History of the In-Dash Radio Most of the young drivers of today don’t know how lucky they are to have the high technology of sound right at their fingertips. Old-timers can tell tales of the days when they only had AM radio to listen to — or maybe even an eight-track tape or record player right there in the dash — or they might even recall a time when their parents or grandparents had no radio at all. They certainly didn’t have any voice-activated, fine-tuned-to-personal-musical-tastes satellite radio with hundreds of talk and music options, iPod connections, and CD players like today. At the NYE Automotive Group, one of the best parts of automobile retail field is seeing the innovative technology as the latest developments come in from the factories. One of the most constantly changing and evolving is the vehicles‘ sound systems, and there are more than a few shoppers who definitely count the sound as one of the main requirements of a new purchase. Let’s look back far away from today’s iPod hookups and satellite radio to a more primitive time — when there was no sound in the vehicle other than that made by the riders and the vehicle itself. Car and Driver magazine remembers the first commercial in-car radio has a 1930 unit created by the Galvin Brothers and retailing at $130. Not a bad deal for state-of-the-art tech in today’s money, but back in those days a Model A Deluxe coupe cost only $540, so it was a pretty substantial expense. AM radio filled the airwaves until 1952, when Blaupunkt brought out the first in-car FM radio. The following year, Becker’s Mexico radio offered both AM and FM stations, as well as the very first fully automatic station-search button. CDs may not have been around at the time, but in 1955 some vehicles actually had little turntables in the dash that played seven-inch vinyl records. They weren’t very popular, likely because the vibrations from the road could cause havoc on a playing record. Ten years later, the first eight-track tape players were introduced in Ford vehicles. The first stereo radio offering two channels of sound rather than one was introduced in 1969, and cassette tape players became the rage in vehicles starting in 1970. Bose and GM’s Delco teamed up in 1982 for the first designer stereo system, marketing the entire system to Oldsmobile, Buick, and Cadillac shoppers. Sony introduced a CD player that could be mounted in the dash in 1984, and the first factory-installed in-dash CD player came along the following year. Sirius Satellite Radio was founded in 1990 and XM Satellite Radio in 1998. Both broadcast for the first time in 2001, and merged into Sirius XM Radio in 2007. Satellite Radio might be one of the latest in the long history of automotive technological improvements, but they certainly won’t stop there. At the NYE Automotive Group, we will be right there alongside the rest of the automobile technology enthusiasts in anticipating the new products to come. Stop by our showrooms today to see the latest innovations for yourself. The NYE Automotive Group is located at 1479 Genesee St. in Oneida, N.Y. 13421. For more info on any of our vehicles and services, call (315) 363-0600 or email email@example.com.