Gilligan's Island Radio

Mr_Sparkle

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I just picked up an old radio like the one they used for the Gilligan's Island radio prop and am hoping to convert it. There isn't much to do to it, just add a drawer pull to the top (already have that part) and throw an antenna onto it. (see below)

radio.jpg

www.gilligansisle.com

Only problem is I don't have any good reference to figure out what the antenna really looks like. Does anyone have anything they can send me or post? Screen caps or better?

I'm also looking for a good photo to display along with the radio showing it from the TV show. All I can find are photos of the cast without the radio though.

Any help would be awesome.
Thanks
 

bleyd

Sr Member
Maybe it's an antennae off a boat? I was thinking a car antennae but where would they have gotten that? They probably canned some parts of the boat to make stuff around the island and to fix the radio.
 

SithLord

Sr Member
I think they guessed the audience wouldn't be able to tell if it was a car or boat antenna....it looks like a car one...American...but not Ford......that's a really cool radio...I remember those when I was a kid :confused
 

houdiniguy

Sr Member
LOVE IT.

May I ask where you got the radio?
What moldel it is?

Thanks and great fund.
The professor live here on Bainbridge Island near Seattle.
I got an autographed coconut saying "One of the professors nuts"
The professor - Russel Johnson Giligans Island
 

lonepigeon

Sr Member
I think you guys are missing the point.
The antenna and handle were added to the radio by the prop department to make it look better on TV. It's not supposed to be converted by the shipwrecked crew.
The antenna is most likely just off another radio or found in a pile of surplus parts the prop guys had on hand.
 

CessnaDriver

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LOVE IT.

May I ask where you got the radio?
What moldel it is?

Thanks and great fund.
The professor live here on Bainbridge Island near Seattle.
I got an autographed coconut saying "One of the professors nuts"
The professor - Russel Johnson Giligans Island
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AR-851 Packard Bell

http://www.gilligansisle.com/radio.html
 

Mr_Sparkle

Well-Known Member
Does anyone that can take screen caps own the DVD's? Better reference or just more reference would be good.

It may well be a car antenna but I lean more toward just an antenna off of another radio since that fat bottom on the antenna mates up well with the flat top of the radio. I would think that if it were off of a car it would have a bit of an angle to the base to match a car panel and probably wouldn't me a manual retractabe either . Can't rule it out though. Its certainly worth a look.

Thanks all,
 

rtfirefly

New Member
It's a Packard Bell AR-851 with a drawer handle and a fake antenna attached. The prop from the stills is a Magnavox Celestial model FM-97 which is darker and has a real antenna.
 

Lflank

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Re: Gilligan's Island Radio

And I still want one. Sometimes they come up on ebay but even in bad shape they command some good money. Seems anyone who puts one up for auction knows exactly what it is.

Heck, the Professor could have made one out of coconut shells, some string, and two mangos. He was better than MacGuyver.

;)
 

CessnaDriver

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Re: Gilligan's Island Radio

And yet... say it with me everyone... "he couldn't fix the hole in the boat?"

Alex


Well he did in one episode but the glue caused the whole boat to fly completely apart. He made rafts too, but it was always based on when the currents would work and it was rare I guess.
 

Lflank

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Re: Gilligan's Island Radio

Well he did in one episode but the glue caused the whole boat to fly completely apart. He made rafts too, but it was always based on when the currents would work and it was rare I guess.

My theory is that the Professor didn't really want to leave the island, and was secretly sabotaging all their plans. I don't blame him--if I were marooned on an island with Mary Ann, I wouldn't want us to be rescued either. :love
 

JoeG

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Re: Gilligan's Island Radio

Still trying to track down that antenna

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