A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from December 10, 2012
RadioShaft or Radio Shaft (RadioShack or Radio Shack nickname)

RadioShack consumer electronics retail stores began in 1921 as “Radio Shack” and adopted “RadioShack” in 1995. The RadioShack nickname of “Radio Shaft” has been cited in print since at least 1991.

Another RadioShack nickname is RadioSlack.


Wikipedia: RadioShack
RadioShack Corporation (formerly Tandy Corporation) (NYSE: RSH) is an American franchise of electronics retail stores in the United States, as well as parts of Europe, South America and Africa. As of 2008, RadioShack reported net sales and operating revenues of $4.81 billion. The headquarters of RadioShack is located in Downtown Fort Worth, Texas. RadioShack is also a sponsor for the Samsung/RadioShack 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway. On July 21, 2009, RadioShack announced a partnership with T-Mobile USA, and started offering the service in August 2009. The T-Mobile partnership ended on September 15, 2011, when Verizon Wireless launched in over 4,000 of the retail stores nationwide.

RadioShack’s current proprietary brands include RadioShack branded products (parts, adapters, telephones and other legacy/classic products), AntennaCraft (outdoor antennas and amplifiers), Auvio (audio/video cables, LCD TV’s, headphones, premium surge protectors and speakers), Enercell (batteries and power), Gigaware (computer, GPS and iPod accessories, mp3 players and accessories, as well as digital cameras, digital camera accessories and digital picture frames) and PointMobl (Wireless Phone Accessories).

Google Groups: alt.peeves
Big Daddy Kitty
4/16/91
unicorn.cc.wwu.edu (Where there is darkness, light beer) writes:
>The Radio Shacks here do use a POS system.  It keeps a record of everything
>you buy too.  They ask for the last four digits of your phone number,
>that’s how they look you up if you ever come back.  Just for fun,
>tell the sales drone you don’t have a phone...see what happens smile

You can have all sorts of fun at a Radio Shaft.

Google Groups: comp.sys.amiga.hardware
hnrsa...@kuhub.cc.ukans.edu
8/30/93
(...)
Radioshaft er shack now sells a voice recording IC that will allow you to record i believe something like an 8-12 second sound blip on it and then play it back.

Google Groups: comp.dcom.telecom.tech
David Reynolds
10/21/94
(...)
RadioShaft, err, shack, tone dialers.  $14.99.  Nuff said.

Google Groups: comp.dcom.isdn
Sam C. Nicholson !!
2/23/99
Just extend those two connectors into your house with some new station wire.  Treat it as if it were just another POTS phone line.  That’s what the LEC did.  I got a roll at RadioShaft.

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Walker
11/13/99
Microsoft and RadioShaft

Howard Forums
myklup
03-07-2005, 06:42 AM
RadioShaft Piss-ant
So I was at radioshack, buying some can’t-find-em-anywhere-else batteries for my remote for my car alarm, ...

The PC Weenies
Radio Shaft
by Krishna on May 15, 2010 at 10:43 pm
There was a time, long ago, when Radio Shack had a knowledgeable electronics parts staff. At least at the store I used to visit.

Sadly, those days are long gone. I remember making special trips to the ‘Shack many a time as an electrical engineering student. These days, Radio Shack has moved towards consumer electronic products, like MP3 players and cell phones. Sales appear to be doing well for them.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityWork/Businesses • Monday, December 10, 2012 • Permalink