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Sunday, June 6, 2010

Retro Sunday! The Panasonic R-72

Before I get underway today, several notes. I must acknowledge that D-Day was today. Many other bloggers have remarked on this far better than my limited skills with written word and media ever could.

I will point out however that the USS Laffey DD-724 was there: "On 3 June, she headed for the Normandy beaches escorting tugs, landing craft, and two Dutch gunboats. The group arrived in the assault area, off Utah beach, Baie de la Seine, France, at dawn on D-Day, 6 June 1944. On 6-7 June, Laffey screened to seaward, and on 8-9 June, she successfully bombarded gun emplacements. Leaving the screen temporarily, the ship raced to Plymouth to replenish and returned to the coast of Normandy the next day. On 12 June, Laffey pursued enemy U-boats which had torpedoed the destroyer Nelson. The destroyer broke up their tight formation and prevented further attacks." She is not available for public viewing at this time, but is expected to return to Patriots Point SC next year.

The range I frequent is now open on Sundays and I get to sort brass looking for whatever suits my fancy! So, this is why I am late today and this Retro is a little one.

The Panasonic R-72 or "Toot-a-Loop" was a portable AM radio produced in the 1970's. Its design landed it in the Metropolitan Museum in New York.

So without further ado, here is mine that somehow survived my youth and several moves to sit with some very good company! 

 It still works but there seems to be a problem. When new, it played Top 40 music, now it only plays right wing talk radio, I need to look into that!

I hope everyone has a great week!


  1. Sounds like you had fun at the gun range. Wow. That is one retro radio.

  2. @Supi- The 70's design was very retro, but the two radios on either side of it are very retro! I will get to them in due time!

    Sorting brass was not fun, but effective! I did get to convert some money into noise however. That is always fun!