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This year's Radio Daze event, the 30th Radio Daze hosted by our club, was one of the best ever. The weather was beautiful, attendance was up, a great selection of radios was sold at the auction, the number of swap meet vendors was up, Steve Raymer reports that sales were great at the Pavek Museum of Broadcasting garage sale, the contest had many great items, and Bill Hudson proved to be a fantastic guest speaker at the program

The large conference room at the Comfort Inn in Plymouth Minnesota was a busy place by 3pm Friday as 34 collectors consigned 174 lots of vintage radios and other related items to the auction. Thanks to Lynn Wagar, Kim Wagar, Mary Farmer, and Don Hauff everyone got their bidding numbers and pre-registration packet, and all the consignments were properly logged in by the 7:00 pm start time. The room was filled with people, including 98 registered bidders, and the tables along the walls were filled with radios, box lots of radio parts, and lots of other interesting things.
2016 RadioDaze Auction - Frank and Bill
2016 RadioDaze Auction
Frank Rasada, wielding the gavel for the sixth consecutive year, made the auction entertaining and his knowledge of vintage radios makes him perfect for the job. Jim Thompson, Kip Wallace, Bill Fanum, Matt Hyman, Bill Linder, Jeff Hed, and Glen Berg were the auction assistants, bringing items up front, describing them to the crowd and spotting bids.
2016 RadioDaze Swapmeet

2016 RadioDaze Swapmeet
Sales in the parking lot the next morning were great! 51 seller spaces were sold and there was a wide variety of things to buy. Inside, Lynn and Kim Wagar, Pam Orth, and Kip Wallace manned the Hospitality Room and offered a great selection of free donuts, coffee and soft drinks, while Mary Farmer was handling registrations in the next room. The Hospitality crew also offered a crowd pleaser lunch of hot dogs, chips, cookies and canned and bottled drinks, a bargain for $3. Great job!

Wow! This year's contest had 24 participants! Not only is that impressive, but they entered an impressive selection of the best radios from their collections for the rest of us to see. THANK YOU for making this a great contest! I get comments every year from people saying that the contest is their favorite part of Radio Daze, and it's because it's where they can see things they've never seen before.

2016 RadioDaze Best of Show 2016 RadioDaze People's Choice

The Best of Show award went to Sam Luscomb's O'Neil model LS-19 lighted ship speaker and the People's Choice award went to Al Landin's Tribute to Vacuum Tubes homebrew radio transmitter. Sam's O'Neil speaker is an extremely rare and attractive 1920s radio cone speaker, as shown on the front cover of this newsletter. Al's Tribute to Vacuum Tubes shows outstanding creativity and workmanship, and not only looks like an old Zenith radio with a big blue tube in it, but it actually contains a Zenith phono oscillator and was transmitting Big Band music to other radios in the near vicinity tuned to 665kc! Congratulations to Sam and Al for winning the top prizes in this very competitive contest!

CBS/WCCO television broadcast journalist Bill Hudson was this year's guest speaker and his presentation offered insight into the evolution of reporting in the last 40 years and his experiences in the business. It was a very entertaining program! Thanks also to Bill Fanum for providing a great audio system for this presentation.

Thanks to the Kip Wallace family, Mary Farmer, Pam Orth, and Michaela Whitney for another great door prize drawing. Also, a special thanks to everyone who helped with making Radio Daze possible, and especially to Jim Thompson and Kip Wallace who coordinated the entire event. See you next May 19-20 at Radio Daze 2017!
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