On This Day – Transistor Radio


 
On this day in 1955, Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering – a company that would become SONY – sold the first transistor radio. For kids growing up between then and the late 1970s when the Walkman portable cassette player was introduced (again by SONY), the transistor radio became what the iPhone is today: a connection. We took them to the beach, to the woods, to the streets. We had our music in our bedrooms and hanging from the handlebars of our bikes. We listened to ballgames with our friends and heard new music from Motown to the New Wave.

Published by mikepowernyc

Named one of New York's Best Emerging Poets 2019, my poetry chapbook The New Normal was published by Analog Submission Press. My novel The Zoo was published by Cacoethes Publishing House. Other poems and short stories have appeared in various publications, including Subterranean Blue Poetry, The Journal of Microfiction, and Sick Lit Magazine. Other works include a staged reading of my play Digging Up John Barrymore, performed by Dreamcatcher Entertainment, and five albums of original music recorded with my band Late Model Humans.

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