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BROADCAST PIONEERS

Jm Rankin

 

The Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording has been granted permission to display photos from the Jim Rankin Antique Radio Collection

 

 

 

Radio DJ

Jim worked as a DJ and Program Director in Texas and Louisiana.  Jim began his radio career in Taylor, Texas at KTAE when he was 19 (photo left) .  He then worked for KWBC in Navasota, Texas.  Jim also worked as a Program Director for Bryan-College Station's WTAW, one of the oldest continually run radio stations in service in central Texas.  WTAW stands for Watch The Aggies Win. WTAW is credited with being one of the first stations in the nation to cover a live football game in real time. Prior to the current News-Talk radio format, WTAW, then 1150 AM, was a Country KOKE mic dispalyand Western radio station, which was housed in Bryan, Texas close to the Triangle Bowling alley in the Old College area of the city.   WTAW had Jim go to program a new station in Lafayette, Louisiana.

Jim worked for Austin, Texas' KOKE (story right - click on the story for a larger view). Jim comments "It was a very successful promotion for the Dodge dealership, but not an entirely pleasant experience for me. During the time I was dangling there, we had high winds, some guys with a hacksaw who wanted to cut the cable that held the car aloft, and a couple of girls who tried to climb the crane to get into the car with me. The police foiled both invading parties. These were the 'fun' days of radio."

KOKE bought a radio station in Shreveport, Louisiana KJOE and had him program that station as well.  He also worked at KVET/KASE inAustin.

Jim was Operations Manager for KENR Houston, Texas

On Jim's 30th birthday, his wife bought Jim an old 1937 Zenith radio that is the radio seen in the Walton's TV show.  It has 12 tubes and is known as the "tombstone" radio because of its shape.

Jim now has approximately 600 vintage radios.  We are displaying a variety of those radios including their before and after restoration photos. 

View video of Jim's comments about the collection


The Jim Rankin Radio CollectionJim Rankin with several of his more than 600 vintage radios

Jim Rankin ( left) with a portion of his 600+ radio collection.  The large radio in front of Jim is the 1937 Zenith Model 12-S-232 (below), also known as the "Waltons Radio" (seen right)

Jim Rankin's 1937 Zenith Model 12-S-232 radio, also known as the "Waltons Radio"


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1932 Silvertone Model 1154 Grandfather Clock Radio

 

1934 Philco Model 45 Butterfly Radio

1934 Philco Model 45 Butterfly

 

 

1937 Arvin Model 518 Phantom Baby radio

1937 Arvin Model 518 Phantom Baby

 

1940 Zenith Model 10H571 'Spinet' radio

1940 Zenith Model 10H571 'Spinet'

 

 

1941 Majestic Model IS49 Melody Cruiser radio

1941 Majestic Model IS49 Melody Cruiser

 

1946 Crosley Model 63TA 'Victory' radio

1946 Crosley Model 63TA 'Victory'

 

 

1946 Sonora model RQU-222 radio

1946 Sonora model RQU-222

 

1949 Coca Cola Cooler radio

1949 Coca Cola Cooler radio

 

 

1950 Westinghouse model 502 radio

1950 Westinghouse model 502

 

1954 Arvin model 840T radio

1954 Arvin model 840T

 

 

A few radios from Jim Rankin's collection

A few  more radios from Jim Rankin's collection

 

 

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