Takemi Ebata, Yoichi Hisano, & Bruce Springsteen (RS-466)



It’s not every day that the creators of a boombox in an iconic photograph are identified, but today is one of those days.

While we still don’t know who created the JVC RC-M90 immortalized on LL Cool J’s platinum-selling first album Radio, the creators of the Panasonic RS-466 that Bruce Springsteen is rockin’ in this 1978 Lynn Goldsmith photograph are now known.

Bruce Springsteen with Panasonic RS-466 Mk II S

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Takemi Ebata and Yoichi Hisano created 245038 AKA, the Panasonic RS-466 in 1975. Today - over 35 years later - their names are finally known but their stories are still untold and unsung. We want to change that.

  • Year Panasonic introduced RS-466: 1975
  • Creators: Takemi Ebata & Yoichi Hisano
  • Current age of creators: 75-85 yrs.

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Murray Camens and Graham Hinde (D 8007)



With its primary colors, simple geometric forms and patterns, the Philips D 8007 (Roller Radio) is a classic example of a boombox influenced by the 1980s Memphis design movement founded by Ettore Sottsass.

Philips D 8007 Roller Radio Boombox

Created by two Dutch designers in 1985 during the waning years of the boombox’s golden-age, the D 8007 creators’ names are now known but their stories are still untold over 25 years later.

  • Year Philips introduced D 8007 (Roller Radio): 1988
  • Creators: Murray Camens & Graham Hinde
  • Current age of creators: 65-75 yrs.

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Jean-Michel Basquiat (PH 480K)



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One of the most celebrated painters/poets during the boombox’s golden age - 1970s-1980s - Jean-Michel Basquiat always enjoyed his music during his meteoric rise to the top of the international art world. Whether sharing Ravel, Bird, or Eno, JMB couldn’t live without his radio in the studio or on the street, beach, or plane.

The images above are from the excellent documentary, Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child.

The boombox he’s drawing with on the beach is similar to the Sanyo M2422. Does anyone know the exact model?

The Fisher PH 480K was created in 1981 - over 30 years ago - and its creators are still unknown and unsung. We want to change that.

  • Year Fisher introduced PH 480K: 1981
  • Current age of creators: 65-75 yrs.

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The First Boombox? (22RR482)



Radio Recorder Spezial 22RR482

The generally accepted definition of a boombox is a handled, portable, battery and mains operable radio receiver with a cassette player/recorder and one or more speakers. 

According to Wikipedia, in 1969 Philips introduced the first machine that expanded this definition. The innovation of the Radio Recorder Spezial 22RR482 was the ability to record the radio signal directly to cassette tape - previously only possible using cables or a microphone directed at the speaker. This new feature contributed to the popularity and proliferation of boomboxes during the golden-age - the 1970s and 1980s - and made possible the creation of countless mixtapes which became an integral part of early hip-hop and music sharing culture.

It’s been over forty years and the creators of the 22RR482 are still unknown and unsung. Can you help change that?

  • Year Philips introduced 22RR482: 1969
  • Current age of creators: 80-90 yrs.

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4.2 Million Boomboxes Sold! (RQ-543)



Wow! 4.2 million units sold of one ラジカセ in 15 years - that’s an average of 767 boomboxes sold per day for fifteen years - (is that a record?)

The company that achieved this feat - Matsushita Electric Industrial Company - (parent company of National, Panasonic, NAIS, Quasar, Technics, Ramsa, Rasonic, Victor/JVC, Sanyo) was founded in 1917 by Konosuke Matsushita. The museum bearing his name and showcasing important Matsushita company products has at least one ラジカセ displayed: the gold National Panasonic RQ-543 created in 1975 exclusively for the Middle East market. While rare outside the region, 4.2 million units were sold during 1975-1990 making this one of the few boomboxes of which actual numbers-sold are available.

Konosuke-san may have had a hand in the strategic and marketing decisions for the RQ-543, but it’s unlikely that he designed/created the actual gold ラジカセ. Given the similar design elements to the National Panasonic RF-5410LBS, it’s quite possible that Kazumasa Takenaka, Kikuo Ohta, or Benito Mishiro helped create the RQ-543. Today unfortunately, the actual creators are still unknown and their stories untold. We want to change that.

  • Year National Panasonic introduced RQ-543: 1975
  • Current age of creators: 70-80 yrs.

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The Fantastical and Real Boomboxes of Richard Culbertson (3-5252C)



Richard Culbertson, an industrial designer at General Electric during the 1970s-1980s, passed away in 2011. While working at GE he created fantastical and real boomboxes. Here are some of them.

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Richard Culbertson GE D268755 Boombox

Richard Culbertson GE D268755 Boombox

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Richard Culbertson GE D268755 Boombox

Richard Culbertson GE D268755 Patent

Richard Culbertson GE D268755 Boombox

  • Birth year of Richard Culbertson: 1932
  • Year General Electric introduced 3-5252C (D268755): 1983
  • Current age of creator: Deceased

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August 11, 1981 (Sharp GF-999 & Bruce Springsteen)



Sharp GF-999 1981-08-11 date stamp

Bruce Springsteen with Panasonic RS-466 Mk II S

At least two great things happened on August 11, 1981. The back of the above Sharp GF-999 was manufactured, soon making yet another grail boombox available to the music sharing masses. And on that same Tuesday, Bruce Springsteen played the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan as part of The River tour (Bruce is rockin’ a Panasonic RS-466 Mk II S in front of New York’s ritzy The Stork Club in this Lynn Goldsmith picture).

While not this 999’s definitive created-on date, it provides a good estimate of when this piece of plastic started its journey to becoming an iconic boombox over 30 years ago.

It existed in the minds of its creators well before August 11, 1981 and today they are still unknown and unsung. We want to change that.

  • Year Sharp introduced GF-999: 1980
  • Current age of creators: 70-80 yrs.

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Happy International Boombox Day!



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Today, July 20th, by sharing music through their creations, we celebrate the anonymous creators of the international cultural icon ラジカセ - the boombox/ghettoblaster.

Beginning in 1978 with the Victor/JVC RC-550, the boombox Golden Age (1978 to 1985) saw dozens of manufacturers competing to innovate and outsell each other. Exact numbers are difficult to come by, but a conservative estimate is 400,000 boomboxes were sold worldwide during the Golden Age.

And yet today, over 30 years later, the creators of these amazing machines are unknown and unsung. We want to change that.

  • Year Victor/JVC introduced RC-550: 1978
  • Current age of creators: 70-80 yrs.

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