Gather ’round, one and all, as the middle-aged radio man attempts to share a bit of car radio history. Oh, and a few killer tunes, too.
This all started innocently enough. I took in my mail recently, and there was my quarterly copy of Your AAA, The Official Magazine of AAA Northeast. Yes, I am a AAA member. I’ve been a member for years, and that membership has bailed me out of quite a few auto-related emergencies. Come to think of it, now that my 18-year-old is driving, I’d better add him to the family membership, too.
Anyway, with my membership comes the aforementioned magazine. And I like that. I realize that magazines, like newspapers, are in the process of being replaced with digital media. But I’m a Gen-Xer. I grew up on MAD Magazine and Rolling Stone and Thrasher and punk zines of all varieties, so I appreciate the novelty of having an actual, physical piece of media to pick up and leaf through.
Car Radio History: A Timeline and Playlist
Kinda like how I appreciate the car radio. Not just because it’s existence has, quite literally, allowed me to make a comfortable living (at times) supporting my family and doing what I love. But because the car radio has been my friend, a constant companion and source of endless entertainment during the thousands of hours I’ve spent behind the wheel or as a passenger.
So it was pretty cool to see “A Timeline of Car Radio History” in my copy of Your AAA. Funny enough, there’s an online version of the article, too. I’ve taken some of the parts I feel to be the most important and shared them below, along with my thoughts. And appropriate tunes, too. Because I’m the middle-aged radio man, after all. On your car radio weekdays from 11 a.m. ’til 4 p.m.