Dowalert tape recorder thingy

dave at dave at
Wed Oct 28 19:10:35 CDT 2015

Has anyone here ever used a Dowalert back in its heyday of the early 

For those who don't know, a Dowalert is a device that resembles a 
tape-driven telephone answering machine.  Dow Jones had an idea of 
broadcasting stock information over FM radio to this device for later 
perusal by subscribers.  The device has a keypad upon which you'd enter 
numbers for particular classes of information you want.  The broadcast 
would include a code detectable by the device.  If the code on the 
broadcast matched one of those selected by the subscriber, the tape 
recorder would start recording.  Then an alert light would turn on letting 
the user know that some new information is available.

David Griffith
dave at

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