Looking Back

Obernburg’s radio content, 1926

By Annemarie Schuetz
Posted 9/16/20

OBERNBURG, NY — Bet you thought from the headline I was going to talk about some long-ago radio discussion of our own, wonderful Obernburg, NY...

Ha ha. You’re wrong.

This is radio …

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Looking Back

Obernburg’s radio content, 1926

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OBERNBURG, NY — Bet you thought from the headline I was going to talk about some long-ago radio discussion of our own, wonderful Obernburg, NY...

Ha ha. You’re wrong.

This is radio content as in the number of radios to be found in Obernburg, NY in 1926. 

There were six radios. Four of them were “five-tube sets” and two were “six-tube sets” according to the old newspaper that The Echo is quoting. (The writer neglected to cite his source.) 

Anyway, six radios. The story even names the owners—radios were that unusual. F. Kille, Wm. Kille, E. Meyer, G. Decker, A. Bushman and Mrs. T. Deckelman (“who was presented with one on Christmas Day,” the article informs us. I hope she liked her present; we will never know.) 

Mrs. Deckelman and A. Bushman’s radios were the six-tubers. Wikipedia explains to me that “the six-tube versions added either a RF amplifier tube, a push-pull audio power amplifier tube, or a beat frequency oscillator tube (to listen to Morse code or single-sideband modulation transmissions).” 

I have no idea what that means. Feel free to explain it to me, readers. 

Wikipedia adds, “However, these radios cost significantly more and sold in smaller quantities.” 

So, back in the day, radios here could be so unusual that you could get in the paper just by owning one. I wonder what they listened to? 

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