Mr O’Reilly, 73 has been fixing, building, and collecting radios for nearly his entire life.
O’Reilly owns thousands of models, spread across three stories in a brick building in downtown Toledo. CB radios. Ham radios. Heathkit radios, which he started building as a cub scout in the 1950s.
For 50 years, he has operated a radio repair business in the city for individuals and organizations alike. He’s still in business, kind of, though he’s semi-retired. He’s also in all likelihood the only game in town when it comes to his line of work, meaning the police, the fire department, local hospitals — anyone who uses radios and scanners — comes to him when they need a tune-up.