Portable recorder lets radio show fans hear show whenever


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November 13, 2003|By Kevin E. Washington

More often than not, I'll spend an extra 15 minutes sitting in my car in my apartment complex parking lot trying to catch the last of some program on C-SPAN or National Public Radio. My mother does the same thing in her driveway but most often for some wonderful piece of jazz that is coming across the airwaves. And a host of others I know do so too.

PoGo! Products has a solution for those of us who routinely sit in our driveways and parking lots patiently waiting for a radio program to end. The Radio YourWay device ($150) is one of the few portable digital AM/FM radio recorders on the market.

This simple device not only captures radio programs for you, but it also will store and play MP3s and Windows Media audio files. It also performs as a voice recorder with its built-in microphone.

The built-in 32 megabytes of memory will hold up to 4.5 hours, although you can plug in an SD or MMC digital media card to boost the recording time to 40 hours - depending upon the capacity of the card. The device has a Universal Serial Bus port connection to transfer MP3s and WMA files to or from the recorder, which means you can use the 32 megabytes of on-board memory to transfer any files you choose between computers.

The device uses two AAA batteries, which come in the box. If you want to plug into a wall socket, you will need to buy an optional AC adapter.

While recording real-time radio is great, what really makes the Radio YourWay device a must if you like radio is that you can set it up to record in much the same way that you set up a VCR. You can schedule it to catch a daily program or weekly program.

The built-in speaker is adequate for listening to playback, but I did find the earbuds, included in the box, much better.

A Radio YourWay device with 128 megabytes of memory and an AC adapter costs $200.

Information: 714-674-5190 or www.pogoproducts.com.

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