Polyoxybenzylmethylenglycolanhydride is also known as Bakelite*. My husband bought me this radio, an Airline, which was the store brand for Montgomery Ward, their model 04WG-611 AM tube radio from 1940's. When it arrived, I thought we should turn it on and hear Glenn Miller and His Orchestra or The Fred Allen Show! We did find a local station, KSGL, that plays "The Music You Remember". The radio has that warm tube sound and the bakelite cabinet does get warm. It looks like a radio my parents had.
The radio has been restored and polished up by a gentlemen named Eric in Lake in the Hills, Illinois; it has tubes and push button tuning that has the call letters set by the owners decades ago: WOR (New York), WBZ (Boston), WTIC (Connecticut), WSPR, WDRC (Connecticut), and WMAS (Springfield, CT). All but WSPR are broadcasting today!
Here's more information about the radio from the Radio Museum; it was made in America, in that city of big shoulders, Chicago.
Just a little bit of history on our dining room buffet.