The CCRadio-EP Pro was built for my mother. I asked her one day if she was enjoying her CCRadioPlus digital radio I gave her (the predecessor to the CCRadio-2E). With a little prodding she looked at me in a way only a mother can and she said: “I don’t like all the buttons”. About six months later, a customer came in the store in a focused rush and asked for a radio “without all the buttons… just a regular radio”. I knew at that moment we had to build the EP. It would seem like building a simple AM/FM analog radio without all the bells and whistles would be a simple process, but in reality sometimes it’s making something simple that is the most difficult. It was 6+ years and several meetings, revisions and trips to the manufacturers to get the original CCRadio-EP radio right.
Now back to my mother. I know she is smart. She drove safely until she was over 90 and she continued to watercolor on a limited basis. She did not start painting until she was well into her 80’s. The point is my mother did not want to spend her valuable time learning some sequence of buttons perpetrated by a somewhat insensitive electronics expert (namely me).
We’ve had a great response to this radio. One of the best was a call from a woman in charge of a music department at a university. She said she was prepared to get ripped off with the purchase of the CCRadio-EP but was wildly surprised at the audio quality alone.
If you’re looking for a simple radio with good performance at a reasonable price, the CCRadio-EP is an excellent choice.
Update 2018 – We have gone through a revision on the original CCRadio-EP due to a discontinuation of parts. The radio has been completely redesigned on the inside, but the simplicity and performance remain. It is now known as the CCRadio-EP Pro.
Watercolor painting by Irene Crane