The History of Delhi Radio
Les Lasko opened Delhi Radio at 103 King Street, Delhi, on January 14, 1946. It was a modest beginning located on the main highway between two movie-theatres. Amid other businesses hungry for the post war spending on essentials denied during the war years, Delhi Radio offered modern conveniences like refrigerators, ranges and washing machines. Toasters, mixers, irons and fans became symbols of a postwar way to live. Radio and phonograph machines were the envy of every family and there was rumor of a talking picture box called television in the not too distant future.
The store became too small and in 1950, Les moved the business to 169 Main Street. For the next 24 years, Delhi Radio continued to grow along with the advance in electronics, the advent of colour television, as well as a consumer oriented market of convenience features. During this time, the business was expanded with the strength of many major lines acquired over the years. Delhi radio's policy became to sell the very best and "Service Everything We Sell".
Extensive renovations were made to a former grocery store and in March 1974, a grand opening was held at the current location at 102 Church Street, West. Larger floor space allowed a better display of the latest appliances and televisions for interested shoppers. The new store became more efficient and convenient for the staff, with warehousing at the rear, plus a full basement for storage, used appliances, repairs and additional display space.
Soon afterwards, Les Lasko's son, Len Lasko, became increasingly involved with the business. After participating in the Business Management course at Western Kentucky University, Len became the new owner/manager of Delhi Radio in June of 1977. During the next several years, Delhi Radio adapted the motto, " Satisfied Customer Service". And continued to enjoy steady growth.
The 1980's and 90's spurred phenomenal growth in two products. Microwave Ovens and Videocassette Recorders. Satellite television systems showed steady growth as the broadcasting system of the future. Delhi Radio enjoyed the good years of the tobacco growing area but as the tobacco industry declined, Len started running a tight ship with the help of a computerized office. Product re-alignments were made to improve customer selection and service. Maytag, RCA, and Panasonic became recognized Delhi Radio brand names. Furniture and bedding was added to the showroom and immediately became popular.
June 1996 marked the 50th Anniversary of Delhi Radio. Several special sales events were held during the year, including a still talked about "Who has the oldest working Woods Freezer?" contest. The "Arm Chair Olympics" in support of Camp Trillium was a charity event that was developed by Len. Delhi Radio's new and current motto became "After 50 Years Everything Has Changed…Except Our Service".
In August 2001, things did change! Ron Vandenberghe, who had been service manager of Delhi Radio since 1978, purchased the shares of the business from Len Lasko and became the new owner/manager. Like their motto, service remains the same, as Delhi Radio continues with the same great staff and offers the "best brands at the best prices".
In June of 2002, Delhi Radio held a new promotion! It was designed to offer customers the chance to defer payment of any purchase over $400 and "all it takes is 10 bucks down" with no administration or delivery fees!
This year marks the 69th anniversary of Delhi Radio. Who knows what special ideas we'll come up with this time to celebrate the anniversary. Perhaps you'd like to come into the store and see?
Ron and staff would like to thank all of Delhi Radio's customers for their loyal support during the past
71 years and in the future.
There's more to Delhi Radio than you think!
A bit of history magic
Radio was once located on King Street beside the Capitol Theatre (Later the Golden Leaf Restaurant and now the Backstage Capitol). When the building was demolished, it left an alley between the pool hall (on the left side) and the Capitol (on the right). The pool hall building has now been torn down to be replaced by the expansion of the Health Centre.
Move your mouse over the image below and you can see the difference between then and now.
Monday to Thursday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
If you would like an evening appointment,
call us at 519•582•0280.
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I grew Up in Delhi! So I remember..."