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May 17 & 18, 2013

Comfort Inn of Plymouth
3000 Harbor Lane
Plymouth, Minnesota 55447


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The Northland Antique Radio Club invites you to attend RADIO DAZE 2013 at the Comfort Inn of Plymouth - in Plymouth, Minnesota !

This is our 27th year! Radio Daze is THE destination for radio collectors from across the country who regularly come to buy, sell, and swap radios, to participate in the radio contest, to find some bargains at the radio auction, and to attend the outstanding programs that RADIO DAZE is known for.

Highlights of RADIO DAZE 2013 will include:
  • RADIO AUCTION Friday evening May 17
  • Outdoor SWAP MEET Saturday morning held in a huge sellers-only area in the parking lot
  • RADIO CONTEST featuring early radios, etc., on Saturday afternoon
  • PROGRAM: Door prizes, contest awards, and a presentation by Jim Ramsburg
  • Pavek Museum of Broadcasting GARAGE SALE
Enjoy coffee, pop, and snacks in the Hospitality Room.

The Pavek Museum of Broadcasting and the Antique Wireless Association (AWA) are supporting sponsors of this meet. The museum is located just a few miles from the meet, in nearby St. Louis Park, and contains a wonderful collection related to radios and radio broadcasting. Museum admission for RADIO DAZE participants is free May 17th and 18th.

Don't miss RADIO DAZE 2013 !



Friday - May 17th

Saturday - May 18th
10:00 am - 5:00 pmPavek Museum Sale Dawn - 2:00 pmOutdoor Swap Meet
3:00 pm - 6:00 pmAuction Item Check-in 7:00 am - 2:00 pmHospitality Room
5:00 pm- 7:00 pmEvent Registration 8:00 am - 2:00 pmEvent Registration
6:00 pm - 7:00 pmAuction Preview 10:00 am - 5:00 pmPavek Museum Sale
7:00 pm - 10:00 pmAntique Radio Auction 11:00 am - NoonContest Item Entry
Noon - 1:00 pmContest Judging
1:00 pm - 2:00 pmView Contest Room
2:00 pm - 4:00 pmProgram & Drawing



Everyone is encouraged to support this, and future NARC events, by registering! Registration is required to sell items in the parking lot, and for admittance to the Hospitality Room, the Pavek Museum, and for all indoor events except the auction.

Registration is not actually required to buy or sell at the auction, or to buy at the outdoor swap meet, but we do encourage everyone to register since your support is needed to continue holding these events in the future. All who register will be put on the NARC mailing list and may receive emails when we learn of other area auctions, sales, etc., that would be of interest to radio collectors.

You can pre-register (and save $3.00) by returning the enclosed registration form before May 10th to:
NARC, PO Box 18362, Minneapolis, MN 55418.

After you arrive, please pick up your name badge and other materials in the Registration Room.


The meet kicks off with a large antique radio auction in the hotel main ballroom at 7:00 p.m. Friday! You do not need to be registered for Radio Daze to buy or sell at this auction. Consign any radio items you want to sell by bringing them to the auction between 3 - 6 p.m.
  • Bid numbers $1 if registered, otherwise they are $5.
  • Limit of 10 lots will be accepted from each seller.
  • Entry fee is $5 per lot, payable by seller at check-in.
  • Seller may add any reserve to their lot for $2 fee.
  • ZERO sellers or buyers fee on sale price!
  • Lots that don't get an opening bid of at least $10 will not be sold.
  • Disclaimer: Buyers are responsible for examining items prior to bidding. NARC assumes no liability or responsibility to buyers or sellers for auction results.
Contact Kip Wallace with questions about selling your items at the auction.


Visit the Hospitality Room next to the Registration room for coffee, pop, and snacks!


A light lunch will be available in the hospitality room on Saturday from 11 AM to 1 PM. Some other choices are Lucky's 13 Pub within the hotel and other restaurants nearby, including Perkins, Jake’s Sports Bar, and several fast food establishments


  • Opening Comments
  • Contest Awards: "Best of Show", "People's Choice"
  • Featured speaker: Jim Ramsburg
  • 50/50 Drawing
  • Door Prizes


NARC is proud to have Jim Ramsburg, a leading authority on radio broadcasting's Golden Age, as our featured speaker this year.
Jim was inducted into the Minnesota Broadcasters’ Hall of Fame in 2006 following a long radio and broadcast advertising career that began in 1956 on WLOL and WDGY. His book, Network Radio Ratings, 1932-1953, is considered the most complete almanac of Network Radio’s Golden Age ever published. His web site at attracts several thousand visitors every month.
Jim says, "Don’t come expecting a dry lecture of facts and figures about the programs and stars of the era. I’m coming to have some fun, and if I do, chances are you will, too.” Jim will add an element of audience participation to his Power Point presentation with prizes for correct answers. “It all results in a fast moving hour that makes me wonder where the time went,” he says.



Please bring your favorite old radio and enter it in one of the following categories in the radio contest!


BEST OF SHOW - Trophy awarded to the best overall contest entry, as determined by the contest judges.

PEOPLE'S CHOICE - Trophy awarded to the entry receiving the most show attendee votes.

GENERAL AWARDS - First, second, and third place ribbons within each contest category will be awarded by the contest judges. More than one ribbon may be awarded if there is a tie.


CHARACTER RADIOS - Any radio with a cabinet featuring a character (such as Charlie McCarthy) on it.

CRYSTAL RADIOS - Any radio, from any time period, that uses a crystal detector.

PRE-1930 RADIOS - Any battery or AC powered radio made before 1930.

1930s RADIOS – Any battery or AC powered radio made in the 1930’s.

BAKELITE / PLASTIC TUBE RADIOS - Any radio using tubes that has a cabinet made of any type of Bakelite or plastic material.

CLOCK RADIOS - Any radio with a clock built into it.

RADIOS IN THEIR ORIGINAL BOX - Any radio or radio-related item displayed with its original box or shipping carton.

SPEAKERS - Any speaker over 75 years old.

RADIO ADVERTISING – Any item that advertises anything related to radio.

MISCELLANEOUS RADIO – Any radio not included in the other contest categories.

MISCELLANEOUS - Any radio-related item not included in the other contest categories.

  • Items that have previously won an award in a Radio Daze contest may not be entered.
  • Contestants may only have ONE entry per category. Any single entry having more than one item must be documented to explain the significance of the items.
  • Items must be entered in the most appropriate category. The judges reserve the right to move an item to the most appropriate category if necessary.
  • Judging is based on rarity, historical significance, collector appeal, documentation, presentation, and condition.



Wear your Radio Daze name tag for free admission to the Pavek Museum of Broadcasting on Friday and Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Located at 3517 Raleigh Avenue in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, the museum contains one of the world's largest collections of early radios, televisions, tubes, broadcast equipment, and other radio related artifacts.

Be sure to stop in at the Pavek Museum's Annual Garage Sale, being held Friday and Saturday!

Wear your Radio Daze name tag for free admission!



This will be our 16th year at the same location! The hotel has agreed to the same rates as last year, which is only $73 for either single or double rooms Thursday through Sunday nights. Reserve by May 4th to assure room availability. For best service, please mention you are with the Northland Antique Radio Club and are attending the radio meet.

Comfort Inn of Plymouth
3000 Harbor Lane
Plymouth Minnesota 55447

hotel map


The Mall of America is the largest shopping mall in the USA and is less than 20 minutes away. Hundreds of shops on four levels and a large indoor amusement park make this a favorite attraction.

Or, take in a Minnesota Twins game at Target Field! They are playing the Boston Red Sox this weekend.

Other attractions within 30 minutes include the Minnesota Zoo, Valley Fair Amusement Park, Mystic Lake Casino, and the downtown areas of both Minneapolis and St. Paul.


    We do not have permission at this location to display anything for sale except on Saturday.
    This rule WILL be enforced!
  • Registration is required to participate in RADIO DAZE events. Wear your name tag at all times.
  • Only Registered Sellers can park in the roped off swap meet area on the west side of the hotel.
  • Alcoholic beverages are NOT permitted.
  • Trash should be disposed of in the receptacles provided. Junk radio parts must be taken home.
  • Neither NARC, AWA, the Pavek Museum, nor any individual member or officer will be held in indemnity, or be liable for any injury to any person or for any loss, theft, or damage of any property at this meet.
See you at RADIO DAZE 2013 !

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