Crosley Radio

HISTORY

1920

Powel Crosley introduces the first low price radio for the masses, called the Harko, that sold for just $7 and much less than the $100 price tag on radios at that time.

1922

Powel Crosley received license for commercial station WLW “The Nation’s Station”. One year later WLW reaches 500,000 watts (the largest ever) and Crosley is dubbed “The Henry Ford of Radio” for bringing radio available to the masses.

1931

Crosley adds refrigerators and other household appliances to his consumer products line. In 1932 (or 1933) he introduces the “Shelvador” refrigerator that features shelving in the unit and on the door, which becomes an instant success.

1934

To keep the Cincinnati Reds in his hometown, Crosley purchases the team and just one year later Crosley Field hosts the first night game ever in MLB history.

1939

Crosley introduces the first compact car in the US, which will go 60 miles to the gallon, to rave reviews in The Post, Newsweek and Time. It featured the “Roamio” a radio capable of receiving thirty stations without changing signal strength.

1946

Powel Crosley sells WLW (as well as Crosley Corporation) to the Aviation Corporation (AVCO)

1954

The first portable TV set was pioneered under the Crosley brand name, and becomes the best selling set in the industry.

1978

The Crosley Brand re-introduces a white goods program and a complete line of appliances based in Winston-Salem, NC.

1989

Crosley Radio develops a complete line of authentic vintage-inspired electronics honoring Powel Crosley.

1998

Crosley introduces a full size jukebox replica complete with full functioning bubble tubes, CD player and AM/FM radio with digital tuner marrying the technology of today with the look of yesteryear.

2003

“The Stack is Back” – Crosley introduces the Stack-O-Matic record changer as a tribute to the original that made listening to records continuously a staple in every household.

2005

Keeping with the growing trend of preserving old memories, Crosley develops its first CD Player/Recorder with the capability of recording vinyl albums to CD or digital files.

2009

Crosley expands into the home furnishing market with a complete line of entertainment-focused furniture.