RADIO REVOLUTION: THE TRANSISTOR RADIO and TOP 40 MUSIC!| April 11th, 2013By Norman R. SmithWorld War II was behind us and becoming a distant memory, but many of the great technological advances created by the war were just coming to fruition. Television was becoming ever increasingly popular as the most common form of family entertainment at home and Radio was losing ground fast. A new thing called Rock & Roll Music was beginning to take the nation by storm and there was a large audience of " Baby Boomer" young people who loved it. At the same time, a new electronic device called the "Transistor" was about to revolutionize the Electronics Industry. Radios before this time were made with Tubes as their primary components. This caused the radios made with them to be heavy, usually quite large and very power hungry which used up expensive batteries very quickly. The Transistor was small, light and used very little power to operate. This opened up a whole new world of lightweight and efficient electronics. The Transistor Radio was the first practical application for the Transistor in consumer electronics. The first Commercially available Transistor Radio was the Regency model TR1 which was released for sale in October of 1954. By 1955 most radio manufacturers had their own version of a Transistor Radio for sale. It became a National fad which everyone wanted to have a piece of. The Transistor Radio was the IPOD of it's time in the mid-50's to the mid-60's. At this same period of time, the Radio Broadcasters were searching for a new niche to replace the entertainment shows which had moved to the new medium called Television. They found exactly what they needed with the emergence of "ROCK&ROLL" music. It was the perfect marriage of New Technology, New Exciting Music, and a large New audience of young people to consume it. With this background, the aim of this feature is to tell the story of some of the great little Transistor radios that were produced during that "magic" time in our nations history, and relate them to some of the great music that was on the "Airwaves" when these radios were new. I hope that you enjoy the stories, they will be submitted regularly, so stop at our site often to enjoy: "RADIO REVOLUTION: THE TRANSISTOR RADIO & TOP40 MUSIC" Sincerely, Norman R. Smith.