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Artefact: Transistor Radio
Accession #: 80.02.235
Year: 1930s

On August 31st, 1920 the first radio news program was broadcast. Over the next 30 years radio broadcasting became more popular. Families would gather around the radio in the evening and listen to news, sports broadcasts, live music, and political addresses. Broadcasting was not only an important source of entertainment, it connected Canadians to the world outside of their homes, and helped them develop a sense of community.

This radio is a transistor radio which is a small portable radio that runs on transistor-based circuitry. Following their invention in 1954; they became one of the most popular communication devices in history. Their compact size changed the listening habits of people allowing them to constantly stay connected where ever they went.