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The Northland Antique Radio Club
The Northland Antique Radio Club invites you to attend Radio Daze 2017, the Upper Midwest's ultimate vintage radio collecting event, and we are proud that both the Pavek Museum and the Antique Wireless Association (AWA) continue as supporting sponsors for the 31st consecutive year.
Last year's 30th anniversary meet was a total success, but we're doing our best to make this year's event even better. While the cost of living keeps going up, we've managed to hold all the rates the same as last year, including the hotel room rate, membership dues, registration fees, and auction fees. The auction, the swap meet, the contest and program, and seeing our radio collecting friends again, keeps us coming back. Radio Daze 2017 promises to be a meet you won't want to miss. Please mark May 19 and 20, 2017, on your calendar today!
Brochures will be mailed in early April to all known radio collectors in the five state area, plus to other vintage radio collectors from across the country who regularly attend this event. Local radio stations are being contacted and asked to make Public Service Announcements. Ads have been sent to AWA and other clubs, will be in some local newspapers, and will be on Craigslist and in several of the old radio forums online. We're doing our best for this to be one of the best Radio Daze events ever!
This year's schedule is almost entirely the same as in the past, with the auction of vintage radio equipment on Friday evening, and the swap meet, contest and program on Saturday, all at the Comfort Inn in Plymouth, Minnesota. The ONLY schedule difference is that the time allotted for entering items in the contest has been shortened to 45 minutes so Judging can get started a little sooner and won't run past the 1 pm Contest Viewing time.
As usual, please plan time on Friday or Saturday to drive over to the Pavek Museum to view the museum for free and check out their annual garage sale of excess radio items. 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.
All other Radio Daze 2017 activities will be held Friday and Saturday, May 19-20, 2017, at the Comfort Inn Plymouth, located at the northwest corner of I-494 and Hwy. 55 in Plymouth, Minnesota. Room rates are still only $79.00 (plus tax) per night for either Double or King rooms, Thursday through Saturday nights. The Comfort Inn's reservation phone number is (763) 559-1222.
The meet kicks off with a large antique radio auction in the hotel main ballroom at 7:00 p.m. Friday May 19! 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. This auction is always well attended and is an inexpensive way to sell your vintage radios. There are no buyer or seller percentage fees and the only charge to sell is a flat $5 entry fee per item. Auction preview is 6:00 to 7:00 pm, and the auction starts at 7:00 pm. Auction details are in the brochure.
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. The registration room opens at 8:00 am. Item check in for the old radio contest will run from 11:00 am to 11:45 am, with viewing from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm.
The radio contest includes equipment displayed from the earliest days of radio to the 1960's. The contest has some new categories as described in the Radio Daze 2017 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 Lucky's 13 Pub 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 our club president and long-time curator of the Pavek Museum, Steve Raymer. Steve has used all the museum's resources, along with his vast knowledge of radio in Minnesota to prepare a presentation about the History of Broadcasting in Minnesota. This will be a significant program that you would not want to miss!
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 12th. After you arrive, please pick up your name badge and other materials in the Registration Room.
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