Alabama Historical Radio Society

Alabama Historical Radio Society



 1801 Rev. Abraham Woods, Jr. Blvd., Birmingham, AL 35203

Chartered by the state of Alabama as a Not for Profit Corporation

The society was founded in June of 1989 by Don Kresge, a retired General Electric engineer, to provide an opportunity for men and women of all ages to join together and persue their interest in vintage radio. Whether you enjoy listening to music of the Big Band Era, listening to old broadcasts, or actually restoring an old radio, the society has a place for you.

Programs and Activities

  • Operate the Don Kresge Memorial Museum where visitors may see and listen to radios manufactured over fifty years ago.
  • Conduct monthly meetings giving members an opportunity to participate in educational and informative programs designed to enhance the enjoyment of their hobby.
  • Arrange annual swap meets to provide opportunities for acquiring or disposing of equipment or other memorabilia.
  • Conduct formal classes on electronic restoration and cabinet refinishing for members wanting to acquire these skills.
  • Locate and enlist young people interested in learning the technical aspects of vacuum tube radio construction and repair.
  • Prepare and present programs for local business and civic groups to raise awareness and create interest in this vital part of our entertainment history. 


  • All are invited to attend, even if you know little about the restoration. Anyone curious about an old radio, the history of broadcasting or even the development of electronics will find the meetings worth a visit. We even have a few Hams among us!
  • Members often bring in current projects, offer tips on repair and give lectures on various topics including general radio history and vacuum tube theory!
  • We meet nearly every Saturday of the month at 9 AM and every 4th Monday evening at 7 PM  For directions see the map and picture below.  We are in the white one story building in the foreground.  Just to the right of the building is the parking lot.  

Parking is free in this Alabama Power Visitors lot.