“Be The Girl With The Bush.”

I’m not sure why I was thinking of this, maybe it is because I have a sore throat, or I didn’t sleep well last night. Maybe I was just reminiscing about things from childhood, but for some reason I have been thinking about this classic radio my parents had in their studio when I was a kid. The radio was a Bush TR82 designed by David Ogle in 1959. I’m not sure how long they had it, I just remember being completely fascinated by the huge dial, and the red and white plastic body. I know that by the time I was 8 or 9 this had been replaced with a newer multi-band black box of some sort. When I was searching on Google this morning I came across many images of the TR82, and one very poorly worded ad. (See the last image in this post) Seeing images of the TR82 really took me back. It kind of makes me want to try find an original one even if I’ll never listen to it.

Looking at it today, I love this radio even more. The design is exquisite, owing more to American design styling of the time, rather than what was being produced by companies like Braun in Germany, or other English firms. The huge dial on the front reminds me of the automotive styling being done by Raymond Lowe or Harvey Earl. It is like the speedometer of a 1959 Cadillac. I love it. Trimmed in chrome, and featuring a slow-pointer for the dial where station selections are made. The painted aluminum chassis, which provided structure, with plastic overlays in red, blue, or tan. I can see why this radio had such mass appeal on a world-wide scale. In 1997 this radio was relaunched in the same size as the original, but lacking the chrome, and aluminum chassis. In addition Bush added a VHF button to the top along with the original AM and FM selectors. I remember looking the reissue, and thinking it just didn’t feel right even though Bush went to great lengths to make sure the new radio matched the old design by David Ogle.

Some unfortunately bad ad copy here. I'm not sure what the editors were thinking.