Yet another zero-budget project at the Navy Museum.

There is a display wherein sailors gather ‘round a radio to hear Roosevelt’s “infamy” speech. For literally decades, there was an actual antique radio mounted to the wall that would play the speech when a button was pressed. The radio had reached an advanced state of decay, and I was asked to repair it. But it was past the point of restoration, so I decided to make a fake radio to replace it.

The original radio protruded from the wall nearly ten inches and was a traffic hazard. I decided to make simply the front panel of a “radio”. I managed to use the speaker grill and the dial indicator from the original. The frequency graphic is by Nathan Otlewski.