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Pogo Radio YourWay - Review
By Keith Benicek, Editor-in-Chief - Audiophile
October 27, 2004 - Page 1

Everyone is just too busy these days trying to get everything done in what little time we have and some things we want to do, see, or hear often are missed. For the busy person, the electronics companies have been very innovative coming out with devices that can carry your 2000 plus album music collection or record cable and broadcast TV right to DVD or a hard drive.

Recording live radio has been a problem for as long as I can remember, especially if the programs are longer than the standard 90 to 110 minute 1/4-inch cassette audio tapes, which are becoming harder and harder to find. Then there is the issue of trying to tape a show when you can’t be at the location of your radio and the tape deck.

I’ve been in radio for a long time, since WBBM in Chicago while in high school and college in the late 60’s; talk radio shows on computers and tech news in LA, to my undercover DJ’ing for a Jazz radio station a few times a week now.

Pogo Products has answered that prayer for not only a programmable radio recorder, but also one that easily drops into your shirt pocket for the on-the-go radio listener. The capabilities of this little device are quite staggering to find as you go through the extremely well written manual. Pogo’s Radio YourWay is made in Korea, where the mastery of small innovative electronics design has become as good as the best from Japan.

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Radio YourWay addresses a number of needs that busy people who like to listen to the radio; especially those in business and can’t stand to miss a favorite radio show. Radio YourWay will record either immediately or programmed for a future time, day of the week, length of recording and any AM or FM station within its reception area. Since it records “on-air” only in monaural (not stereo), it’s perfect for AM channels featuring talk, sports or special programming, but if you don’t mind listening to recorded FM shows in medium-fidelity non-stereo, it does an good job for your favorite music stations as well.

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" I swear that it is simpler than programming
a VCR, ........"

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Internally, the Radio YourWay has a 32MB Flash Ram, able to record about 6 hours of radio broadcasts as long as you have two fresh AAA alkaline batteries. Need more recording time and you have apocket full of batteries? The Radio YourWay has a handy SD/MMC card slot that will accept up to 256MB extra Flash RAM (128MB if it’s a MMC card). That is a lot of recording time!
     
        Controls are perfect for one handed operation

Programming the Pogo Radio YourWay to the 10 preset stations each for AM and FM is a breeze; as is setting up one-time or recurrent recording times. I swear that it is simpler than programming a VCR, although that might not be easy enough for a certain radio computer show host I know at KABC.

How many times have you wanted to listen to a certain talk show, ball game or special show and you had to be in a meeting or on a date? Your problem is solved, record it and play it back later today or tomorrow with the built-in speaker, stereo ear-buds, or better yet, plug it into your boom-box at home with a 1/8” stereo patch cord, all of which are included.


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