Globe editorial calls FM radio "outdated technology"

A Joseph Ross
Sun Aug 29 21:46:34 EDT 2010

  On 8/29/2010 1:15 PM, Don wrote:

> When did stereo start?
> How long did it take before it was standard equipment?

Well, FM stereo was first authorized in 1961, and WCRB was broadcasting 
in it almost immediately.  It wasn't until sometime in the 1970s that FM 
began to be standard equipment in cars.  My datum point is that my 1970 
Dodge Dart still had AM only radio, until I got an under-dash FM 
converter.  My next car was my parents' 1977 Oldsmobile, which had AM-FM 
radio.  I believe it was sometime in the 1980s before stereo began to 
appear in cars.  My next car was a 1991 Accord, which had stereo and a 
cassette player.  Cassettes first came out in the late 60s or early 70s, 
but it took at least to the 1980s to appear in cars.  CDs took less time.


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