Danny Recommends: Midland Radios
Every so often we dip our toes into a series called Danny Recommends:, posts that tip you off to the stuff that I…you know. The recommendations might be products for use in your ministry, resources that will help you develop leaders around you, or just fun stuff that you need. Want. Whatever. I have a full list of recommended books and such over at the Reading List, but these posts will go into further detail. For other posts in the series, check out the link at the bottom.
No matter the size of your guest services team, the number of volunteers, or the complexity of your team leader structure, you need a network of radios to keep the weekend buzzing along.
For years, we’ve used Midland brand radios almost exclusively at all of our campuses. While I’m no expert on all things technical (“Wouldja look at all them wires!”), I’ve found Midland to be like an old pair of tennis shoes: trustworthy and reliable.
So since I’m not gonna be your go-to guy on the tech specs of these radios, let me give you a few of my favorite practical features:
- Cheap(ish). At roughly $30 per radio, they’re by no means the cheapest option you can buy, but you get a lot of usage out of three Hamiltons. (And one radio is 1/10 of the price of a ticket to see Hamilton on Broadway, so this deal is getting better all the time.)
- Long battery life. They’re rechargeable. And they…uh…recharge a lot. (How am I doing on this tech explanation?) But for real, it takes a long time for these things to fully wear down their batteries.
- Headset optional. Most of our team uses these radios as-is, right out of the box. But for those who need a hearing boost (parking team by a busy street) or a sound damper (seating team in a quiet auditorium), the earpiece kit is a great addition. (But make sure you clean those suckers after each use, because ewwww.)
The one downside is that I haven’t found a multi-gang charger that will accommodate more than two radios, so all of these little charging blocks take up a lot of space. However, this loooooong power strip comes in really handy to sit at the back of the storage shelf.
Disclaimer: FTC watchdogs will probably want to know that the vendors listed / linked above did not ask for this endorsement, nor did they provide me with free swag in order to do so. I’m just a really satisfied fan who wants to let you know about helpful things. I only promote items that have benefitted me and that I believe will benefit you. So there.