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I listen to the radio while at the reloading bench or puttering around in the basement. My old "sound system", a 1980s vintage Panasonic portable radio has been deteriorating badly so I asked for a replacement as a birthday gift. I asked for a new radio with good reception.

My wife got me a Grundig FR200 (Radio Shack sells them). This thing is amazing. Reception is fantastic. MUCH MUCH better than the old radio ever was. As a bonus it's got short wave 1 and 2, a built in flashlight, an internal battery that you charge by cranking a hand crank (60 easy cranks charges it for about an hour.) It also runs on 3 AA batteries and an optional AC adapter can be purchased for about $10.

Cost of radio is about $40. It's really worth it if you are a radio junkie like me. This would be a great radio for in the kitchen too, or any other place you use a radio. They market it as an emergency radio, but that's just marketing. It's a good unit.
 

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If a radio is essential reloading equipment

I'll select one of the music channels on the cable TV behind me when I reload. Usually the oldies one or classical. Nothing I have to pay attention to. I found that even listening to my wife's TV program upstairs I can get distracted. Now I have to convince her not to start a conversation with me while I reload or practice clogging with the dogs on the deck that is attached to the wall next to my reloading setup.
 

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If a radio is essential reloading equipment

I have an old radio plugged in above my bench! It powers up when I turn on the lights!

I don't have it tuned to anything special, just so I have a little something to listen to, without getting absorbed into it!
DON'T WANT TO LOSE MY TRAIN OF THOUGHT!
 
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