Because I spend quite a bit of my time out in the garage doing non-mental work, I like to have a radio tuned to talk radio going to allow me to do a little bit of mental workout too. At our old house, I had an old stereo out in the garage and though it still works, the old speakers attached to it were shot. I would have to turn up the radio way too loud to get them to work or they would just be filled with static. I dutifully moved the old stereo and speakers to our new place but haven't put forth the effort to mount it on some sort of shelf only to blast myself with sound assuming it survived the move.
So while in the general vicinity, I dropped by one of the large box stores (other than Walmart) and walked back to the electronic section to check out their radio selections. I was thinking I could buy a small boom box (ghetto blaster as we called them back in the day) that had a CD player and a tuner radio inside. I found shelves of speakers that plug into your phone or MP3 player, I found lots of home theater type of stereo systems but not one single radio. What was I missing?
Finally I asked the lady manning the expensive electronic desk where they keep them all under glass where the radios were. She looked at me puzzled so I said I just wanted a portable radio that I could play out in my garage. She looked puzzled but finally something clicked and she led me back to the aisle I was just in. I should pause here to say that she was probably only in her early twenties.
Back in the aisle, she walked clear to the end and pointed to the last shelf spot on the lowest shelf at the far end of the aisle and told me that they only carried that one portable radio. She said that if I went over to the alarm clock section, I might have more options and then left me alone. I looked at the one radio that they had and I must say it wasn't quite what I had in mind. It looked like something you might buy your young daughter for Christmas knowing that she will probably break it in a few weeks and you don't want to waste all that money on something more expensive. It was a small bubble shaped thing with a little six inch antenna and nothing like a much larger square shaped boom box with an antenna that could stretch out several feet for good reception.
As I paused and looked at the radio it finally hit me that I had just found out about the death of the portable radio. I'm sure it died long ago but I just learned about it. Judging by the selection on the other shelves, it has long been replaced by portable MP3 players or more likely smart phones which you can tune into radio stations of your choice anywhere in the world. I did end up buying that radio and despite the smallish antenna, it does receive the local radio station that I mostly listen too but I'm still in morning.