Finding A 'Radio That Is Just A Radio' In The Digital Age World Radio Day was created to celebrate the medium's ability to reach all corners of the globe, due to its affordability and portability. But how common are radios that still fit that description?
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Finding A 'Radio That Is Just A Radio' In The Digital Age

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Finding A 'Radio That Is Just A Radio' In The Digital Age

Finding A 'Radio That Is Just A Radio' In The Digital Age

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The National Capital Radio and Television Museum in Bowie, Md., is home to radios dating back to the 1920s. Emily Jan/NPR hide caption

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The National Capital Radio and Television Museum in Bowie, Md., is home to radios dating back to the 1920s.

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We finally found this simple, traditional radio at Radioshack — though they are also available, in abundance, online. Emily Jan/NPR hide caption

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We finally found this simple, traditional radio at Radioshack — though they are also available, in abundance, online.

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The United Nations has declared Friday World Radio Day in celebration of radio's unique status as a "simple and inexpensive" technology with the power to reach even the most remote, marginalized communities.

But we wondered — in this digital age, how hard is it to find a simple, inexpensive radio?

Our journey took us to several stores in Washington, D.C., in search of a portable and affordable radio, as well as to the National Capital Radio and Television Museum in Bowie, Md.

You can hear about our hunt for old-school radio, at the audio link above.