1954, USA. While RCA and other corporate sloths hung around the water cooler, scrappy little Texas Instruments and Regency made the world’s first commercial transistor radio.
1955, Japan. While the big, established firms of Toshiba, Hitachi, and Mitsubishi were hanging around the water cooler with RCA, scrappy little Sony made Japan’s first commercial transistor radio.
Sony was founded May 7, 1946 as Tokyo Tsushin Kogyo Kabushik Kaisha. In 1955 the name “Sony” was coined to appear on their transistor radios. In 1958 the corporation itself was renamed Sony.
Sony was a leader in many ways, as the radios in this book make abundantly clear. No other company was as important in the technology, styling, or marketing of the transistor radio as this pioneer in consumer electronics. And no product was more essential in the success story of this multi-national giant than the little radios contained in these pages.
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