WILLOWBROOK, Ill. — The Antique Radio Club of Illinois (ARCI) is holding its 33th annual Radiofest on August 1-3, 2013, at the Willowbrook Inn (formerly the Holiday Inn) in Willowbrook, Illinois. The theme of this special show is celebrating the 75th anniversary of “1938 – The Golden Age of Radio.”
Radiofest is one of the largest gatherings of radio collectors in the United States. Collectors from across the country, Canada, Europe and Australia gather annually for this
Radiofest opens with a large radio auction on Thursday evening. Featured this year are two rare scrap books from the Chicago Actors Club from the 1940s and 1950s. Additionally, top-of-the-line radios, rare advertising, vintage television and phonograph items are the often found here. The thrill of a live auction creates a high-energy opening to Radiofest. The public is welcome to sell their radios at the auction for a nominal charge.
Friday morning starts early with the radio flea market. More than 200 selling spaces are filled with radios, phonographs, televisions, parts for restorations and, for many, nostalgic memories of the past. Also on Friday, ARCI provides free “Radio Appraisals.” The public can bring in radios or pictures of their radio and experts will give advice on condition, the age of the radio, suggestions for restoration and approximate value.
Radiofest offers educational seminars to club members (annual dues are only $20), including “Marconi, In Business and Politics” by Cam Trowbridge; “Ham Radio Forum: The Last BIG Field Day” by Bill Ross (W9WR); “Vacuum Tube Audio Panel” by Karl Johnson and Pete Nauseda; “Loudspeakers” by John Stone; “Briggs and Stratton in Radio and a Personal Quest” by Dale Boyce; and “The Radio Clinic under the Big Top” by Ed Huether.
Friday brings displays of rare and unusual radios and other items in the annual Equipment Contest. This temporary museum features rare examples of radios and related memorabilia typically not seen by the public. A special exhibit will include items from 1938: Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy, 1938 radios and other 1938 radio show memorabilia. There will also be an exhibit of Motorola car radios.
This year ARCI is also proud to have a special presentation at the Friday evening banquet: Jim Wades, president of the Morse Telegraph Club will present “Filming the Telegraph Scenes in ‘Lincoln’ and ‘The Lone Ranger.’” There will also be a special exhibit on Lincoln’s Telegraphers. Banquet tickets are available at Radiofest until Friday noon.
Radiofest concludes Saturday morning with the flea market until noon. ARCI also hosts a large donation auction where the proceeds support the club. Radios and related items are sold at the auction without reserve, often as low as $5.
There is no general admission fee for any of the selling areas, and the public is invited to attend. Boy & Girl Scouts in uniform may attend all activities free of charge except the banquet. For more information visit www.antique-radios.org or call 630-739-1060.