Learn About Radio History at Cranford Library

CRANFORD—The New Jersey Antique Radio Club (NJARC) has installed an exhibit of antique and vintage radios at the Cranford Public Library, 224 Walnut Avenue.  The exhibit will be available for viewing through the end of February.

In conjunction with the exhibit, members of NJARC will present a program entitled “The Golden Age of Radio” on Tuesday, Feb. 15, at 7:30 p.m. in the Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Avenue, which is next door to the library.  The program will trace the history of radio in the first 50 years of the twentieth century.  It will be a non-technical story of how radio entered the home and had an important social and financial impact on everyday American life.


Prior to and during the presentation, vintage 1930s radio programming will be played through radios that were used in the average home during radio’s “Golden Age.”  Admission to the program is free and all are invited.

NJARC is an organization that strives to promote an appreciation of radio history and the conservation and restoration of radio artifacts and related items, along with the preservation of the technical knowledge of early radio.  The club hosts seminars at monthly meetings in order to share the expertise of individual members and guest speakers.  The club also installs displays and provides lectures in cooperation with community and educational organizations.

NJARC is a member organization of InfoAge, a science and history learning center located in Monmouth County at the former Camp Evans in Wall Township, a site with a long                     history of cutting innovation and research that has changed the world and how we live.  From it’s beginnings in 1914 as the transatlantic receiving station of the Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company, through World War II, when it housed the top secret radar research labs of the U.S. Army’s Signal Corps, to helping usher in the space age, the people who worked in the buildings now housing InfoAge have made history.

Today, InfoAge is comprised of  more than a dozen nonprofit organizations that have dedicated themselves to inspiring children to learn.  The campus features several museums, including NJARC’s Radio Technology Museum, the National Broadcasters Hall of Fame, the Retro Computer Museum, the Historic Divers Museum, and seven rooms of exhibits in the Marconi Hotel, including a World War II Living Memorial.  The InfoAge campus presents a unique opportunity to spend an enjoyable hour—or an entire day—being inspired by the site’s rich scientific history.

For more information about NJARC, visit them on the web at njarc.org.  More information about InfoAge can be found on the web at infoage.org.

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