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Thursday, May 08, 2008

AM/FM Radios for the Blind

Listen to Everything with C. Crane

C. Crane radios have been favorites of blind and visually impaired listeners for many years. I have been fortunate to have had many friends in the radio business and they've all told me about these radios. I wanted to share this one with you, I think they've improved the model by adding features that we will love.

The CCRadio Plus, Silver offers all the features of the original CCRadio - including unparalleled long-distance AM tuning - but now adds FM reception, National Weather Service emergency alerts, even the audio signals from local off-air TV stations! Combine these features with a highly tuned playback system designed to recreate the human voice accurately, and you get the ultimate talk radio listening device!

Although the CCRadio Plus, Silver offers dozens of features, perhaps its most significant is its short-wave receiver-quality reception of AM radio stations up to 300 miles away. Its reception is so powerful, the CCRadio Plus, Silver has even been known to pick up radio signals from Hawaii all the way from the mainland.

The CCRadio Plus, Silver also makes it easier to tune into programs on more than one station. For example, you can tune in one station and set the radio to switch to another station automatically at any time you specify. It's perfect if the talk radio show you listen to in the mornings is on a different station from the sports news you want to hear in the afternoon.

This improved version also features an updated external radio jack and FM stereo sound to the headphone jack. A lighted LCD display indicates battery life, time and station, with a signal meter that lets you tune your favorite station for the best reception in your area. Choose to wake to an alarm or the radio, or hit the snooze button for a few more minutes of sleep.

Other features include:

  • 1 KHz fine-tuning
  • External antenna jack can improve reception in a metal or brick building
  • Audio input and output jacks
  • Timer for taping programs or automatic station switching
  • Activated weather alert switches to weather band immediately when alarm sounds
  • Varying tones indicate FM, AM, TV or Weather band, ideal for the visually impaired

The radio is powered by the included AC adapter or via four D batteries (sold separately), which will power the radio for more than 250 continuous hours. CCRadio Plus, Silver is also available in black mica.


  • Dimensions: 11" W x 6 1/2" H x 4" D
  • Weight: 3.8 lbs.
  • Power: 4 D batteries or AC power adapter
  • Battery Life: Over 250 hours
  • Frequency Coverage: FM band: 875. to 108 MHz stereo; AM band: 520 to 1710 kHz; TV band: channels 2 to 13, audio only Weather Band: Channel 1: 162.400 MHz; channel 2: 162.425 MHz; channel 3: 162.450 MHz; channel 4: 162.475 MHz; channel 5: 162.500 MHz; channel 6: 162.525 MHz; channel 7: 162.550 MHz
  • FM, TV and Weather Band Antenna: Telescopic whip antenna
  • AM Antenna: Built-in ferrite bar; external AM antenna directly wired through filter network into RF front end

Click this link to purchase the CCRadio from the Smarthome website.

Low Vision Large Dial AM/FM Radio

Blind and Low Vision music lovers will instantly appreciate this table radio. With only 3 dials controlling all functions and an oversized tuning dial that is easy to manipulate, listening to your favorite station has never been easier or sounded better. The ultimate combination of performance and simplicity, it is still small enough to fit even the tightest space. It's precise tuner pulls in even the weakest stations and delivers a crystal clear audio signal. This AM/FM Table Radio provides exceptional audio quality and easy-to-use functionality in an attractive, handmade wood cabinet. Perfect for home or work. At only 4 lbs, this unit is also easy to handle and set up. Features Stereo headphone output jack. 9V power adaptor included.

Click this link to purchase the Low Vision Large Dial AM/FM Radio from

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