I saw my first Dahlberg radio about a year ago and ever since I have wanted to get one of these to mount on the headboard of our newly restored Heywood Wakefield bed. The unit we purchased is a table top model so I will have to make an adapter to install it on our headboard. I love the idea of these radios and the styling, though some are cooler looking than others. Here is the Dahlberg “pillow speaker” tabletop vacuum tube radio, model 4130-D1 that just arrived:
Researching these radios helped me realize how interesting the founder and name sake of this company was. Here is some info on the founder of Dahlberg Electronics.
Kenneth H. Dahlberg (June 30, 1917 – October 4, 2011) founded/created Dahlberg Electronics, the company behind the Miracle Ear, he pushed the Dahlberg Company into the hotel business. He created this coin operated pillow radio to capitalize on the success of other coin operated products in hotels and motels across the county, notably fans and massaging beds. This radio was generally mounted on the headboard of a hotel room bed but they were also found in hospitals. Oddly enough, years later, Dahlberg, a longtime fan of Richard Nixon, would become entangled in the Watergate scandal, though Dahlberg himself was not accused of any wrongdoing. His companies later went on to fund such upstarts like the Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant chain.
Here is a cool AD trying to get these units out there:
Here are a couple of units I would like to get my hands on, especially the one with the clock.
Once I get this unit back from Stereoadvisor I will make sure to give you an update with it installed on our bed. Until next time take care all!
I’m interested in a Dahlberg 430-1
I’m interested in a Dahlberg