Cassette Tape Recorder and Radio

Description (Brief)
This Radio Data System (RDS) demonstration car radio was used in a 1995 ceremony on Capitol Hill marking the establishment of the 100th RDS-capable broadcast station, WKYS-FM in Washington, DC. RDS technology consisted of an inaudible text data stream transmitted from specially-equipped FM stations. The data included artist identification, community-service bulletins and traffic information. The demonstration receiver also includes a cassette tape deck with Dolby noise reduction. Engineer Ray Dolby designed a “sound compander” in the mid-1960s to improve audio output quality of recordings while working at Ampex and later founded a company to improve this technique.
Currently not on view
Object Name
radio receiver
recording device
automotive tape player
date made
Delco Electronics
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
overall: 8 3/4 in x 16 in x 10 in; 22.225 cm x 40.64 cm x 25.4 cm
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Work and Industry: Electricity
Magnetic Recording
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
from Delphi Delco Electronic Systems, thru Gil Porter
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