| These two
share similar features further down the continuum of front and center dials
seen in the late 50's here
You can see another example of Summitone here.
This XAM is a fabulous performer. It pulls in distant stations with ease, clarity, and it is LOUD. Who would think of a name like XAM?
In electronic tech circles, "x" is shorthand for "trans," as in "xistor." How about shorthand for "Transam?" Or "Transistor AM?" Kind of punny, huh?
radios went through an American-sounding naming phase, coming up with
names such as Sportster, Americana, Trans-America, Hudson, Playmate, and
even GM. (Credit to Michael Brian Shiffer, from his book "The Portable
Radio in American Life," The University of Arizona Press, 1991.)
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