Happy Independence Day

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We wish all of you a safe and fun holiday – C. Crane Family

Memorial Day

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While we view Memorial Day as the official summer kick off and enjoying a B-B-Q with friends or family, please remember to set aside some time to honor the service men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. That freedom extends into radio in the form of Freedom of Speech. Whether you agree or disagree with a host, your right to do so is largely a result of those who have gone before us to secure that freedom.

Gene Burns, an unforgettable icon in radio history, believed that talk radio played a crucial role in exercising and preserving our First Amendment Right. He gave one of the most moving speeches about the Freedom of Speech when he accepted the “Freedom of Speech” award at Talker’s. It was so long ago, there is no recording that we could locate (still working on it), but we did find some YouTube videos of Gene that make one realize that even though everything seemingly changes, everything really is the same…. Michael Harrison, founder of Talker’s Magazine and host of podcast Up Close and Far Out is also a huge proponent of Freedom of Speech. He said this in an interview on KNPR “I think talk radio is a very vital expression of the First Amendment,” he said, “And I think that the First Amendment, freedom of speech, is not a tidy affair. You cannot have free speech and have it be nice or the way you like it or only the truth or only things that are political correct. Free speech is the foundation upon which America is built.”

Take a minute this weekend when you’re listening to the radio or watching YouTube videos, about whatever content that you have the freedom to choose, to say thanks to all of those that died to secure your freedom.

May we never forget freedom isn’t free.

Why is Television so Hard to Hear?

This question came up during a recent tour at C. Crane with the Fortuna Senior Center. “My brand new television has terrible audio and I have to turn the volume way up and then next thing I know it’s blasting out my eardrums – do you have a fix for this?” There was a Wall Street Journal article on exactly this issue and we were able to share some ideas on possible solutions and some basic info on why this happens. While we’re usually known for radio, we do know a bit about audio as well.

Often it’s assumed that the sound issues are all related to hearing loss, but it turns out while that may be part of the problem, it’s not the whole story. With TVs getting thinner and thinner, speaker size, positioning and sound are often an after thought if even considered at all. This could be a big reason why personal sound systems are making a come back. We offer the AEGO Soundbar system to help combat poor audio. Not ready to make that kind of an investment? Here are a couple things you can try:

  1. Locate the speakers on your TV – depending on where they are (often pointing down on the bottom of the television), move your TV. Setting your TV on a wooden surface could do the trick because the sound needs something to bounce off of. Try out different combinations since even a table runner could muffle the sound by absorbing it.
  2. Play with the settings on your TV’s sound. Depending on the issue you are experiencing – illegible voice, too loud, too soft, etc. – you may be able to find a better audio setting on your television.

If none of those things, work you might want to consider our FM Transmitter that can bring the audio from your TV to your radio. Our CCRadio 2E has amazing sound quality and then the audio is right next to you. This is a pretty inexpensive way to improve the sound. Or if you don’t mind wearing earphones, there are many wireless and Bluetooth® options that might work with your new television.

Have you found this to be an issue for you? Share your solutions in the comments below!

 

It’s Snowbird Season!

snowbirdrvFor those that may not be familiar with the term, a “snowbird” is an individual from the Northern United States or Canada that spends the colder months in the warmer climates of Florida, Arizona, California, Hawaii, or well, you get the idea.  After spending a balmy winter among the palm trees or cactus, they pack up and make their way home to family, long-time neighbors and hopefully, a house that is exactly as they left it months ago.

For those of you unfamiliar with the not-so-rarely sighted snowbird, they are a special species with a lot to offer the communities where they land.  Making a visit to the BLT blog for lifestyle & travel will fill you in on “30 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Snowbirds.”  Maybe one day you can join the flock.

If you are one of the millions of people that already call themselves a snowbird, you probably don’t need to be reminded of the many complications this human migration can bring.  In addition to a mile-long checklist to winterize the home up north and arrange for your absence, there is also preparation for the trip itself.  This includes saying goodbye to family with a strict promise to give them up-to-the-minute progress reports on your journey, lest you should fall off the face of the earth.  These days a whole lot of folks still do this by email or Facebook, which leaves you relying on the WiFi signals available at RV parks, or a free signal from an eatery across the road.  These signals can be spotty, causing a lot of frustration and keeping you from sending out those anticipated updates, or getting a weather report for tomorrow.  You have enough to worry about without receiving a verbal finger wagging from your adult children, or having everything strapped to the roof get soaked because you didn’t know rain was headed your way.

CC Vector Home WiFi Repeater System Item # VEC1 $149.99

CC Vector Home WiFi Repeater SystemItem # VEC1 $149.99

CC Vector RV WiFi Repeater System Item # VEC2 $169.99

CC Vector RV WiFi Repeater SystemItem # VEC2 $169.99

 

C. Crane has the perfect solution for unreliable WiFi with a variety of antennas and signal repeaters based on your situation.  Please visit our web site to help make your migration a smooth one.

 

 

 

 

C. Crane 12 Days of Christmas

12 days of Christmas

December 10th, 2015:

Congratulations to Jim Sherman, winner of the SoftSpeaker 2 Pillow Speaker with Volume Control.

Today’s giveaway: The Power Vivid Pocket Flashlight and the Voz Earbuds

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

Today’s blog question: What’s your favorite holiday movie? Or holiday Show?

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

Something That Never Has Been Seen Before

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How to listen to Art Bell

It isn’t often where people in the radio business see something they’ve never seen before, but just recently Michael Harrison (a veteran of radio and the publisher of Talkers ) released “An international group of extremely loyal fans of legendary radio talk show host Art Bell (left) have pooled their financial resources and invested in a major trade publication advertising campaign (see box and banner ads on every page of Talkers.com and the TALKERS email newsletter) on behalf of their favorite broadcaster.  The purpose is to let broadcast radio owners, managers and programmers know that the iconic champion of cosmic consciousness, the paranormal and metaphysical subject matter is back in action doing a nightly (12:00 midnight – 3:00 am ET) online radio program via the Dark Matter Digital Network titled “Midnight in the Desert” – and, most importantly, that it is immediately available for syndication on AM and FM radio stations. Launched this past summer, the show is already carried on more than 35 terrestrial stations across the US and Canada.”

Michael Harrison went on to say “In the 25 years that we have been publishing TALKERS, we have never witnessed this type of display of fan loyalty.  It is remarkable and tremendously inspirational for all of us who love radio and have a vested interest in the proliferation of the viability of the FM/AM paradigm.  Thank you Art Bell for continuing to be a trailblazer and to his very special fan base for showing us that people will certainly care if we simply ‘do our jobs’ the way we are supposed to.”

Congratulations Art Bell and congratulations to radio hosts and fans everywhere. Way to be creative!

Click here to read the full article

25 Days Of Christmas

CC GozoToday’s giveaway is the CC Gozo AM/FM Radio with Hi-Fidelity Audio

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

Today’s blog question: Holiday jingles and tunes; love them or hate them?

The winners will be selected in a random drawing and will be announced Monday morning. Good Luck!

C. Crane’s 30 Year Anniversary- 30 Days of Giveaways, Winner!

Thank you all for participating in our C. Crane 30 Year Anniversary- 30 Days of Giveaways Blog! We had a huge amount of response and the comments that were left were very nice to read.

Congratulations to yesterday’s winner Kathy Spacone who won the final prize of the $200 C. Crane Gift Certificate! WAHOOO!!!!

Please keep the C. Crane Blog bookmarked and check it from time to time, we have great entry’s and you never know when we will have another giveaway…

Thank you again!

C. Crane’s 30 Year Anniversary- 30 Days of Giveaways, Day 30!

Today is the last day to enter into our 30 Days of Giveaways Blog!

Congratulations to yesterday’s winner Gerald for winning the CC Solar Observer AM/FM/Weather Windup Emergency Radio and Matt R for winning the GeoBulb®-3 LED Light Bulb (Warm White).

Today’s 30 Days of Giveaways Final Blog Topic is: How would you spend the $200 C. Crane Gift Certificate if you win?

Today’s giveaway is a $200 C. Crane Gift Certificate. To participate all you have to do is leave a comment on today’s blog post. We will select one comment in a random drawing and post the winner Thursday morning. Good luck!

 

C. Crane’s 30 Year Anniversary- 30 Days of Giveaways, Day 14!

We hope you all had a wonderful weekend!

Congratulations to Friday’s winners Robert A. Roesing for winning the CC Radio-SW AM/FM Shortwave Radio and William Brown for winning the Power Vivid® BR40 LED Light Bulb.

Congratulations to Saturday’s winners Jim Sherman for winning the SoftSpeaker™-2 Pillow Speaker with Volume Control and Shil Bhaku for winning the GeoBulb®-3 LED Light Bulb (Warm White).

Congratulations to Sunday’s winners Chuck Mound for winning the CC SW Pocket AM/FM/SW Radio and Bill A for winning the Power Vivid® BR40 LED Light Bulb.

Today’s Blog Topic is: The Holiday’s are right around the corner, what is your favorite part of the Holiday Season?

Today’s giveaways are the CC Gozo AM/FM Radio with Hi-Fidelity Audio and a Sun’s Dusk LED Accent Light Bulb. To participate all you have to do is leave a comment on today’s blog post. We will select two comments in a random drawing and post the winners on Tuesday morning. Good Luck and thank you everyone for the comments!

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