The problem with the medium of radio isn’t that it’s dead, but rather that it’s just not very good anymore. Much like the local UHF stations of old, most radio has gone corporate, losing any kind of regional identity and flavor. For the most part, you won’t hear local bands or live local shows, but you will hear 45 infuriating minutes of ads that promise no ads and non-stop rock, as well a little music like “All Along the Watch Tower” and other overplayed tunes. We actually like listening to the radio, just not the majority of what’s being broadcast. That being said, should you be a radio aficionado and in the mood for a radio that doesn’t stream from the Internet, Tom Kipgen might have one for you. The retired salesman-turned-designer, spends his time building both tube and crystal sets, which he sells at extremely decent prices. Below are some of our favorite radios he’s designed, and we encourage you to check out all of them at his site for more images and a bit about each one.