Alan Cross celebrates the history of the card radio. Beginning in the 30’s with early Motorola radios built with vacuum tubes, they become more stable with the move to the transisters in the 60’s. With this also came the cassettes in the 70’s and then CD players in the 80’s. What was interesting was the advent of FM radio in response to the limitations placed on Germany after WWII.
The next big innovation was FM radio. Post-war Germany had all but two of its AM radio stations stripped away from them by the allies, forcing them to experiment with the still-nascent FM band. The result was an AM/FM design that debuted in 1952.
Personally, I remember my first car radio being a mono AM radio. Must admit, did not last long before I replaced it.