Thanks For Saving My Race Team's Butt, Radio Shack

When my Porsche 944 decides to pull Feats of Bosch and our communications system's parts go missing or fall apart, that usually means a trip to one store: Radio Shack. Count me in with the so-called geeks and nerds who are deeply saddened by its demise. How are we supposed to kludge together last-minute fixes now? » 2/06/15 6:52pm 2/06/15 6:52pm

​Expert Predicts Half Of All Radio Stations To Disappear By 2024

Gordon Borell is a big fan of history. He's studied the ever-evolving mediascape of the past century, and today he made a chilling pronouncement to the broadcast industry: Half of the terrestrial AM/FM radio stations will be gone in the next decade. » 10/28/14 8:20pm 10/28/14 8:20pm

AM/FM Radio Is Still Popular Thanks To Cars

With the way all forms of traditional media have suffered audience losses in the last decade, it's a little surprising radio hasn't lost that much of its share. And it's all because that's what people listen to while in the car. » 4/04/14 7:00pm 4/04/14 7:00pm

Will AM And FM Radio Really Be Eliminated On New Cars?

The conventional wisdom is that kids these days don't dig the AM and FM radio as much as their parents and grandparents did. They're too busy listening to tunes on their smartphones or even on satellite radio. But does that mean that we could see an end to FM and AM radio being offered on new cars in the next five… » 3/15/13 11:50am 3/15/13 11:50am

Here's A Much More Affordable Way To Own A Bentley Continental GT

If I were 6 years old, I'd want this radio controlled Bentley Continental GT to play with on Christmas. Those noisy RC Cars never really did it for me, and I was the kid with a BMW 5-series remote control car I found on the bottom shelf at a KB Toys store one year. Hey, I could always hunt down a bargain if I tried. » 12/16/12 10:00am 12/16/12 10:00am

How One Bureaucrat Almost Succeeded in Banning Car Radios

Science fiction writer Douglas Adams once broke down the human reaction to technology thusly: Anything that's existed for as long as you have is normal; anything invented while you're between the ages of 15 and 35 is something you can profit from; anything invented after you've turned 35 is "against the natural order… » 3/02/12 4:30pm 3/02/12 4:30pm

Question Of The Day: Your Best Car Radio Moment?

Driving mix tapes were fun, and you can't beat having überbytes of music on an MP3 player, but the randomness of radio can turn a pleasant driving moment into one-a-them epiphanic experiences. » 12/05/09 11:00pm 12/05/09 11:00pm

UK New Car Buyers Saddled With Radios That’ll Be Obsolete In 5 Years

Much like the US transition to digital TV, the UK is transitioning to digital radio in 2015. However, unlike in the US, consumers are still being sold products that'll be obsolete when that transition is made. » 6/29/09 12:30pm 6/29/09 12:30pm

Intact 1968 Blaupunkt Köln 4-Band Radio, Just There For The Pickin'

As you read this, I'm punishing miscreants at the Goin' For Broken 24 Hours Of LeMons. You can be sure, however, that I'm still gloating over this $10 junkyard prize. » 5/23/09 1:00pm 5/23/09 1:00pm

Porsche Design Launches P’9120 Desk Radio

Not to be confused with the last Porsche Design radio » 9/02/08 4:40pm 9/02/08 4:40pm, the P’9120 is an attractive desktop radio capable of linking to an iPod or similar radio, and is encapsulated in an attractive aluminum body. The radio is said to be a joint product of Porsche Design and Etón Corporation, known for their hand-crank emergency…

Scion Chooses Lackluster HD Radio For Its Audio-Centric Customers

Toyota has recently announced a partnership with iBiquity, which will put HD Radio systems in a variety of Scion vehicles. What makes this partnership even funnier is the PR-speak Toyota used to announce the partnership. » 4/17/08 4:40pm 4/17/08 4:40pm

Toyota hasn't gotten that hint that HD Radio is floundering, big time. This whole marketing thing…

The Fixed Mast Antenna Going The Way Of The Dodo Bird, Scripted…

More and more we've been seeing less and less of the classic fixed mast/pole/stick antennae that once served as evidence of our country's love of the radio. Now that we're migrating towards satellite radio, MP3s and DVDs, the metal mast antenna is being replaced by the smaller in-glass models or sleeker roof-mounted… » 1/23/08 3:30pm 1/23/08 3:30pm

Tech Explosion: Ford to Begin Including HD Radio in 2009

Well, the Ford Sync system is in full effect with 911 Assist, Sirius Travel Link and more, but that obviously isn't enough. Ford, Lincoln and Mercury will be including factory-installed HD radio in 2009 as well. Wait, HD radio? Where do you put your eyes? » 1/08/08 12:45pm 1/08/08 12:45pm

Jalopnik Holiday Gift Guide: A CB Radio

While you probably wouldn't want in your new Bentley, nothing classes up an old rig for a long road trip more than a CB Radio. You can relive your Smokey & The Bandit fantasies by calling out a 'Bear in the Air' just outside Bull City, or letting others know that there's an Evil Kenevil 'shooting you in the back'… » 12/19/07 1:15pm 12/19/07 1:15pm

Question of the Day: Radio On! What Are Your Favorite Driving Songs?

I've been up in Sacto for the last week, hanging out with friends and family and as one of the iPodless, I don't have access to my regular trove of rock, so I've been listening to a lot of the regular old radio in my Dad's Blazer. This afternoon, driving back from a karaoke-tastic birthday bash in San Francisco… » 2/25/07 8:45pm 2/25/07 8:45pm

Jalopnik On Sirius: Gaming Your Ride Today With Craig And Art Morrison

Ok, folks, Spinelli's back on the air with his main man from Maxim, Jon Wilde. The two of them will be live for the hour at 2:00 PM on Maxim Radio 108 and they'll be talking with Craig and Art Morrison. If you don't know who they are, you probably haven't been paying attention to what Bumbeck's been laying down. And… » 2/22/07 1:38pm 2/22/07 1:38pm

Jalopnik On Sirius: Spyker!

This week on Spinelli and Wilde's Maxim Radio show, we've got Victor Muller, CEO of Spyker Cars. Maybe we can get him to talk about the hotted up C12 La Turbie the company did with Italian design firm Zagato. We'll also ask him about the expanding company's F1 hopes, and its outrageous approach to design. Sirius… » 2/01/07 12:58pm 2/01/07 12:58pm

Jalopnik On Sirius: My Sweet C16

No, Wilde and Spinelli weren't canceled after last week, despite what happened with that chicken and the 10W-40. Which is good, because they've got a treat for us today when their hour of power airing live at 2:00 PM EST on Sirius Channel 108. The dynamic duo will be interviewing Reeves Callaway, the CEO and founder… » 1/25/07 1:10pm 1/25/07 1:10pm

Jalopnik on Sirius: We Might Make You Delirious

Synchronize your Tamagotchi clocks, kids. Today's the first show in Spinelli's new Sirius satellite radio show, RPM, which he'll be hosting with Maxim's zany-brainy Jon Wilde. It'll be a supercharged hour of extreme machines and the hottest hoo-ha! Yes! Grrrr! show about cars and related conveyances. Today's guest… » 1/18/07 12:06pm 1/18/07 12:06pm

MyGig Has A Hard Drive, How About Yours?


One of our biggest beefs with most car stereos is the inability to hook up our beatiful black Video iPod. Unless it's got an aux input, the tangle of wires and fm transmitters we normally need to connect our tunes to our ride gets real old, real fast — especially when you're hooking up with a gal in the front seat… » 7/17/06 9:38am 7/17/06 9:38am