C. Crane 12 Days of Giveaways

holiday-cheerDecember 7th, 2016:

Congratulations to Rosario Guzzi, winner of the Power Vivid® Pocket Flashlight

Today’s giveaway: SoftSpeaker™-2 Pillow Speaker with Volume Control

For a chance to win, all you have to do is comment on today’s blog question.

Today’s blog question: Do you get your pets (if you have them) Christmas gifts?

The winner will be selected in a random drawing and will be announced the following business day. One entry per person, per day please. Shipping only to the 48 contiguous states. Good luck and thanks for participating!

C. Crane 12 Days of Giveaways

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December 6th, 2016:

Congratulations to David Friedson, winner of the SoftSpeaker™ Pillow Speaker with Washable Cover

Today’s giveaway: Power Vivid® Pocket Flashlight

For a chance to win, all you have to do is comment on today’s blog question.

Today’s blog question: Do you get a Christmas Tree, a Palm Tree or do you have your own Christmas tree tradition?

The winner will be selected in a random drawing and will be announced the following business day. One entry per person, per day please. Shipping only to the 48 contiguous states. Good luck and thanks for participating!

C. Crane 12 Days of Giveaways

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December 5th, 2016:

Congratulations to Tristan Mitchell, winner of the Power Vivid® Pocket Flashlight.

Today’s giveaway: SoftSpeaker™ Pillow Speaker with Washable Cover

For a chance to win, all you have to do is comment on today’s blog question.

Today’s blog question: What C. Crane item would be best for a child?

The winner will be selected in a random drawing and will be announced the following business day. One entry per person, per day please. Shipping only to the 48 contiguous states. Good luck and thanks for participating!

C. Crane 12 Days of Giveaways

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December 2nd, 2016:

Congratulations to Mark Cromwell, winner of the CC Buds.

Today’s giveaway: Power Vivid® Pocket Flashlight

For a chance to win, all you have to do is comment on today’s blog question.

Today’s blog question: What is the most embarrassing gift you ever received?

The winner will be selected in a random drawing and will be announced the following business day. One entry per person, per day please. Shipping only to the 48 contiguous states. Good luck and thanks for participating!

C. Crane 12 Days of Giveaways

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December 1st, 2016:

The C. Crane Family would like to celebrate this holiday season with all of the Radio Community. Join in on the #radiorevolution celebration with us by participating in C. Crane’s 12 Days of Christmas!

Each weekday we will post a new holiday themed question on our blog at news.ccrane.com. Post your comment and you will automatically be entered in our drawing to receive the C. Crane gift of the day. The winner will be selected in a random drawing and will be announced the following business day. One entry per person, per day please. Shipping within the United States only.

Today’s Giveaway: The CC Buds

Today’s blog question: Do you decorate for the holidays? If so, do you have a special decoration you collect or a special tree with collectible decorations?

Good luck and thanks for participating!

C. Crane’s Employee Recommended Gift Guide

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We feel your pain in the effort to try to figure out what to buy each year, we’re in the same boat. Whether you are shopping for your spouse who buys whatever he wants when he wants, your father who already has everything, your mother-in-law who insists she doesn’t want anything but will be devastated if you don’t buy her something, or your teenage grandkids who are pretty sure you know nothing about gifts they might like and hope you give them cash, we might be able to help.

A couple years ago, we took a poll of C. Crane employees and got some great responses of C. Crane gifts given to family and friends so we thought it was time for an update. Below are some of the responses:

John:     I gave a Spotlight XB to my Uncle as a gift. At home and at his rental, he works under sinks, under the house, under his truck, etc. a lot. The high brightness and kickstand help him to get his work done in a more efficient manner.

I gave a set of Voz Headphones to my Wife. She likes them for the comfortable fit and great audio quality. She uses them with a portable Blu-ray player and her computer.

For my oldest (15) I am getting him a Versa 3 to make his desktop computer WiFi capable. He prefers using an older laptop since it has built-in WiFi and lets his amazing desktop computer gather dust. The Versa 3 will allow him to enjoy his desktop the way he wants to … online.

For my youngest (8) I am getting him a set of Voz Headphones. This is so he can listen to his FM radio stations without bothering the rest of the house with that loud music kids listen to these days.

Bob:  Earlier this year I visited my aunt who is now in an assisted living home. She understands everything but talking is a difficult process. She let me know that she could not find a radio that worked well where she lived. I am happy to report the CC Radio EP gave her the reception she wanted . . . WCCO . . . loud and clear.

Kim:       I bought my husband the CC Skywave and he loves taking it all around the yard to listen to all the ball games. He loves that the batteries last a long time. He even asked for one to take to the race car shop.

All my kids love their Senta Ally. They can listen to all their podcast’s and “stuff” on their phones all over the house or in the yard or the kids can listen to something in their rooms and mom and dad do not have to listen.

Kathy:   My husband loves the Senta Ally that I bought him. He uses it in the wood shop and listens to his music from his iPhone.

Jessica: Every year at least a few C. Crane products make an appearance at Christmas. The Pocket Vivid Flashlight goes in every stocking and often the Unity Flashlight will go with a bottle of wine for friends or extended family. I’m really excited about our new CC Buds Pro and CC Buds Pro Mic earbuds because my teenage boys have actually developed a preference for them over other much more expensive brands, those will be in stockings this year as well! Past presents have included the CCRadioplus (now the 2E) which is used daily up at my father-in-law’s lodge and the CC WiFi which is used daily at my husband’s grandmother’s house. It’s nice to know that these gifts actually get used!

Annette:  I live where the power goes out a lot. I found that the CC Led Spot XB is my best friend when its dark and power is out or even when it’s not. I use it to check out the backyard since I have a lot of critters in my area that I don’t want to meet in the dark. It puts a large spot over a hundred feet away on the barn.  This makes a great gift for those who don’t know what to give a parent or grandparent.  I even gave them to the grandchildren for their cars. This light will also light up a room and the stand makes it easy to use. I personally shine it at the ceiling which lights up a room very nicely.

Carolyn:  The Unity Plus LED Flashlight has been one of my favorite gifts to give others for the last couple of years.  I was later told by some receivers that they needed another one because other household members keep taking theirs.  So now I make sure to include everyone when giving out the Unity Plus to help avoid domestic disputes!

Sue G:  This year I am buying myself something for Christmas from C. Crane. I love my CC Witness Plus and depend on it to work for me every single weekend, all day long. I am buying myself a second CC Witness Plus as a back-up! This is my gift to myself.

The new CC Buds Pro-Mic is my gift of choice this year for all my family members that have a smartphone and don’t have hearing aids, I won’t be giving them to Great Grandma, but everyone else is getting them.

We hope this helps you with some ideas for your Christmas gift list (or maybe gives you some ideas for a gift to yourself).

Happy Thanksgiving

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Last year C. Crane joined many other retailers in starting a new tradition and being closed on the Friday after Thanksgiving so we can all do whatever it is that we love most.

Whether you plan to sit on the couch, go out and brave the crowds shopping, visit with family, join REI’s movement and #optoutside or you want to join our #radiorevolution C. Crane wishes you and yours the very best Thanksgiving holiday yet!

The Month for Thanksgiving

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This is the month to reflect on all that we have and what we are truly grateful for, to get in the spirit we wanted to find out which radio show, host or station you are most thankful for! Enter in the comments below and be entered to win the product of your choice (excluding the AEGO sound systems).  Drawing will be held November 30th. Please one entry per person.

Honoring Veteran’s Day

November 11th is Veteran’s Day, which gives American citizens the opportunity to recognize and appreciate all that our military veterans past and present have given up for us.

The meaning of “sacrifice” is generally understood as choosing to give up something you value to get something else, or to help others.  If it is easy to do, then it would be a lot more common than simply denying oneself pricey drive-thru coffee for a week to justify buying whatever you just had to have from the flea market last weekend.  The members of the United States military understand and accept the practice of sacrifice without hesitation.  From the very first day when they leave their homes, friends and families, these individuals give up their personal freedoms for a cause greater than themselves.  To ensure the safety of American lives, they willingly surrender the comforts most citizens take for granted while simultaneously volunteering to be in physical peril.  Their resolve is exemplified in a quote from the late General Norman Schwarzkopf who stated, “The truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do. The hard part is doing it.”

Americans can show their appreciation for our military veterans by supporting them through the numerous organizations working to fulfill their needs.  Some individuals need specialized help beyond their physical wounds.  For example, Vietnam War vets experienced unique health risks that cause many to still suffer.  These were compounded by the lack of public support after returning home from their tour of duty.

C. Crane has the honor of employing a veteran that received the Order of St. George Black Medallion on October 14th, 2016.  Our own Jorge Chacon was a Sergeant in the United States Army, serving from 1990 – 2003 in four U.S. location, as well as in Germany and Bosnia.  Jorge served two tours in Bosnia away from his family; one year in 1996, and 7 months in 2000.  This is true sacrifice.

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Go Vote!

“Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting.”

Franklin Delano Roosevelt
32nd President of the United States

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Not since 1908 has the U.S. voter turnout risen above 65% according to information posted on Wikipedia. Really? Surely with all of our transportation improvements, and immediate political info access, the modern American can match the efforts it must have taken folks over 100 years ago to “get out the vote”. Perhaps time has allowed us to take the process for granted.  After all, the biggest threats to our freedom have originated in foreign nations this last century. The stories we heard from our elders were of that period, not of the internal turmoil suffered in the 19th century. We have no connection to the time when voting was earned. It is a right many Americans carelessly squander.

So why aren’t more of us taking advantage of the privilege so many have fought for?  According to an article on Bloomberg.com, a common thread among the explanations given is down to basics – location, location, location.  We just can’t seem to get ourselves there for one reason or another.  The most logical solution that would cover almost every circumstance is to vote by mail.  A quick visit to the www.vote.org site and you can have the necessary form to register for an absentee ballot.  No more musty school libraries or echoing fire halls need be endured.  Just fill it out, mail it, and you will get your ballot.  Then you can do your voting in the comfort of your own home before mailing it in.  “Who wants to do that every year?” you ask.  Well, probably no one, which is why you can check a box on the form to permanently vote-by-mail.  No doubt Americans the 1800’s would have vastly appreciated the ease of this option.

This brings us to the conscientious American voter of today.  They demand to know information about what they consider important, and want to hear what candidates have to say on those issues.  This was proven when the first presidential debate of this election broke TV viewer records with an audience of over 84 million, according to the L.A. Times.  Who wants to bet they worked on their body language a little in preparation?  The safe money would be that they worked on it a lot.  It is easy to get distracted by how someone looks, their facial expressions, and hand gestures.  It is human nature to evaluate others on how we visually perceive them.  Which is why political candidates work on body language a lot.

Try listening to the results.  Without visual distraction, the brain can truly focus on what the candidates are telling us.  In the web article “Mindful Listening”, one of the key components is to “Listen without judgement or distractions to absorb what is being said”.  By simplifying the experience with a radio, you may gain a whole different perspective.

Regardless of your views on this election, you can still vote and that is priceless.