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#Radio100 Moment 9: First Transitor Radio Hits the Consumer Market(October 25, 1954)
October 25, 1954

Moment 9: First Transitor Radio Hits the Consumer Market

The Regency TR-1, made by the Regency Division of I.D.E.A. (Industrial Development Engineering Associates) of Indianapolis, Ind., was the first commercially manufactured transistor radio. The TR-1 was announced on October 18, 1954 and put on sale in November 1954 for $49.95 and sold about 150,000 units.

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