Known throughout history by a variety of different names, the radio first appeared in the early twentieth century, when a priest amazed audiences by transmitting the human voice wirelessly. Since then, this technology has come on leaps and bounds; the first radio news program was broadcast in the USA in 1920, and by the time the second world war was in full swing, families were tuning into the wireless on a nightly basis to hear the latest updates. From vintage wind up radios, to retro 1980's style clock radios that wake you up with a blast of music, and now the modern digital versions, the humble transistor has come a long way since its birth over a hundred years ago. Classic Radio Ideal for anyone who loves vintage and retro items, clock radios, AM/FM radios and smaller portable versions are all still widely available. The classic brands, such as Sony and Roberts remain popular today, and despite living in an increasingly digitally-based age, many people choose to stick to the old analogue radio designs. A more budget-friendly option, their prices are often based on the fact that they tend to only receive signals from major radio stations 'ÃÂÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ a lot of people find the interference and manual tuning off-putting. Digital Radio Significantly more expensive, but also more stylish and with far more capabilities, digital radios are sleek to look at and simple to use. The digital radio has superior audio capacity, and can pick up a great deal more programs; they also have a far more modern aesthetic, and are often available in a wide range of colours and prints. It's also popular to find digital radios designed to appear more like retro radios, which makes them a popular choice with anybody who has a vintage themed home.