Sound waves

How radio launched my Zionist dream.

April 27, 2018 13:08
Sound waves

An old transistor radio used by the writer to listen to Israel Radio’s English News. (photo credit: ROBERT HERSOWITZ)


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I’VE ALWAYS been a gadget person. From the time I was 13 years of age, I was obsessed with new technology, something I may have inherited from my Dad. He was hooked on radios and at one stage I remember counting about 12 radios in our house.

Growing up in Johannesburg was a dreary business for a kid. There was no television and the only form of visual or audial entertainment was either going to the movies or listening to the radio. After Heder (Hebrew school) I would stand in front of the electronics store in our local neighborhood and drool over the display of radios, especially eyeing the new transistor ones that were coming into fashion. The sales assistant, Mrs. Krantz, who knew my parents, bumped into my dad one day.


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