NPR logo

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

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/385716455/385948533" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
Finding A 'Radio That Is Just A Radio' In The Digital Age

Around the Nation

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

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

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/385716455/385948533" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

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

toggle caption
Emily Jan/NPR

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

Emily Jan/NPR

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

toggle caption
Emily Jan/NPR

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

Emily Jan/NPR

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.