World Receiver Radio, retail $~23.80
Manufactured by Shenzhen Kailong Electronics Co Ltd (URL not found)
Last updated 04-08-10

This is the World Receiver radio, made by Shenzhen Kailong Electronics Co Ltd out of China.
It is a small transistor radio that receives more than just the standard AM and FM; it also receives seven (yes, 7) shortwave bands, ranging from 13 meters to 49 meters.

It comes in a plastic body with metal speaker grille, and operates from a pair of AA cells (or "batteries" if you prefer). It features both an internal ferrite rod antenna (for AM) and a telescoping rod antenna (for FM and shortwave bands).

I've had this for quite a few years now, that's why it does not look brand spanken new in the above photograph!!!

This product does not emit light of its own, so the standard review format will not be used and the product will not be assigned a rating.

FWIW: This is model number KA-989.
It must be obsolete now, as it was not found on the internet.
There is an informational web page featuring a "shootout" between several "world band" radios -- including this one -- at if you're interested.

 Size of product w/hand to show scale SIZE

Install a pair of AA cells in the radio first (see directly below), and THEN you can catch that Mariners vs. Rockies baseball game over the airwaves!!!

Turn the radio on by rotating the volume wheel on the upper edge of the unit clockwise until it clicks, and keep turning it until the volume is at a comfortable level.

Select the frequency band you wish to listen to with the slide switch on the radio's front, located below the tuning dial window. Select the following:


Tune to the desired station using the second wheel on the upper edge of the unit; a red LED on the face of the radio will come on when you've tuned to a relatively strong station. You may use the tuning dial on the face of the radio to help narrow your search if you know the approximate frequency of the station you wish to receive.

For stations on the MW (AM) band, rotate the radio itself so that the best reception is obtained. And for all other bands, pull out the retractible telescoping antenna, orient it so that its tip points mainly skyward, and adjust it on its X axis (horizontally) until the best reception is obtained.

Listen, listen some more, and listen yet more.

When finished using this radio, rotate the volume wheel counterclockwise until it clicks -- this turns the radio's power off. Don't want to waste those precious AA cells ya know; and carefully collapse and stow the retractible telescoping antenna if you had used it earlier.

To change the AA cells when necessary, place the radio face-down on a soft surface like a bed, uphostered chair, couch, etc. and look on the back for a battery door at the right-hand side. Slide this door to the right slightly, then swing it up on its hinges. It stays attached to the radio, so it cannot fall off and become lost.

You'll see two AA cells in the compartment. Remove them, carry them to a bridge over deep water (the Brooklyn Bridge would be ideal; however, the Juneau-Douglas Bridge would also do in a pinch here), and throw them over the side so that they go "bulb bulb bulb" all the way to the bottom of Gastineau Channel with all of the bowling balls that were lobbed over that bridge in the 1950s and 1960s...O WAIT!!! THAT'S REALLY BAD FOR THE FISHIES!!! So just dispose of or recycle them as you see fit.

Insert two new AA cells into the compartment, orienting them so that their flat-ends (-) negatives face the springs for them in each chamber.

Swing the battery door back down, and gently slide it in until it snaps into position and fits flush with the rest of the radio's body.
Aren't you glad that you didn't throw those dead batteries over the side of the Juneau-Douglas Bridge now?

This is what the Juneau-Douglas Bridge looks like...or what it lookED like anyway before it was replaced in 1976.

And this is what the bridge looks like now.

Because this is a transistor radio and not a flashlight meant to be bashed, thrashed, trashed, and abused; I won't throw it against the wall, stomp on it, try to drown it in the toylet bowl or the cistern, run over it, swing it against the concrete floor of a porch, use a medium claw hammer in order to smash it open to check it for candiosity, fire it from the cannoņata, drop it down the top of Mt. Erupto (I guess I've been watching the TV program "Viva Piņata" too much again - candiosity is usually checked with a laser-type device on a platform with a large readout (located at Piņata Central), with a handheld wand that Langston Lickatoad uses, or with a pack-of-cards-sized device that Fergy Fudgehog uses; the cannoņata (also located at Piņata Central) is only used to shoot piņatas to piņata parties away from picturesque Piņata Island, and Mt. Erupto is an active volcano on Piņata Island {In the episode "Les Saves the Day...Again", Paulie Preztail says "Hey, ever wonder why this park's called 'Mount Erupto' anyway?", then Franklin Fizzlybear says "I think its an old native term. Means 'very safe.'"}), send it to the Daystrom Institute for additional analysis, or inflict upon it punishments that flashlights may have inflicted upon them.

As one person who emailed me a few years back said about another radio I have on this website, "radios are meant to be loved, not punished".

Spectrographic analysis of this radio's "Tuning" LED.

YourTube video allowing you to see & hear the radio operating.

This clip is approximately 23.3888564569 megabytes (23,508,090 bytes) in length; dial-up users please be aware.
It will take no less than one hundred seventeen (!) minutes to load at 48.0Kbps.

Unit was purchased (possibly) from in the early-2000s.

Product was made in China.
A product's country of origin really does matter to some people, which is why I published it on this web page.

UPDATE: 00-00-00

    MANUFACTURER: Shenzhen Kailong Electronics Co Ltd
    PRODUCT TYPE: All-band portable radio
    No. OF LAMPS: 1 (for tuning)
    SWITCH TYPE: Slide switch and rotary pot
    CASE MATERIAL: Plastic w/metal speaker grille
    BEZEL {protects tuning dial}: Plastic
    BATTERY: 2x AA cells
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    WARRANTY: Unknown/TBA


    Product was not intended to be a light-emitter, so the traditional "star" rating will not be used.

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