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RADIO DAZE 2012
The same schedule used the past few years will be continued. The Pavek Museum of Broadcasting will hold their usual sale on Friday and Saturday at the museum. At the Comfort Inn of Plymouth, the auction will be held Friday evening and the swap meet, radio contest, and program will be Saturday.
|This will be our 26th annual Radio Daze event! Thinking back over the years brings up many great memories of what we have experienced at Radio Daze, including fun auctions, swap meet deals, good and bad weather, interesting contest entries, the variety of guest speakers, and most importantly the friends we've made. Please mark May 18 and 19, 2012, on your calendar today!
Radio Daze 2012, the Upper Midwest's ultimate vintage radio collecting event, will be held Friday and Saturday, May 18-19, 2012, at the Comfort Inn of Plymouth, located at the northwest corner of I-494 and Hwy. 55 in Plymouth, Minnesota. This will be our 15th year at this great location! Room rates are still only $73.00 (plus tax) per night for either a single or a double room. The Comfort Inn's reservation phone number is (763) 559-1222.
This is NARC's premier event, and we are proud to have both the the Pavek Museum of Broadcasting and the Antique Wireless Association (AWA) as supporting sponsors. The auction, swap meet, radio contest, program, and awards presentation are well attended by prominent vintage radio collectors from across the country. The radio contest includes equipment displayed from the earliest days of radio to the 1960's. Brochures will be mailed in early April to all known radio collectors in the five state area.
The meet kicks off with a large antique radio auction in the hotel main ballroom at 7:00 p.m. Friday! We make this an entertaining auction and there will be a good variety of radios available. If you want to sell your radio(s) at the auction, check them in between 3:00 and 6:00 pm Friday. Auction preview is 6:00 to 7:00 pm, and the auction starts at 7:00 pm. Auction details are in the brochure.
A visit to the Pavek Museum of Broadcasting is always a highlight of 'Radio Daze' and they schedule their annual garage sale of surplus radio relics for this weekend. The Pavek museum is located at 3517 Raleigh Avenue in St. Louis Park, Minnesota and will be open at 10:00 am sharp on both Friday and Saturday. Make sure you are displaying your Radio Daze name tag for free admission.
Saturday begins with the hotel parking lot swap meet in the morning. (Please note that the permit from the City of Plymouth does not allow any parking lot sales prior to Saturday morning.) The hospitality room will be open at 7:00 am with hot coffee and rolls. A light lunch will be available 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. The registration room opens at 8:00 am. Item check in for the old radio contest will run from 11:00 am to noon, with viewing from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm.
The contest has some new categories as described in the Radio Daze 2012 brochure. A trip to the contest room always yields a surprise or two!
For Saturday lunch, NARC will offer a light lunch in the hospitality room, or a great meal can be had at Axel's Bonfire restaurant within the hotel. Several other restaurants are nearby, including Perkins, Jake's Sports Bar, and some fast food establishments.
The Saturday program begins at 2:00 pm and includes opening comments, contest awards, door prizes, and a featured speaker. This year's speaker will be Richard Majestic, a collector of Majestic brand radios, hi-fi enthusiast, and a member and officer of the New Mexico Antique Radio Club. You won't want to miss this presentation!
Click here ( 2001 / 2002 / 2004 / 2005 / 2007) to see photos from previous years!
Registration is required for admittance to all indoor events, the Hospitality Room, the Pavek Museum, and to sell items in the parking lot. Registration is encouraged, but not required, for anyone just attending the auction or buying at the swap meet.
You can pre-register (and save $3.00) by returning a registration form before May 11th. After you arrive, please pick up your name badge and other materials in the Registration Room.