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2017 FALL MEET: October 14th

September 13, 2017

The Fall meet of the Music City Vintage Radio Club will be held October 14th, from 7-11:30 a.m. at the Associated Builders And Contractors building, 1604 Elm Hill Pike, Nashville Tennessee 37210.  For those readers that have never before had the opportunity to attend, it’s a lively mix of people who come together over a mutual love of “vintage radio” –that love extends from the twenties to the seventies and beyond, and from radio to earliest television, telegraph, phonographs, microphones and horn speakers–if it is early communications gear or about early communications gear, this is the place to talk and buy and swap and sell.  There will be some judging categories of radios on display, but most will be for sale–from fully restored plug and play beauties to bargains that will benefit from time and tlc to bring back from retirement.  Auction will happen before it’s all over with, too.  The no-reserve sales hold some hidden gems.

The *Best* part of it, in this writer’s opinion, is getting to see all the like minded collectors, young and old, and being able to sit down and share the enthusiasm, some tips on restoration, and the combined expertise of all the collectors, restorers and traders.   If its antique and electronic, you can bet someone there collects it, has it or wants it–or knows someone who does.

Load-in is available the night before.  More on this as I get time–I wanted to get something on the books, as I am a latecomer to the WordPress game and this Page.  Special thanks to the folks which had been supporting this page for many years for donating their time and effort to keeping this worthy endeavor alive.  To quote from an older flyer: (and I should have probably led with this first line)

Set up fee for sellers. (For fee and set up time, Call for details)
CONTACTS: Larry Chambers @ 615-355-2005 or Kelton Trammell 615-962-4310

We hope to see you there!


An Update From Kelton:
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Due to time restrictions imposed by our meeting-place management, we are going to start One Hour Earlier than we previously have (6 a.m. – Doors open for set-up). We will also abbreviate the Radio Contest to 2 categories (see below for more details). We will still hold an auction before we shut down and expect to have the meet wrapped up by noon. We apologize for any inconvenience that may cause. We are seeking potential alternative meeting locations. Should you know of a good, central location to Nashville, please speak to Larry, Bob, or Kelton. Thank you!

6 a.m. doors open for set-up / 7 a.m. meet officially begins. End time: 12 noon.

The Contest Categories will be:

1: Pre-1930: Any radio or related item produced before 1930.

2: Open Category: Any radio or related item, phonograph, speaker, advertising, etc.


ARCI swap meet

March 5, 2017

ARCI (Antique Radio Club of Illinois) are having a swap meet on 4/30/17 in Carol Stream, IL.  More info at their website at:


Fall 2015 Swap Meet – Oct. 10

October 1, 2015


Saturday, October 10th, 2015

7:00-12:00 a.m.

LOCATION: The Associated Builders & Contractors Building (Inside)
1604 Elm Hill Pike, Nashville, TN
For Directions to the Swap Meet  Click Here*  (located at the bottom of this page)


Set up fee for sellers. (For fee and set up time, Call for details)

A “Walking” auction will be held at 10:30.

CONTACTS: Larry Chambers @ 615-355-2005 or Kelton Trammell 615-962-4310

The Formalities:  Auction transactions are solely the responsibility of the buyer and seller, cash only, and the club charges no fees whatsoever.  All items will be represented as described by their seller and the club assumes no liability for accuracy of descriptions.  Sellers reserve the right to place reserve bids on their items.  Auction details subject to change if necessary due to unforeseen circumstances.  Our main objective is to provide a positive experience for all our swap meet attendees, buyers and sellers.

*Directions to the Swap Meet:

From North of Nashville: From either Interstate 65 or Interstate 24, take Briley Parkway exit east past the Grand Old Opry house and Opry Mills Mall. This will be about 7 or 8 miles. After passing the Opry, go about a mile then turn right on Elm Hill Pike. Go about 1-1/4 miles. Associated Builders Building will be on the right. Park & enter from rear of the building.

From South of Nashville: If on Interstate 65, merge east on Interstate 40 and get off on Briley Parkway. Exit north going toward Opryland or the Grand Ole Opry. Go about a mile ’till you get off to your right on Elm Hill Pike exit, then take a left on Elm Hill Pike. Go about 1-1/4 miles. Associated Builders Building will be on your right. Park & enter from rear of the building.

Location below indicated by red star



July 8, 2014


7-11 am

Outside parking lot

2040 north Mount Juliet road

Mount Juliet, TN

Location is south of division street

in parkinglot

CONTACTS: Larry Chambers @ 615-355-2005 or Kelton Trammell 615-962-4310,-86.519506,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x886415ecd6bcbeb9:0x9325a52e8c166844?hl=en



Pics from the February 23 club meeting.

March 10, 2014

February 23.

February’s topic was Paper and Ephemera.
We had quite a few presenters, and many of the items were very interesting to examine. Topics like these can provide ideas on pieces to seek out to enhance an existing collection, consider collecting something different, or just enjoy learning more about the history behind the items from a personal collection.
1938 Zenith Catalog ads 1 lithograph postcards Nathan 2 Nathan WP_20140223_005


Woman is still listening to Bush Bakelite radio she bought with late husband 65 years ago

April 23, 2013

That’s some serious airtime! Pensioner is still listening to Bush Bakelite radio she bought with late husband 65 years ago
Poppy Butcher has been listening to her radio since 1948
Bought Busch Bakelite with late husband for £12 and ten shillings

An elderly widow is still tuning in to the radio she bought as a newlywed more than six decades ago.
Poppy Butcher bought her Busch Bakelite set with her late husband John, and 65 years later the radio remains in perfect working condition.
The 84-year-old, from Weymouth, Dorset, bought the set for £12 and ten shillings – two weeks wages for the young couple – in 1948.

article-2301208-18FD93B5000005DC-119_634x837Going strong: Poppy Butcher, 84, bought her radio set in 1948 and is still using it to listen to her favourite shows 65 years later
The pair carried on listening to their favourite programmes on the radio long after the invention of television, and Poppy still trusts her old set ten years after husband John’s passing.
Although the radio has needed a few repairs over the last six decades it still works without a hitch and takes pride of place in Poppy’s living room.

‘It is as clear as a bell after all these years,’ Poppy said.
‘I don’t believe in a throw-away society and find it amusing at all the offers of guarantees stores give today for TVs and computers in case they break down.
‘My radio is guaranteed for life.’

The radio is seven inches high and has the basic functions of MW/LW frequencies, on/off and volume switches and a dial gage.

The only problem for Poppy is that it takes about 30 seconds for any sound to come out once it is turned on, as the valves inside it have to warm up.
Poppy said: ‘After John and I were first married all we had was a room in my auntie’s house and the only entertainment we had was an old radio.
‘When that gave up the ghost we decided to buy a brand new one from an ironmongers.
‘It cost us about two weeks wages at the time and we bought it on HP paying back about a shilling a week.’


Fine tuned: The old dial includes come cities which no longer exist, such as Leningrad
She added: ‘In those days the radio was the only form of entertainment so we spent extra to get a good one that would last us. We had no idea it would last so long.
‘We bought our first TV in the late 1950s but still used the radio for most of the time.
‘We used to sit around the sideboard and listen to the BBC and Radio Luxembourg and programmes like the Billie Cotton Band, Mrs Dale’s Diary and Hancock’s Half Hour.
‘We also listened to major news events on it like the Manchester United air crash in Munich and the death of King George VI in 1952.
‘I still listen to it several times a week.’
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2012 Summer Swap Meet

June 30, 2012

2012 Summer Swap