Remembering the Sound of Radiograms

Was your radiogram used only on Sundays? What songs can you remember listening to most? Do you still own one?

In the 50’s and 60’s, a radiogram was an essential piece of furniture in many homes. The cabinets were often made of deep brown plywood and they contained amplifiers and record decks – some people even crafted their own from scratch. Used particularly at social gatherings and special occasions, the radiogram reflected familial pride in the post-war era.

 

Followers of the Spring Chicken Facebook page have been sharing their musical memories:

‘Dad played classical music, brass bands and traditional Scottish music every evening after work. It was lovely.’

‘I had a BSR Sound Reproduction radiogram in my living room – it had the best bass I have ever heard. It was 24’ x 20’ and made almost every loose item vibrate!’

Do you remember singing along to Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra and Jim Reeves?

Did you ever leave the arm off so that you could listen to the same single over and over (and memorise the words)?

‘I loved mine. Eventually I was allowed to keep it in my bedroom, so me and my friends had hours of fun singing into our hairbrushes!’

By the 70’s, radiograms started to be replaced with new, compact equipment, and many Spring Chicken members sold their radiograms for portable record players.

What do you miss most about your old radiogram: the memories, or the quality of sound?

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