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Cars and Radio: An 82 Year Love Affair That is Still Going Strong [INFOGRAPHIC]

What’s the first thing you did when you finally got the chance to borrow your parent’s car?  Change the radio station and play your music loud!  At least that was the case for me.  Although my parents listened primarily to talk radio, and at 16, that just isn’t going to fly.

The car radio has been around for 82 years, providing the soundtrack for road trips, cruise nights, and of course dates that found the car parked in some secluded area.  CBS News posted this infographic from General Motors and it made me start thinking of all the cars and radios I’ve seen in my life.

Car Radio Infographic
General Motors/CBS News


As I think back to my earliest memory of music in the car, I recall listening to great songs like “The Devil Went Down To Georgia” on an AM radio with one speaker built into the top of the dashboard.  Of course, you couldn’t turn it up too loud because something had fallen through the speaker’s protective grid and it would rattle if you did.

Now, of course, there are multiple speakers throughout the vehicle that play back not only AM/FM, but also CDs, and the stereo integrates with your MP3 player.   I could cite many examples of how hearing a song will make me think of a time in the car,  but I don’t want this post to turn into a complete novel.

How about you?  What’s your biggest car radio memory?  Comment below and click share!


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