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Made in Wisconsin: Restoring Antique Radios

OREGON (WKOW) -- They are treasures of decades past, but over the years they lose their luster. That's where one local man steps in.

Michael Lewis breathes new life into antique radios.

He says, "Old radios are not only a piece of history, a lot of them are very beautiful."

They are beautiful, and nostalgic, but most of the time, they don't work.

"A lot of the old radio shops died out decades ago," says Lewis.

Lewis has transformed his old Oregon farm house into a workshop to fix the antique radios. He has about 250 stored in his home, and they date back to the 1920's.

For the past 30 years, this has been Lewis' passion, and now, his full-time job.

"The radios will end up working as they did the day they came out of the factory," says Lewis.

It begins with testing all the parts, and replacing the ones that don't work.

But some of the parts are more than 80 years old, so replacing and rebuilding them is a skill you won't find many places. "I would suspect I'm probably one of the top ten in the country," says Lewis.
    
That is why he's passing on his expertise to students who want to learn the craft.

"I greatly enjoy teaching people how to do this, and I want that art to stay alive," says Lewis.

Giving new life to the past is why we're calling this "re-Made in Wisconsin".

If you're interested in restoring an antique radio, you can contact Lewis here.

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