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It's finally the weekend which means we are just counting the days until our next Happy (half) hour! Catch up on last we...
05/09/2020
MBC's Happy (half) Hour 5/5/20

It's finally the weekend which means we are just counting the days until our next Happy (half) hour! Catch up on last week's stream so you are ready for next week! Susy and Al will be back for Part 2 of their discussion on Presidential debates. Tuesdays at 5:30!

Hosted by Susy Schultz, Executive Director with Al Gini, Loyola University of Chicago

We've been in the Rock & Roll mindset for the last year at the MBC; and we are saddened by the passing of Icon Little Ri...
05/09/2020
Little Richard, Founding Father of Rock Who Broke Musical Barriers, Dead at 87

We've been in the Rock & Roll mindset for the last year at the MBC; and we are saddened by the passing of Icon Little Richard. May he rest in peace.

Pianist-singer behind “Tutti Frutti,” “Good Golly Miss Molly” and “Long Tall Sally” set the template that a generation of musicians would follow

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! We love having school trips at the MBC and are so grateful for all the  teachers who go...
05/06/2020
No online learning? With schools closed from coronavirus, these teachers air TV lessons

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! We love having school trips at the MBC and are so grateful for all the teachers who go above and beyond to enrich the lives of their students.

We know teaching looks a lot different these days. We are more grateful than ever to the folx getting creative for students of all ages. We recently learned of teachers using public TV and radio to reach students without internet. Amazing! Send the teachers in your life some love this week! To our members, donors, and followers who teach: THANK YOU!

In schools like LAUSD, districts are putting lessons on PBS, other TV channels for students who can't do online learning because they lack internet.

TONIGHT! Tune in at 5:30 for MBC's Happy (half) Hour! Executive Director Susy Schultz be live on Youtube and Facebook wi...
05/05/2020

TONIGHT! Tune in at 5:30 for MBC's Happy (half) Hour! Executive Director Susy Schultz be live on Youtube and Facebook with the wonderful Al Gini! learn more about our upcoming exhibit and how you can help!

Al Gini is a Professor of Business Ethics at the Quinlan School of Business at Loyola University Chicago. He is the co-founder and long-time Associate Editor of Business Ethics Quarterly, the journal of the Society for Business Ethics. For over twenty-seven years he was the Resident Philosopher on National Public Radio’s Chicago affiliate, WBEZ-FM. His books include: My Job My Self: Work and the Creation of the Modern Individual (Routledge, 2000); The Importance of Being Lazy: In Praise of Play, Leisure and Vacations (Routledge, 2003); Why It’s Hard to Be Good (Routledge, 2003); Seeking the Truth of Things (ACTA, 2010); The Ethics of Business with Alexei Marcoux (Rowman Littlefield, 2012); 10 Virtues of Outstanding Leaders with Ronald M. Green (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013).

May the 4th be with you! Any favorite Star Wars references that didn't make this list? #StarWarsDay
05/04/2020
11 of the Best TV Show References to ‘Star Wars’

May the 4th be with you! Any favorite Star Wars references that didn't make this list? #StarWarsDay

Here are 11 of the best TV show references to 'Star Wars' that any fan of the sci-fi saga will appreciate.

THIS TUESDAY: Our Happy Half Hour is back! This week, Susy Schultz will be discussing political debates with Al Gini! Tu...
05/03/2020

THIS TUESDAY: Our Happy Half Hour is back! This week, Susy Schultz will be discussing political debates with Al Gini! Tuesday at 5:30!

Al Gini is a Professor of Business Ethics at the Quinlan School of Business at Loyola University Chicago. He is the co-founder and long-time Associate Editor of Business Ethics Quarterly, the journal of the Society for Business Ethics. For over twenty-seven years he was the Resident Philosopher on National Public Radio’s Chicago affiliate, WBEZ-FM. His books include: My Job My Self: Work and the Creation of the Modern Individual (Routledge, 2000); The Importance of Being Lazy: In Praise of Play, Leisure and Vacations (Routledge, 2003); Why It’s Hard to Be Good (Routledge, 2003); Seeking the Truth of Things (ACTA, 2010); The Ethics of Business with Alexei Marcoux (Rowman Littlefield, 2012); 10 Virtues of Outstanding Leaders with Ronald M. Green (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013).

BECOME A MEMBER TODAY!For nearly 40 years, the Museum of Broadcast Communications has been a cultural gem in the city of...
04/29/2020
MUSEUM OF BROADCAST COMMUNICATIONS - MEMBERSHIP

BECOME A MEMBER TODAY!
For nearly 40 years, the Museum of Broadcast Communications has been a cultural gem in the city of Chicago. Your support through your membership allows the MBC to continue our mission of providing lectures and programs, world-class exhibitions, and innovative online curriculum for all ages.

Memberships begin at $49 annually. All levels include:
• 70 FREE Digital Classic Radio Show downloads (a $149 value!)
• FREE Monthly newsletter
• FREE admission to the museum
• Discount tickets for lectures and programs
• Special members-only exhibit preview nights
• Invitation to annual member event
• 10% Discount at the Museum Store and at museum.tv

A membership is your donation to preserve one of the largest collections of radio and television footage and artifacts, archiving broadcast history, and sharing the stories of the pioneers and innovators of the most influential media of the modern age.

PURCHASE YOUR MEMBERSHIP TODAY!
Click here: https://museum.tv/membership_levels.htm

*The Museum of Broadcast Communications is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and your membership is tax-deductible.

Museum of Broadcast Communications (MBC) is to collect, preserve, and present historic and contemporary radio and television content as well as educate, inform, and entertain the public through its archives, public programs, screenings, exhibits, publications, and online access to its resources.

04/29/2020
Spider Man The Animated Series (1994) Theme Song

Aw, man! We missed Superhero Day yesterday? How did you celebrate? Old Superman cartoons? a Marvel marathon? Or did you just honor the superheroes all around us? We'll be playing this playlist on repeat today in tribute to frontline workers, first responders and other essential superheroes who are caring for us during this pandemic.

For more, click here : http://www.youtube.com/WebOfTheSpidey

04/28/2020
Happy (Half) Hour Live

Our weekly streaming show: Join Susy Schultz, our executive director, and Carl Amari, producer/host of Hollywood 360 and WGN Radio Theatre, to talk about old-time radio and how in honor of radio's 100th anniversary we are giving away 70 shows for you to download with a new museum membership. (Membership=$49, Radio shows value=$140. Deal=great!)

Tonight! Join us on Facebook and YouTube  at 5:30pm CDT for MBC's Happy (half) Hour! This week, Susy Schultz will be cha...
04/28/2020

Tonight! Join us on Facebook and YouTube at 5:30pm CDT for MBC's Happy (half) Hour! This week, Susy Schultz will be chatting with our friend and board member, Carl Amari. They'll be discussing our brand new membership program.

Carl Amari has been licensing classic radio shows from the owners and estates since 1990. He has amassed a library of 100,000+ master recordings. Amari broadcasts these golden-age of radio shows on his radio series, Hollywood 360, heard on 200+ radio stations coast-to-coast each week. Amari is also the Host/Producer of The WGN Radio Theatre heard each weekend on legendary Chicago radio station, WGN AM 720. He was selected as one of Chicago’s Very Own by Tribune Broadcasting and his business accomplishments have been highlighted in The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Sun-Times, The Chicago Tribune, Variety, INC. 500, The Associated Press, Entertainment Weekly, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times and The New York Post.

Happy 87th Birthday to TV Icon, Carol Burnett!  Carol and the millions who have watched her Emmy-winning variety series,...
04/26/2020

Happy 87th Birthday to TV Icon, Carol Burnett! Carol and the millions who have watched her Emmy-winning variety series, ‘The Carol Burnett Show’, over the years may not have had that time together had it not been for the generosity of an anonymous supporter. Impressed with her talent, a $1,000 anonymous gift was given to her to start her journey in entertainment. It paid off with millions of laughs the comedian has elicited over the span of her 60-plus-year career!

Please enjoy an interview with Carol and WGN Radio host (and Chairman of the MBC Board of Directors) David Plier.

LINK:
https://wgnradio.com/dave-plier/celebrating-the-87th-birthday-of-tv-icon-carol-burnett/

This puzzle contains titles of classic radio shows, but these shows have something special in common. Bet you can't gues...
04/24/2020
Classic Radio Mystery Puzzle Word Search

This puzzle contains titles of classic radio shows, but these shows have something special in common. Bet you can't guess what it is ;) We'll reveal the answer next week!

These are all classic radio shows, but they also have something else in common ;)

"[Knight] had scores of television credits, in 1960s shows like 'The Outer Limits,' 'The Fugitive' and 'The Virginian,' ...
04/23/2020
Shirley Knight, Tony- and Emmy-Winning Actress, Dies at 83

"[Knight] had scores of television credits, in 1960s shows like 'The Outer Limits,' 'The Fugitive' and 'The Virginian,' and in later series like 'Murder, She Wrote,' 'Matlock' and 'Ally McBeal.' " Knight was an Emmy and Tony winner. May she rest in peace.

She burst onto the scene with an Oscar-nominated performance in the 1960 film “The Dark at the Top of the Stairs” and went on to a long career in film, on television and on the stage.

04/22/2020
Earth Day 1970 Part 1: Intro (CBS News with Walter Cronkite)

Happy Earth Day!! Today is the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day in 1970! When Senator Gaylord Nelson announced his idea for colleges to host "teach-ins" about the threats to our environment, national media jumped on the story, which inspired thousands more people across the country to get involved! That night, Walter Cronkite hosted a CBS News Special titled "Earth Day: A Question of Survival." Take a look! How are you celebrating #EarthDay2020?

http://earthweek1970.org - Original broadcast of CBS News Special Report with Walter Cronkite about the first Earth Day, 1970. Also known as Earth Week 1970.

Good morning and THANK YOU to the Rotary Club of Wilmette Harbor for starting the morning with our Executive Director Su...
04/22/2020

Good morning and THANK YOU to the Rotary Club of Wilmette Harbor for starting the morning with our Executive Director Susy Schultz, who was talking about our upcoming exhibit and curriculum "The Great Debates: The broadcast industries impact on our presidential elections." Special thanks to Rotary chapter President Jim Waite and member Beth DeWall for the invitation and kind introduction. (And it was amazing to hear about Rotary International's global work on irradicating polio and how the project is also building a healthcare structure to help the fight against COVID-19. Thank you Rotary!) If you'd like Susy to talk to your organization — she has ZOOM and will be happy to appear virtually on your screen!)

04/21/2020
04/21/2020

See you at 5:30! :)

04/20/2020
First Marijuana Commercial Debuts on Major Network

Today marks the first 4:20 (April 20th) since the legalization of marijuana in Illinois. (#ICYMI 4:20 was used as code starting in the 1970s for smoking. Below is a link to how it started and evolved.)

In honor of this first, here's the first marijuana commercial to appear on a major network, which aired in 2014. It was for a New Jersey-based medical marijuana company.

Stay safe in your celebrations today, Chicago! And for those wondering about the date 4/20, we found this article helpful in debunking the myths: https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/20/health/420-weed-day-origin-trnd/index.html

First Marijuana Commercial Debuts on Major Network produced by MarijuanaDoctors.com, the only service that connects patients with physicians for medical mari...

04/20/2020

Hey all! This is Susy Schultz, executive director of the museum. We are switching our LIVE show to 5:30 pm Tuesdays (that’s tomorrow) to be able to have the bandwidth to support a live stream. It will be our Tuesday Museum Happy Half Hour! Here’s me talking about what we will be discussing. See you tomorrow.

04/19/2020
museum.tv

Our next exhibit will examine how television has played a role in political campaigns! You can check out some related content on the archive page of our website (www.museum.tv). Like this compilation of NBC coverage of the 1968 Democratic National Convention:

In times like this, TV must do what it does best- evolve! The late night shows — all of them — are trying to do that rig...
04/17/2020
Late-Night TV Is Back: No Studios, No Audiences, No Problems (Mostly)

In times like this, TV must do what it does best- evolve! The late night shows — all of them — are trying to do that right now. Are you watching The Late Show with Stephen Colbert? Jimmy Kimmel Live? The Daily Show with Trevor Noah? The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon? Are you liking the switch to their "from home" shows? Are the jokes as funny without a laugh track? Are you watching or going to bed early?

Forced to improvise, hosts have returned with radically stripped down productions made from home. Can they keep it feeling fresh — and their kids out of the frame?

Have you tuned in to any of Burton's readings? You can find them on twitter at @levarbuton! And while you're on twitter,...
04/15/2020
LeVar Burton of 'Reading Rainbow' Livestreams Readings for Kids, Families Amid Coronavirus

Have you tuned in to any of Burton's readings? You can find them on twitter at @levarbuton! And while you're on twitter, you might as well give us a follow (@museumTV) as well ;)

Star of the classic children’s show ‘Reading Rainbow,’ Levar Burton, has said that he would like to help provide a distraction for families during these difficult times by livestreaming himself reading some family-friendly books.

It's only Tuesday? :( Take a #WFH break and search for some sitcoms!
04/14/2020
sitcom word search! Word Search

It's only Tuesday? :( Take a #WFH break and search for some sitcoms!

A mix of old and new favorites! (minus a few, of course. Some of our faves were too long for the word limit.)

04/13/2020
25th ANNIVERSARY DEBATE VIDEO HOSTED BY BILL KURTIS

Good morning, Friends of The MBC! We have some good news and bad news. The bad news is Susy Schultz is sick with a case of vertigo and will not be able to do the 1pm facebook live today. The good news is, her illness is not covid-19 related and she is feeling very lucky and grateful for that! For today, the facebook live is cancelled.

Since Susy was going to discuss our upcoming exhibit, which will explore the impact television has on political campaigns; we thought we'd share this short documentary produced by The MBC in 1985! WBBM-TV newsman Bill Kurtis hosts this special look at the first "Great Debate" between Senator John F Kennedy and Vice President Richard Nixon.

This specially produced documentary, hosted by WBBM-TV newsman Bill Kurtis was presented at the MBC hosted 25th Anniversary of the Presidential Debate betwee...

04/12/2020
Saturday Night Live

For the first time in history, ‘Saturday Night Live’ was recorded remotely from all the cast member’s homes. When strict social distancing efforts were put in place to combat the coronavirus, it looked as though Saturday Night Live’s 45th season had come to an abrupt end. To the surprise of everyone, the show announced it would air a brand new episode, but it would look a little different. After a title sequence in which the cast and bandmembers are shown in their individual homes, we are greeted by the night’s “host”, Tom Hanks. Fresh off his own Covid-19 isolation, “America’s dad” admits it feels both good and weird to be hosting from home.

Tom Hanks opens a special Saturday Night Live as host from his home, where he talks about recovering from COVID-19, does an "audience" Q&A and pays tribute to essential workers.

'Peter Cottontail,' the jazzy cartoon short about that 'cool little bunny' giving baskets full of Easter joy, has not be...
04/12/2020
Classic WGN-TV Animated Easter Short: ‘Peter Cottontail’

'Peter Cottontail,' the jazzy cartoon short about that 'cool little bunny' giving baskets full of Easter joy, has not been available to the public since its original airing in the 1950s on WGN-TV’s 'Garfield Goose & Friends'. Produced by UPA (United Productions of America), the same production company as black and white holiday short 'Frosty the Snowman' and released at the same time as ‘Hardrock, Coco & Joe' and 'Suzy Snowflake‘, 'Peter Cottontail' is a true classic. The short provides a great example of limited animation and design, while exemplifying the idea of budget-conscious entertainment in early television. Limited animation is a process in the overall technique of traditional animation of creating animated cartoons that does not redraw entire frames but variably reuses common parts between frames.

To purchase this DVD in a digitally remastered format, visit The Museum of Broadcast Communications store at museum.tv!

https://wgnradio.com/dave-plier/classic-wgn-tv-animated-easter-short-peter-cottontail/

“Peter Cottontail,” the jazzy cartoon short about that “cool little bunny” giving baskets full of Easter joy, has not been available to the public since its original airing …

04/10/2020
Survivor - Eye Of The Tiger (Official Music Video)

Tonight at 8 p.m. open your windows, turn on 97.1 The Drive FM (our media partner for "Stay Tuned") and sing out loud the song "Eye of the Tiger." (Friday 4/10)

This 1982 hit was written by Survivor guitarist Frankie Sullivan and keyboardist Jim Peterik. Here's the original video and here's The Drive's sing-along page with the lyrics. https://wdrv.com/chicago-sing-along/

Let me hear ya!!

Watch the official music video for "Eye Of The Tiger" by Survivor Listen to Survivor: https://Survivor.lnk.to/listenYD Subscribe to the official Survivor You...

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Here is an animated spoof on what Television would be like, in the future.
Thought experiment: Say you were putting together a handful of 16mm bolex kits designed to mimic a news shooting rig. If you had to pick a single lens to put onto a c-mount bolex to shoot news footage..what would you pick. Take into consideration current prices and availability.
The "Rock On TV exhibition, probably could've had this, as a display.
This is a great song by Burr Tillstrom. Good man! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Makes me smile and think about the days when radio and tv was fun.
Does anybody remember seeing or know if this museum has the Tomorrow Show with Tom Synder Hawaii episodes with Jack Lord and Arthur Murray ? 😀
Two cherished exhibits in a museum chock full of cherished exhibits! Phil's favourite smoking jacket donated by Laury Silvers and Phil's wrist watch (given to him by Ted Knight) and donated by Tracey & Iren. 👓 (Photography by Andy Hollingworth) HELP THE MUSEUM SURVIVE THE PANDEMIC & DONATE HERE! 👓 😁 https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/help-save-the-phil-silvers-museum @robertwrossesq @realerniekovacs @dreamingintelevision @ErnestBilko @hamillhimself @coventrycultureshow @covmusic @andyhollingworth1 @fargovillagecov @hellocov @igerscoventry @covbible @coventryrocks_ @coventrycomedyfestival @coventryempire @coventry2021 @coventrycitycouncil @moneymedalsnet @covcitycentre @talkingpicstv #thephilsilversarchivalmuseum #thebritishphilsilversappreciationsociety #philsilvers #thephilsilversshow #atlasobscura #talkingpictures #coventrycultureshow #museum #comedian #lovefargo #coventrycity #coventry2021 #ThisisCoventry #UKCityofCulture2021 #culture #Icons #visitcoventry #museumsaroundtheworld #patreon #crowdfunder #whyilovemuseums #BringBackSgtBilko #covid #stayhome #staysafe #donation @ The Phil Silvers Archival Museum
HAPPY EASTER! 'Peter Cottontail,' the jazzy cartoon short about that 'cool little bunny', giving baskets full of Easter joy, has not been available to the public since its original airing in the 1950s on WGN-TV’s 'Garfield Goose & Friends'. Produced by UPA (United Productions of America), the same production company as black and white holiday short 'Frosty the Snowman' and released at the same time as ‘Hardrock, Coco & Joe' and 'Suzy Snowflake‘, 'Peter Cottontail' is a true classic. They provide a great example of limited animation and design, while exemplifying the idea of budget-conscious entertainment. Limited animation is a process in the overall technique of traditional animation of creating animated cartoons that does not redraw entire frames but variably reuses common parts between frames. To purchase this DVD in a digitally remastered format, visit The Museum of Broadcast Communications store at museum.tv!
Hope Everybody's Friday is better then just "Good".😏
Hey all — Join me at 1 p.m. Monday on our Museum of Broadcast Communications page. I'm going to talk about politics and broadcasting. Specifically how the evolution of broadcast has continued to disrupt presidential debates. Join us. And send me some questions.
Just £280 to reach our new stretch target! If we hit it one lucky supporter will win a limited edition #bilko animation cel! Let's keep those pledges going! 👓 https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/help-save-the-phil-silvers-museum @robertwrossesq @realerniekovacs @dreamingintelevision @ErnestBilko @hamillhimself @coventrycultureshow @covmusic @andyhollingworth1 @fargovillagecov @hellocov @igerscoventry @covbible @coventryrocks_ @coventrycomedyfestival @coventryempire @coventry2021 @coventrycitycouncil @moneymedalsnet @covcitycentre @talkingpicstv #thephilsilversarchivalmuseum #thebritishphilsilversappreciationsociety #philsilvers #thephilsilversshow #atlasobscura #talkingpictures #coventrycultureshow #museum #comedian #lovefargo #coventrycity #coventry2021 #ThisisCoventry #UKCityofCulture2021 #culture #Icons #visitcoventry #museumsaroundtheworld #patreon #crowdfunder #whyilovemuseums #BringBackSgtBilko #covid #stayhome #staysafe #donation @ The Phil Silvers Archival Museum
Grew Up with TV - Ever since I was born the TV set was constantly on. We were the Tv generation. Mom was the enabler and heated up TV dinners that she put on TV tables so we could watch even more TV. On weekends we hurried home from the beach so I could watch Fantasmic Features with its alien puppet host "Feep" the host from another planet. The whole neighborhood was on either Bozo and Boomtown and we were often late for school because the Three Stooges were on the early morning kids show Major Mudd. At St. Brendam’s School we watched educational programs on the classroom TV while the nuns went out for a smoke. Sunday nights were reserved for watching Ed Sullivan - he is known now for having debuted the Beatles in the United States but as a 9 year old kid I could care less about Beatles - Get them off so I can watch the Muppets! Yes the Muppets - before they peaked in fame on Sesame Street they were the coolest act on TV for me - Jim Henson was the hippest hipster and when I found out he was going to have his own special on PBS that told you all about the Muppets I knew I had to watch it. After he revealed how to make and operate his puppets Jim told you how to join the Puppeteers of America and learn all the secrets of the puppets. As a business venture this sounded a lot more appealing than what the grown ups in my neighborhood did -they had jobs like mail man, waiter and working for the gas company. I joined up with the puppeteers, built some crappy looking puppets and began doing shows for Boston's neighborhood traveling street theater called Summerthing. My act was mostly miming to Stan Freberg comedy records and telling corny jokes that I stole from joke books. I got pulled from that troupe to work on a kids TV show called ZOOM and was on the pilot and the first season.The show was a big hit. I quickly aged out of that as if I was in Menudo. Typecast as a Zoomer I worked on several ZOOM-like projects after that but none broke out like the real thing. Fortunately I was transitioning to music and a friend and I were learning to play guitar. We had watched a TV news show about punk rock which was just beginning in England and New York. This was the perfect vehicle for us since you really didn't have to play too well. You just needed to strum fast, write outrageous lyrics and wear cool clothes. Before we knew it we were playing clubs in Boston and New York with bands like Squeeze, The Plasmatics and The Police. We moved up to the top of the local heap and played WBCN's First Rock and Roll Rumble at the Rat - This was a huge night for punk rock since the four finalists were all local punkers but not only did we lose but I spent the night in jail. My Mom told me the only steady jobs in TV were behind the camera so I went to Emerson College and I got my Mass Communications degree. Now I work behind the camera everyday for a major educational institution So my advice to you is to be kind to your puppets, don't argue with the cops and to listen to your mother Thank You Very Much
Here's a tribute to Lee Phillip Bell that I forgot about. it's her doing an Ayds candy commercial, right at WBBM 2 studios.