14, 1932 (2007.84.61)


Lewis Hine, [Highly-skilled worker testing radio frequency alignment and making final test of chassis, RCA Victor, Camden, New Jersey], 1936-37 (957.1975)

Man working in a RCA Victor Plant. Final Inspector – testing radio frequency alignment and making final test of chassis. This takes place in a room surrounded entirely by copper screening to protect testing from any “interference.” This is the job requiring the highest skill. Even technical training, such as an electrical engineering course, must be supplemented by a course of training at the plant for this particular work. Photo-study for National Research Project of WPA. 69-RP-517. (957.1975)


Jack Delano), A class in radio for youngsters, Chicago, March 1942 (49.2003)


Bernard Hoffman, The Lone Ranger, played by Actor Earl Grasser is WXYZ’s most popular character. The enthusiastic idolatry of Detroit children forces him to wear a black mask to work, 1937 (1221.2005)


Bernard Hoffman, The Lone Ranger, played by Actor Earl Grasser is WXYZ’s most popular character. The enthusiastic idolatry of Detroit children forces him to wear a black mask to work [verso], 1937 (1221.2005)

Radio Station WXYZ (Detroit)
This is a photograph taken during an actual broadcast. The Lone Ranger is giving the cry that opens and closes his program, “Hi Yo Silver!” This picture should naturally be in with the shot of the four fellows running up to the mike with bathroom plungers. They are the decibel equivalent of the Lone Ranger’s horse.


Ken Heyman, Hell’s Angel with Transistor Radio, NYC, 1984 (2007.90.51)


Unidentified Photographer, [Man driving a truck from Soul 73 AM KKDA radio station at the South Dallas Community Appreciation Day, Texas], 1990 (3B5.518)

Although everyday is a day, and some days are more than one-day, National Radio Day is not a bad excuse to post these great radio-related photos.

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1 Response to “You’ve Got a Friend”

  1. There was another sort of radio that was popular in those days. Amateur Radio or Ham Radio. Still is a hobby today. 73 (Best Wishes) DE (from) Amateur Radio Station K8CPA Lincoln Park, Michigan

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