for Zenith Transistor History
1) Smith, N.R. 1998. “Zenith Transistor Radios -
Evolution of a Classic”. Atgen Pa. Schiffer Publishing Ltd.
This is the definitive text on Zenith transistor radio history.
Norm had access to Zenith historical records and interviewed Zenith
employees to get first-hand information in writing this book. You’ll also
find numerous photos and a lucid writing style.
2) Bob McGarrah Zenith R500 Webpage
Bob’s website on transistor history is highly regarded and is
lauded as one of the best on the net. He has documented a unique
photographic and factual story of the famed Royal 500. While at Bob’s
site, be sure to see his spectacular photography for other aspects of
transistor history. Highly recommended!
3) Zenith Transistor Radio Repair Website
Jim Barnard, W4BRX, has developed a terrific website with the stated
WEBSITE DEVOTED TO COLLECTORS AND RESTORERS OF ZENITH TRANSISTOR RADIOS. There are some great photos, Zenith repair
information and a really helpful cross reference list for those inscrutable
Zenith “121” numbers. In addition, Jim has uploaded a complete slideset of
Ray’s 1996 presentation on Zenith transistor history. Thanks, Jim, for
your efforts on preserving Zenith history.
4) Link to Ray’s Zenith History Presentation at 1996 Quarterly
Meeting of the Indiana Historical Radio Society (Webpages hosted by Jim
Here is a direct link to Ray’s presentation hosted on Jim’s