Illinois’ Antique Radio Club hosts 30th annual Radiofest

WILLOWBROOK, Ill. – The Antique Radio Club of Illinois (ARCI) will host its 30th annual Radiofest Aug. 5-7, 2010, at the Willowbrook Holiday Inn Convention Center in Willowbrook, Ill.

The theme of this special show is “30 Years of Collecting.” 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 event. The Willowbrook location along the I-55 corridor is no more than 30 minutes from downtown Chicago, and Midway and O’Hare airports.

Radiofest opens with a large radio auction Aug. 5. Top of the line vintage radios, rare advertising, vintage television and phonograph items are the often featured fare. 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.

On Aug. 6 the event resumes 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 Aug. 6, ARCI provides free “Radio Appraisals.” The public can bring in actual radios or pictures of their radio. Experts will advise them of condition, the age of the radio, suggestions for restoration and an approximate value.

Radiofest offers educational seminars to club members (annual dues are only $20). This year’s sessions include a presentation and book signing by the author of Jack Binns And The First Wireless Rescue at Open Sea, Virginia Utermohlen-Lovelace. Other presentations include Superheterodynes Of The 1920s by Dan Clark; Motorola Home & Auto Radios (Focus on Quincy, Ill.) by Olin Shuler; Radio Restoration (Using Oscilloscopes, Repair Tips, Shop Safety) by Ed Huether and John Stone. Bill Ross will host the Ham Radio Forum, and Felicia Kreuzer and Geoff Bourne will host museum hour describing the development of the Antique Wireless Association’s Electronic Communications Museum and the Huntington Museum of Radio and Television.

Displays of rare and unusual radios and other items in the annual Equipment Contest open Aug. 6. This temporary museum features rare examples of radios and related memorabilia typically not seen by the public. Special exhibits will include a rare display of Atwater Kent radios and artifacts, a display of the documents establishing the Thomas Edison Medal in electronics and a display of Motorola radios.

This year ARCI is also proud to have Mississippi Flannigan as the entertainment at the banquet Aug. 6.

Radiofest concludes Aug. 7 with a large donation auction with proceeds supporting 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 Scouts and Girl Scouts in uniform may attend all activities free of charge except the banquet. ?


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