Dan spots a Barlow Wadley XCR-30 in “The Looming Tower”

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Dan Robinson, who writes:

[This Barlow Wadley XCR-30 (above)] appears in Episode 4 of The Looming Tower on Hulu. Shown sitting in a slum in Nairobi (or a location posing as Nairobi), tuned to what sounds like Radio Australia…

Great catch, Dan! If I ever find an XCR-30 in great shape, I think I’ll snag one. I’ve always loved their simple, all-business front panel and legendary–once benchmark–performance.

Of course, I’ll add this post to our ever growing archive of radios in film!

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One thought on “Dan spots a Barlow Wadley XCR-30 in “The Looming Tower”

  1. Colin Newell

    I have a fully functional Barlow-Wadley XCR-30 sitting behind me in my lab at the University of Victoria – bought it from Ian McFarland of Radio Canada International.

    I’d happily send it off to a younger radio enthusiast for future caretaking and use.

    I check it against my signal generators occasionally – still crazy sensitive uniformly from one end of its range to the other.


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