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Meet Jimmy Belmont, the other brother

Meet Jimmy Belmont, the other brother

TOLEDO, Ohio (March 24, 2019) — It’s difficult to imagine the immense and sudden infiltration of pain and sorrow that was altogether thrust upon Chic and Sandy Belmont when the call came in one warm summer night. That one that parents have nightmares over regularly; but quite fortunately, more often than not, for no reason. That wasn’t the case for the Belmont family, when, just past midnight, like an alarm in the silence of the night, the old-fashioned dial-up phone…

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Remembering Long Nine Museum curator, Lincoln lookalike & good friend John Eden

Remembering Long Nine Museum curator, Lincoln lookalike & good friend John Eden

ATHENS, Ill. (March 1, 2019) — I had already known him for 10 years when it all of a sudden dawned on me. We were chatting inside the Long Nine Museum, and there, before my very eyes, was Abraham Lincoln, or the nearest lookalike I had ever seen. And without even trying. His eyes, chin, cheekbones, mouth, ears, nose, forehead, the construction of his face…he looked just like Lincoln! Sure, there are tons of impersonators out there…taller specimens with the…

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Meet the amazing Miss Nichols, world-record aviator in a Crosley

Meet the amazing Miss Nichols, world-record aviator in a Crosley

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Feb. 23, 2019) — Powel Crosley certainly earned his place among the industrial giants of the 20th century. From mass production of radios, cars, home appliances and smart bombs for World War II; to creating the most powerful radio broadcast station in the world; to ownership of the Cincinnati Reds; his place in American history is secure. Yet there is still more to the man and his legacy. While he was becoming the largest radio producer in the…

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Tragedy follows tragedy…the aftermath of Bob Sweikert’s death

Tragedy follows tragedy…the aftermath of Bob Sweikert’s death

TOLEDO, Ohio (Feb. 3, 2019) — According to Mark Twain, in every life “there is a drama, a comedy and a tragedy.” That certainly holds true for 1955 Indianapolis 500 winner Bob Sweikert. Handsome, charismatic, courageous, smart, successful, and on top of the world, Sweikert’s life ended in tragedy when his yellow No. 1 sprint car, just one year after he won the world’s most famous race, tumbled over the turn one wall at Salem Speedway. The likeable, rising superstar,…

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The Crosley Brothers, part 8, plus epilogue

The Crosley Brothers, part 8, plus epilogue

With so much unspeakable tragedy all around, Powel, now 67, did what Powel knew how to do. He picked himself up off the ground and moved on to the next thing. It wasn’t exactly a new thing; but it was something near and dear to his heart – his very own Cincinnati Reds. With time on his hands, he began traveling with the baseball team, often chartering private planes for all. It seemed to serve him well on the heels…

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The Crosley Brothers Story parts 6 & 7

The Crosley Brothers Story parts 6 & 7

With the war winding down overseas, there were big changes on the horizon for the Crosley Corporation. After a quarter century in the radio business, Powel was bored, and Lewis was tired. Both were pushing 60 and both could see that maintaining market share in the radio business in the post-war economy was going to be difficult at best. Besides, Powel still had his heart set on manufacturing cars, and with the war ending, there would supposedly be abundant steel…

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The Crosley Brothers, part 4 & 5…

The Crosley Brothers, part 4 & 5…

Part 4 By Don Radebaugh — If Crosley Radio Corporation stock wasn’t immune to the stock market – it went from almost $100 a share in late October to $19 in less than a month – Powel and Lewis Crosley were far better prepared for the country’s hard times ahead. While much of America bought on credit – the bills all at once coming due – the Crosley Corporation wisely operated on a cash basis. They didn’t owe anyone. And…

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The Crosley Brothers Story, Parts 2 & 3

The Crosley Brothers Story, Parts 2 & 3

By Don Radebaugh — By now the gears in Powel Crosley’s head had churned and turned to the point where a concrete plan began to take shape. If Crosley intended on mass-producing his own radios, then it only made sense that he needed his own radio station to help market his new product. On July 21, 1921, the Department of Commerce granted Crosley his first broadcast license – call letters 8XAA. He went on air three evenings a week. With…

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Meet the Henry Fords of radio: the Crosley Brothers story, Part 1

Meet the Henry Fords of radio: the Crosley Brothers story, Part 1

By Don Radebaugh — It reads like a fairy tale; but plays more like a major motion picture. It’s the story of how an 11-year-old boy and a “toy” would ignite a radio manufacturing revolution that reverberated around the world. And that’s exactly what happened when Powel Crosley, Jr. and his son Powel III gazed upon one of the country’s first wireless radio sets at Precision Equipment in Cincinnati, Ohio. Powel Crosley’s amazing journey may start with a low-cost, affordable…

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Crosley team tours iconic Crosley Radio Corp building in downtown Cinci

Crosley team tours iconic Crosley Radio Corp building in downtown Cinci

By Don Radebaugh — Bo LeMastus is a lot like the industrial giants of yesteryear. Be careful about telling him he can’t accomplish something, because, like the Henry Fords of the world, he’ll prove you wrong every time. LeMastus, who also races on the NASCAR and ARCA circuits — when he’s not tending to his day job as CEO/Chairman of the Board at Crosley Brands — recently toured the iconic Crosley Radio Corporation headquarters in the Camp Washington neighborhood of…

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