|What? no FM dial?|
I had a little blue '83 Ford Ranger till this week. It just decided, at 30 years old, to take an expensive vacation. We think it's a busted head gasket.
It began to give little warnings of retiring in the last year. I kept the radio on, turned it down, not off. I had to keep it on NPR, which I find, better than any FM station on the dial. If Ichanged the station to listen to the Braves, it would blink off, and require a bear paw blow to the dash to return to duty. Fickle, but not as fickle as the GM tube radio in my '48 Chevy businessman's coupe...always in need of a tube of some sort. i couldn't live without it not working!
I give you this background, because it seems listening to the radio in the 50's and 60's wasn't that hard to do.
Of course, you had to put up with Rosemary Clooney, Perry Como, Frank Sinatra, and Johnny Mathis. Andy Williams and that sort. Eventually the good stuff, what we call oldie goldies, now, would come on.
Radio was pretty much all AM frequency...lots of low powered stations in every town in the country. There was no FM to listen to in the 50's and most of the 60's. What was wrong with the AM format? It was VERY geographically challenged. I remember you could drive 20 miles and have to change the dial to the town you were close to.
The ultimate listening experience in those days was 45 rpm record player under the dash...spring loaded, so as not to skip. Expensive, and not very successful...but LOTS of kudos there! Buddy Holly's singing Peggy Sue, anytime your main squeeze wanted to hear it!