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A US company, the parent company of Radio Shack, makers of the TRS-80 and other early personal computers.
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(RadioShack Corporation, Ft. Worth, TX, www.radioshack.com) A retailer of consumer electronics that started in 1919 as Tandy Corporation, a family leather business. In 1963, Tandy acquired Radio Shack in Boston, which was founded in 1921 to serve the ham radio market. By the 1960s, Radio Shack was floundering.

In 1977, the company introduced one of the first personal computers, the TRS-80 Model I, and more than 200,000 were sold in four years. Tandy's Model 100 and 200 lightweight portables were also the inspiration for the laptop generation. Its first computers were proprietary, and its initial PCs were non-standard. However, starting with the Model 1000 in 1984, Tandy offered a full line of IBM-compatible PCs.

In 1993, Tandy sold its PC manufacturing facilities to AST and began to eliminate the Tandy brand on its machines. In 2000, its name was concatenated to become RadioShack Corporation. While heavily promoting cellular phones, RadioShack continued to offer radio gear, home entertainment products, computers and accessories, as well as parts for the electronics hobbyist.

In 2015, after the company declared bankruptcy, it was acquired by General Wireless Operations, Inc., and partnering with Sprint, co-branded stores were opened. However, in 2017, a second bankruptcy shuttered almost all retail venues, but the online business remained. In 2018, a partnership with HobbyTown was created to put RadioShack Express stores within HobbyTown locations.

One of the First Personal Computers
In 1977, Tandy's Radio Shack division introduced one of the first personal computers, the TRS-80. It became widely used in small business and was a major contributor to the personal computer explosion. (Image courtesy of RadioShack Corporation.)

One of the First Portable Computing Devices
In 1983, the Model 100 Micro Executive Workstation weighed in at four pounds and included a built-in word processor, address list and modem. It was inspiration for the portable computers to come. (Image courtesy of RadioShack Corporation.)
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