salton beachcomber radio

Salton Beachcomber Radio

I have encountered the Salton Beachcomber Radio many times while browsing thrift stores. This mid-eighties beauty always makes me pause and with good reason. It was a mini-boombox designed to be taken to the beach and while you get the impression of “beach radio” when you look at it. Upon further inspection you realize that it is all design and very little substance.

Which in 1985 might have been a drawback. You could buy much better radios, for the same price. Now though, the Salton Beachcomber Radio stands out like beacon and after years of passing on them, I finally picked this one up.

The price tag? A whopping $4. Which is pretty good. I often see them in the $10-$15 range in person. Online that price will double. The thing looks so darn eighties that dealers will attach a premium. So pay what you want, but know that anything above $20 is in overprice territory for now.

What do you get with your Salton Beachcomber Radio? You get a decent AM/FM radio with middling sound. But it is really the case that makes this radio shine. That brilliant yellow color, translucent plastic door storage cubby and wide shoulder strap make this a compelling piece. None of those things really please me though like one feature. The tan timer.

Salton Beachcomber Radio tan timer

Are you curious about how long you have been tanning? Well don’t be burned to a crisp. With your Tan Timer, you will know just how long you have been baking in the sun. It’s a magnificent idea that helps this radio earn its beachcomber moniker. The other is this little compartment where you can store stuff.

It is not large enough for a bottle of suntan lotion, so I assume you might put your keys or other valuable in it to keep them free from sand. The former owner of my Salton was kind enough to attach a Leroux Cordials sticker to the door. While part of me wants to try to remove it, I kind of like it as a reminder that this is a party radio.

Salton was a US-based company based in Florida which manufactured home appliances, most notably the George Foreman grill. It would eventually become Russell Hobbs, Inc. In June 2010, Russell Hobbs, Inc. was taken over by and became part of Spectrum Brands.

Epilogue
After one day of use, my Salton Beachcomber Radio stopped working. I made some attempts to fix it, but ultimately decided to put it back into the wild and donated back to goodwill. Good luck you beautiful yellow monster. May someone with better electronic skills restore you to the world.

Retroist Gymkata Podcast

Retroist Gymkata Podcast

This week’s Retroist Podcast is about the 1985 cult film classic, “Gymkata” I begin the podcast talking about my first exposure to the film. How I found the concept of combining gymnastics and karate compelling at first, but ultimately came to find this idea strange. Finally I summarize my own martial arts style and how you can master it.

I first recorded this show 3 years ago and never finished editing it since I did not like how it sounded. So I re-recorded it and thought this version was a bit better.

On the show, I discuss the plot of the film before moving onto the people in front of and behind the camera, how well Gymkata was received, and much more.

Only a couple of episodes left for this season of the Retroist Podcast. I am already planning the next season. So if you have ideas, feel free to send them to me.

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Retroist Roseanne Podcast

Retroist Roseanne Podcast

This week’s Retroist Podcast is about a show that recently returned after a long break, “Roseanne.” on the Retroist Roseanne Podcast I start off talking about why I watched Roseanne during its first run and why I will be checking out the reboots.

I tried recording this show a few years ago and was never happy with how it turned out. So I did some recording this year to try and do a better job. This episode is the result.

During the show, I talk about the people in front of and behind the camera, the show’s reception, its theme song and much more. Roseanne was a great show, especially during the early seasons. I have my fingers crossed for the reboot, but that is not the main driver for me watching this. Shows I watched with my family as a kid are hard for me to resist. I only wish I could be sitting on or family’s old brown couch while watching the new season of Roseanne with my family by my side.

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retroist foul play podcast

Retroist Foul Play Podcast

This week’s Retroist Podcast is all about the 1978 comedy thriller, “Foul Play”. I start off by talking about how I briefly lived my dream of re-enacting a scene from this movie after I moved to California. It was glorious. Then I talk about the writer/director, the cast, the locations, the soundtrack, the TV series and much more.

In a recent episode I mentioned my Foul Play podcast. Multiple people emailed me asking, “What Foul Play podcast?” That is when I realized that I had only released this episode for a limited audience in the past. After rewatching the movie though, I felt like I wanted to share my love for the film with a wider audience.

This a great seventies comedy, with stars at the top of their game. So I hope you enjoy the podcast and might check out the movie.

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