Public Radio - Single Station Tuner

This Mason jar radio is pre-tuned to your station of choice so it's always at hand.

$45.00

created by

Zach Dunham and Spencer Wright

read more about the maker

Always in Tune

In a world of infinite audio options, sometimes less is more. Spencer Wright and Zach Dunham seem to agree—their refreshingly minimal Mason jar radio is pre-tuned to the FM station of your choice so it's always at hand. Just turn a single knob and enjoy your favorite station without complicated controls, apps, or phone tethering. When prototyping their project, Spencer and Zach noticed listeners' loyalty to their local NPR stations and "Public Radio" resonated as an apt name for the design. The uncomplicated, cordless unit fits in anywhere at home, at work, or even outdoors. Just add two AA batteries and attach the antenna for over 30 hours of listening. If you move or change favorite station loyalty, the default station can be changed in a few simple steps. The design is compatible with any wide-mouth Mason jar, so swap in a larger one for a little bass boost. Made in Massachusetts and Brooklyn, NY.

Read more about how Zach and Spencer came together to create the Public Radio on our blog.

Listen to an interview from CBS Radio promoting the Public Radio here.

“While most of us are used to having unlimited options in the gadgets that surround us these days, radio is different.”

Zach Dunham and Spencer Wright had a realization about radio: there's probably just one station you tune in to throughout the day. "While most of us are used to having unlimited options in the gadgets that surround us these days, radio is different," they observe. Whether it's the local NPR affiliate or Top 40 hits, radio listeners' interaction is a dedicated activity.

The Brooklyn-based friends are both hackers, makers, and engineers. Zach's background skews towards audio, and Spencer’s tends towards mechanical stuff. They both appreciate well-designed, simple, and even single-purpose products.

Read more about how Zach and Spencer came together to create the Public Radio on our blog.

Exclusive Made in the USA
Measurements
3.5" L x 3.5" W x 6" H
Ingredients
Care
Keep away from water. Remove batteries for extended storage.
Item ID
46881

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This is a made-to-order item. If you order today your item will ship no later than 4/30/2018.

At this time, this item cannot be shipped to P.O. Boxes or to APO/FPO or US Territories. Contact custom@uncommongoods.com with any questions.

Please note: This item is not available to ship outside of the U.S.

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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UncommonGoodsPublic Radio - Single Station Tuner
 
4.8

(based on 22 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (21)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (19)
  • Simple controls (18)
  • Compact (16)
  • Lightweight (12)
  • Durable (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home (18)
  • Office (14)
  • Travel (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual user (9), Enthusiast (6), Power user (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (11), Yes (9)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Got one from the first kickstarter

This radio is awesome. It looks outstanding, super easy to use, very reliable and is a feature in our kitchen. The new version (one available here) will be able to easily change...Read complete review

This radio is awesome. It looks outstanding, super easy to use, very reliable and is a feature in our kitchen. The new version (one available here) will be able to easily change it's channel so that is nice especially since it can instantly revert back to it's primary channel. WBUR is our choice!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

No I will not buy this product again.

Short battery life.

Short battery life.

Reviewed by 22 customers

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5.0

I will buy this product again and again ❗️

By 

from Kittery Pt. ME

About Me Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • Compact
  • Durable
  • Easy Controls
  • Lightweight
  • Long Battery Life

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Bought another for myself to bring to Florida❗️
    • Home
    • Office
    • Travel

    Comments about UncommonGoods Public Radio - Single Station Tuner:

    EVERYONE just loves this radio. Just turn it on and there you go. Clear as a bell.
    You just order the station that you want it set to. I went online to find out the NPR Station closest to my area where ve vacation in Florida and when we arrived it worked beautifully. I will buy this again and again as a gift for people who like to listen to radio.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    5.0

    Great product!

    By 

    from Dallas, TX

    About Me Casual User

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attractive Design
    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Easy Controls
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home
      • Office

      Comments about UncommonGoods Public Radio - Single Station Tuner:

      Since I do not own a television, this little FM radio tuned to my NPR station, is a constant companion. It's portable, lightweight, stylish, lightweight and has an excellent sound quality.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      Back to Basics

      By 

      from Charlotte, NC

      About Me Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Easy Controls

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home
        • Office

        Comments about UncommonGoods Public Radio - Single Station Tuner:

        In a world utterly surrounded by screens and flashy lights, this radio is a welcome retreat to times where entertainment was nothing more than turning a dial on a radio. The Public Radio is a wonderfully simple yet elegant device. A more civilized device for a more civilized aged, one might say.

        Tuned to your local public radio station and that alone, all you have to do is turn one knob and adjust the volume. No apps, no crashing, no ads, no problems.

        The hardware is built like a tank...this feels like a solid machine, not a toy. The volume knob takes a pleasant effort to turn.

        The sound quality is surprisingly pleasant. I was highly impressed by the clear, crisp vocals this radio produced. Usually speakers on such small devices sound as bad as a drive-through from 1980.

        Function meets form in this radio like none other. If Dieter Rams listens to NPR, this would be his favorite radio to do so.

        Hope you enjoy it as much as I have!

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        No I will not buy this product again.

        By 

        from chicago il

        About Me Casual User

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attractive Design

        Cons

        • Short Battery Life

        Best Uses

        • Home

        Comments about UncommonGoods Public Radio - Single Station Tuner:

        Short battery life.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes
         
        5.0

        Unique and Fun Gift

        By 

        from San diego, CA

        About Me Casual User

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Attractive Design
        • Compact
        • Easy Controls
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home
          • Office

          Comments about UncommonGoods Public Radio - Single Station Tuner:

          I work for a large company and often interact with the same sub-contractor. Their firm gifted this to me and it is perfect. Gender neutral, unique, fun, very different, easy to use, and a simple design that fits into the modern office space.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes
           
          5.0

          Very Cool

          By 

          from Oregon

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Attractive Design
          • Compact
          • Easy Controls

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home
            • Office

            Comments about UncommonGoods Public Radio - Single Station Tuner:

            For anyone who likes radios, or to listen to OPB, this is a cool gift. Of course it will tune in to other stations, but I like that it that the default was 91.5

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes
             
            5.0

            Awesome gift!

            By 

            from Northampton, MA

            About Me Enthusiast

            Pros

            • Attractive Design
            • Compact
            • cool
            • Easy Controls

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about UncommonGoods Public Radio - Single Station Tuner:

                Great sound!

                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Stunning Audio

                By 

                from Porterville, CA

                About Me Casual User

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attractive Design
                • Compact
                • Easy Controls

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home
                  • Office
                  • Travel

                  Comments about UncommonGoods Public Radio - Single Station Tuner:

                  While the radio was a gift for our local Public Radio station when we got the radio I wanted to test it out. I installed the batteries and turned it on and to my surprise the station came in loud and very clear with a wonderful sound quality.The reason that it surprised me is that we live in a fringe coverage area of the station and I had expected that I would have to go outside and point the antenna toward the transmitter location, but there it sat on our coffee table putting out sound that rivals the sound from a high end audio system.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  My husband loved this radio

                  By 

                  from Kansas

                  About Me Casual User

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Attractive Design
                  • Compact
                  • Easy Controls
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                  • The base is glass which could break if dropped.

                  Best Uses

                  • Home
                  • Office

                  Comments about UncommonGoods Public Radio - Single Station Tuner:

                  We use it to listen to our favorite public radio shows. There is no constant turning dials to tune into our favorite show.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  I wish I could buy this for everyone on my Christmas list!

                  By 

                  from Missouri

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attractive Design
                  • Compact
                  • Easy Controls
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home
                    • Office

                    Comments about UncommonGoods Public Radio - Single Station Tuner:

                    This is a gift for my Dad. This is perfect for him as he does not like complicated electronics but is a dedicated public radio listener. He's absolutely going to love how easy this radio is to use! Plus it has remarkable sound quality! Much better than other radios. I am impressed. I probably need to buy one for myself!

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • Yes

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