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Why Buy A C. Crane Radio?

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Whether you are a new listener to radio or an avid long-term fan, our radios please all audiences. Need a radio to master the outdoors while you are out Gardening, Hunting, Fishing, enjoying a cup of tea overlooking a beautiful sunset or just taking a Nature walk? C.Crane has been working hard at the drawing board for over 30 years now and it’s all because of YOU! When our customers suggest to tweak something or add another component, we listen and produce exactly what you were looking for each and every time! Continue Reading

2017 Entercom & CBS Radio Merge * What that means for your internet radio listening

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With so many changes going on in the world, we sometimes wonder how those big switches can impact our lives. For us and we’re sure for you too, radio listening is King!

With the help of technology, radio has throttled forward to incorporate the latest and greatest in the world wide web of talk & music! Our customers are enjoying these benefits with our CC Wifi Radio that has iHeart radio who currently is #1 in the nation. Following in #2 slot has come to fruition with the joining of two Mammoths. CBS Radio Inc. (“CBS Radio”) and Entercom Communications Corp. (“Entercom”) (NYSE: ETM)  merged on November 17th 2017. Continue Reading

Respect the Earth!

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More than 20 Million people and thousands of local schools and communities participated in the first Earth Day which took place on April 22, 1970.

Celebrated in over 192 countries each year, it is one of the most widely acknowledged environmental events across the globe dedicated to increasing awareness about the Earth. Today, more than 1 Billion people participate in Earth Day. Continue Reading

Off the Grid Living at its Finest

One of the things we’ve found about being in a rural, remote location with service limitations is that there is a lot of interest in “off the grid” living. Sometimes this is by choice for sustainability or a desire to be independent of public resources, other times, it’s out of necessity due to financial or physical constraints.

C. Crane has always promoted alternative energy especially when it saves money.  We currently work with Six Rivers Solar, here in Humboldt County, where they use some of our WiFi equipment such as our CC Vector Long Range WiFi Repeater System for one of their newest packages designed around off the grid living or situations where power is not easily accessible. Continue Reading

Why the CCRadio-EP Was Built – by Bob Crane

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.

Bob Crane

Watercolor painting by Irene Crane

Watercolor painting by Irene Crane

Are You a True Baseball Fan?

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If you’re a “true” baseball fan then you know Spring Training has begun and you’re excited to see your favorite team back on the field or hear about it on the radio and you’re counting down the days until regular season play.

Perhaps your love for the game came about on your own backyard ball field, or going to the game with your Dad or Grandpa, or sneaking your radio under the covers to hear the game broadcast late into the evening. We found an awesome article on the relationship of announcers, commercial radio and fandom that really hit to the heart of what we often hear – radio is community and sports radio is no exception, in fact it may be the inception. Continue Reading

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