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Premier Console Radios

This page is for radios that are more unique or rare. Several audio demos are provided below. The last ones on the list demonstrate Radio Dramas of about 5 minutes duration.


Zenith 9S344 chair-side radio
  • This is a chair side radio made to sit by your chair like an end table; the controls are on the top

  • There is a small built in bookcase

  • Manufactured in 1939

  • Somewhat uncommon radio, only 1000 to 6000 made

  • Shutter dial, changes dial face with band selection

  • Standard broadcast (AM) and shortwave bands

  • Magic eye tuner tube

  • Beautiful walnut cabinet with distinctive deco design

  • Stained and lacquered

  • Dimensions (WHD) 29.1 x 21.5 x 16.5 inch

  • Weight 61 pounds

Zenith 9S344 Radio Museum info


American Bosch 680

This stately 13 tube radio was manufactured in Springfield, MA in 1936. Each band in its dial is color coded to match the band switch position.The chassis is broken up into two parts to isolate noise from the power supply. The lower section is for audio and power and the upper section for radio circuits. It produces a big sound because it puts out 20 watts of sound through the 14 inch speaker.The cabinet features light and dark contrasted veneers and a detailed inlay at the top. The recessed speaker grill provides interest to the look. Very heavy; local pick up in the Washington/Oregon area advised.

Radio Museum Info


Zenith 12S266

This beautiful, 12 tube radio was manufactured in Chicago, IL in 1937. Turning the band switch changes the dial face like a shutter camera. This was called a shutter dial. It also has a knob in the center of the tuning dial that engages a motor to turn the dial pointer. It has a green magic eye tuning tube at the top of the large black dial face that narrows when a station is tuned in. The 12 inch speaker with 15 watts output has an acoustic adapter to reinforce the bass response. It is a very ornate, stylish, retro looking radio with beautiful burl book-ended panels. The grill cloth was a very "modern" look in 1937!


Radio Museum Info
Zenith 12S266 radio demo
Zenith 12S266 chromecast music demo
Zenith 12S266 Radio Drama
Zenith 12S266 Radio Drama