I thought I'd post this because I think it's a pretty cool addition to my boler
and I know there are other geeks there who might want to give it a try.
I have an old Stromberg Carlson AM radio that was non functional and non repairable but I just couldn't toss it out. After having it sit on my bookshelf for a number of years I figured it was time to do something with it and thought maybe I could bring it back to life.
The first thing I did was take it apart and pull the guts out in preparation for its new life.
I decided I would install a Raspberry Pi Zero W and install Volumio which would allow me to use wifi to stream music, play podcasts and listen to internet radio as well as use it as an "offline" music player.
After converting the 110 to 12 volt and installing a 12v to 5v buck connector I had power available for the raspberry pi and wired in the power switch on the front of the radio. I added some LED strip light
so when the unit is powered up the old (non-functional) AM dial lights
The Volumio installation was super simple and in no time I had it ready to run. Management of the radio is all done through the Volumio app on my phone.
It's up and running now and I'm pretty darn happy with it. I still need to source a new speaker and I'm waiting for an amplifier breakout board since right now I'm running the audio output via HDMI to the monitor in my office but I give it a big thumbs up
It turned into a really great rainy winter project while we wait for better camping weather here on Vancouver Island. And I get to repurpose a pretty sweet old radio as well and keep it out of the dump.