Meet Joe Wanger, Crosley radio collector.
- View SourceJoe Wanger has over forty Crosley radios in his home near Cincinnati Joe's obsession began 20 years ago with a serendipitous find at a flea market, a soot-covered 1930s-era Crosley radio for just $5. He cleaned it up, turned on a Cincinnati Reds game and was captivated by the radio's craftsmanship, sound and the history it represented. Powel Crosley, one of Cincinnati's most famous entrepreneurs, designed and built his first radio there in 1920 to launch the company that would go on to pioneer radio broadcasting and mass market manufacturing around the world. Wanger has since invested about $7,000 in his Crosley radio and Cincinnati breweriana collections, both prominently displayed in his Delhi Township home.
Joe has 40 Crosley radios from the 1920s to 1956 displayed on bookshelves and 200 beer bottles from Cincinnati-area breweries, some full, from the 1800s through the present. His favorite radio is a 1930s Cathedral Crosley radio. Radios were expensive then. Powel Crosley made a radio so cheap the average family could afford one.