Museum of Broadcast Communications

Museum of Broadcast Communications We believe in the power of broadcast, be it radio, television or the digital world. We also believe building more media-literate and engaged audiences are the keys to fostering imagination, creativity, awareness & accountability.
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We are a hub to inspire inquiry, respectful discussion, thoughtful examination and celebration of entertainment and news. We teach historical framing to make the past relevant to today and tomorrow while ensuring the inclusion of diverse voices. We design and support exhibits, curriculum and programs to serve as a bridge between producers, consumers, academics and students.

Operating as usual

Thanks to the Goodman Theatre for asking us to co-sponsor this discussion on the intersection of theater and television....
06/16/2021
Live at Five | Goodman Theatre

Thanks to the Goodman Theatre for asking us to co-sponsor this discussion on the intersection of theater and television. It was a fascinating discussion about yesterday, today and tomorrow with some of the bright minds in the theater world. Take a listen!
https://www.goodmantheatre.org/LiveatFive

Join us for a panel discussion in celebration of Live, in partnership with the Museum of Broadcast Communications. Artists and scholars, including playwright Ike Holter (I Hate It Here, Lottery Day), Susy Schultz, Museum of Broadcast Communications Executive Director, actor Mary Beth Fisher (The Sou...

Join us at 5 p.m. (CST) tomorrow (Tuesday) for a panel discussion on current and historical intersections of theater and...
06/14/2021

Join us at 5 p.m. (CST) tomorrow (Tuesday) for a panel discussion on current and historical intersections of theater and television. The museum is excited to partner with the Goodman Theatre's LIVE at 5 series. The panel, features our Executive Director Susy Schultz along with these phenomenal artists and scholars: Ike Holter, "I Hate It Here" playwright, Christopher Oscar Peña, playwright and screenwriter, and Mary Beth Fisher "The Sound Inside" actor. It will be moderated by Goodman's Director of Education and Community Engagement Willa Taylor.

Join us on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mrMzs7szWxw

Join us at 5 p.m. (CST) tomorrow (Tuesday) for a panel discussion on current and historical intersections of theater and television. The museum is excited to partner with the Goodman Theatre's LIVE at 5 series. The panel, features our Executive Director Susy Schultz along with these phenomenal artists and scholars: Ike Holter, "I Hate It Here" playwright, Christopher Oscar Peña, playwright and screenwriter, and Mary Beth Fisher "The Sound Inside" actor. It will be moderated by Goodman's Director of Education and Community Engagement Willa Taylor.

Join us on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mrMzs7szWxw

06/09/2021
Happy (half) Hour: Al Gini & TV Fathers

As a lead up to Father's Day, this week on the Happy (half) Hour, Susy Schultz and Loyola University Chicago's Al Gini discuss the portrayal of fathers on television, from classic to modern and everything in between.

H(h)H is off next week, but back live on June 22 with John Owens from Chicago/Midwest Chapter: National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences to talk about the Chicago/Midwest Silver Circle Award. Then we'll be on hiatus for the summer - we have a museum to get open for you!

No Happy (half) Hour today, but we'll be talking to Al Gini tomorrow on a special Wednesday edition.  As Father's Day dr...
06/08/2021

No Happy (half) Hour today, but we'll be talking to Al Gini tomorrow on a special Wednesday edition. As Father's Day draws near, our topic will be the portrayal of fathers on television - classic, modern, wonderful, and weird. Tune in tomorrow, Wednesday 6/9 at 5:30 PM for the penultimate H(h)H before we take a summer hiatus!

No Happy (half) Hour today, but we'll be talking to Al Gini tomorrow on a special Wednesday edition. As Father's Day draws near, our topic will be the portrayal of fathers on television - classic, modern, wonderful, and weird. Tune in tomorrow, Wednesday 6/9 at 5:30 PM for the penultimate H(h)H before we take a summer hiatus!

Don't miss tonight's Zoom discussion with Medill - Northwestern University's Dr. Ava Thompson Greenwell about her new bo...
05/26/2021

Don't miss tonight's Zoom discussion with Medill - Northwestern University's Dr. Ava Thompson Greenwell about her new book "Ladies Leading: The Black Women Who Control Television News". Thanks to Robert Feder for the mention in today's column! You can still register at https://museum.doubleknot.com/event/dr-ava-greenwell-ladies-leading/2817583

Don't miss tonight's Zoom discussion with Medill - Northwestern University's Dr. Ava Thompson Greenwell about her new book "Ladies Leading: The Black Women Who Control Television News". Thanks to Robert Feder for the mention in today's column! You can still register at https://museum.doubleknot.com/event/dr-ava-greenwell-ladies-leading/2817583

Sign up today, join us tomorrow. Dr. Greenwell's book is fascinating.tinyurl.com/MBCevents
05/25/2021

Sign up today, join us tomorrow.
Dr. Greenwell's book is fascinating.
tinyurl.com/MBCevents

Sign up today, join us tomorrow.
Dr. Greenwell's book is fascinating.
tinyurl.com/MBCevents

From one of our favorite academics and our television curator, Walter J Podrazik. Nice video, Bloomberg.
05/20/2021
How The “Rural Purge” Created Modern TV

From one of our favorite academics and our television curator, Walter J Podrazik. Nice video, Bloomberg.

This is how cancellations of popular rural-themed television shows in the early 1970s such as Green Acres, Petticoat Junction, Lassie, Hee-Haw, and The Bever...

Happy Half Hour, our weekly look at the wide and wonderful world of broadcast — be it radio, television or digital — wil...
05/18/2021

Happy Half Hour, our weekly look at the wide and wonderful world of broadcast — be it radio, television or digital — will return in two weeks. Please join us then.

Happy Half Hour, our weekly look at the wide and wonderful world of broadcast — be it radio, television or digital — will return in two weeks. Please join us then.

On Wednesday, May 26, we are excited to host Dr. Ava Thompson Greenwell of Medill - Northwestern University for a Zoom d...
05/17/2021

On Wednesday, May 26, we are excited to host Dr. Ava Thompson Greenwell of Medill - Northwestern University for a Zoom discussion of her new book "Ladies Leading: The Black Women Who Control Television News," which explores the struggle and obstacles faced by Black women in newsrooms, and the importance of representation in all levels of journalism.

Registration is required at: https://museum.doubleknot.com/event/dr-ava-thompson-greenwell-ladies-leading/2817583

Purchase the book here: https://www.amazon.com/Ladies-Leading-Black-Control-Television/dp/1951941632

On Wednesday, May 26, we are excited to host Dr. Ava Thompson Greenwell of Medill - Northwestern University for a Zoom discussion of her new book "Ladies Leading: The Black Women Who Control Television News," which explores the struggle and obstacles faced by Black women in newsrooms, and the importance of representation in all levels of journalism.

Registration is required at: https://museum.doubleknot.com/event/dr-ava-thompson-greenwell-ladies-leading/2817583

Purchase the book here: https://www.amazon.com/Ladies-Leading-Black-Control-Television/dp/1951941632

Dick Kay, a reporter who covered national and local politics for more than four decades, died today.  RIP.Here is The Ch...
05/13/2021
Dick Kay, longtime Chicago political reporter for WMAQ-TV, dead at 84

Dick Kay, a reporter who covered national and local politics for more than four decades, died today. RIP.

Here is The Chicago Sun-Times' obituary by Maureen O'Donnell, who captured his style perfectly: "Mr. Kay had a stentorian voice that sliced through the noise at crime scenes and news conferences like a bass-baritone in an opera. It seemed to command answers from politicians and public relations people who might have preferred to slink away from a mic."

He worked the NBC station for 38 years. Hired as a writer in 1968, he soon was covering the Democratic National Convention, one of the biggest political stories of the century.

Happy Mother's Day! Who is your favorite TV Mom?
05/09/2021

Happy Mother's Day! Who is your favorite TV Mom?

Happy Mother's Day! Who is your favorite TV Mom?

We love our colleagues at Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum! And who doesn't love the idea of Tea with Turtles?
05/08/2021
Tea with the Turtles

We love our colleagues at Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum! And who doesn't love the idea of Tea with Turtles?

Join the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County and Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum as we share our unique work with Blanding's turtles.

There are still a few open spots to register for tomorrow's event! Register at: https://museum.doubleknot.com/event/melo...
05/05/2021

There are still a few open spots to register for tomorrow's event! Register at: https://museum.doubleknot.com/event/melody-spann-cooper-a-discussion-of-radio/2815202

Join us at 7pm on May 6th for our event with Melody Spann Cooper as we continue celebrating #100yearsofradio. Learn more about her years of experience working in the #radio industry and about her new book, "The Girlfriend's Guide to Closing the Deal."

The program costs $5 to attend, and you can register via the link in the flyer below.

Thank you to WVON 1690AM - The Talk of Chicago and Wvon Midway Broadcasting for working with us to put on this event.

#womeninradio #radio #BlackWomenInRadio #midwaybroadcasting

Is anyone else an avid NPR listener? 🙋‍♀️Listen to the first, on-air, original broadcast of "All Things Considered" at: ...
05/03/2021

Is anyone else an avid NPR listener? 🙋‍♀️

Listen to the first, on-air, original broadcast of "All Things Considered" at: https://www.npr.org/2021/04/28/990230586/hear-nprs-first-on-air-original-broadcast-from-1971

#NPR #AllThingsConsidered #radio #nostalgia #100yearsofradio #OnThisDay #onthisdayinhistory

Is anyone else an avid NPR listener? 🙋‍♀️

Listen to the first, on-air, original broadcast of "All Things Considered" at: https://www.npr.org/2021/04/28/990230586/hear-nprs-first-on-air-original-broadcast-from-1971

#NPR #AllThingsConsidered #radio #nostalgia #100yearsofradio #OnThisDay #onthisdayinhistory

Join us at 7pm on May 6th for our event with Melody Spann Cooper as we continue celebrating #100yearsofradio. Learn more...
04/29/2021

Join us at 7pm on May 6th for our event with Melody Spann Cooper as we continue celebrating #100yearsofradio. Learn more about her years of experience working in the #radio industry and about her new book, "The Girlfriend's Guide to Closing the Deal."

The program costs $5 to attend, and you can register via the link in the flyer below.

Thank you to WVON 1690AM - The Talk of Chicago and Wvon Midway Broadcasting for working with us to put on this event.

#womeninradio #radio #BlackWomenInRadio #midwaybroadcasting

Join us at 7pm on May 6th for our event with Melody Spann Cooper as we continue celebrating #100yearsofradio. Learn more about her years of experience working in the #radio industry and about her new book, "The Girlfriend's Guide to Closing the Deal."

The program costs $5 to attend, and you can register via the link in the flyer below.

Thank you to WVON 1690AM - The Talk of Chicago and Wvon Midway Broadcasting for working with us to put on this event.

#womeninradio #radio #BlackWomenInRadio #midwaybroadcasting

04/27/2021
Happy (half) Hour: Maudlyne Ihejirika, Chicago Sun-Times

Ever wonder how journalists make the decision to broadcast potentially traumatic videos or sound-bites of graphic police violence? Then join us today, Live on Facebook from 5:30-6:00pm, for our weekly Happy (half) Hour show.

This week we have a very special guest, Maudlyne Ihejirika - Chicago Sun-Times, on to talk about the complexities of broadcasting graphic police shootings.

#100yearsofradio #radio #broadcasting #PoliceShootings #AdamToledo #chicago #broadcastjournalism

Ever wonder how journalists make the decision to broadcast potentially traumatic videos or sound-bites of graphic police...
04/27/2021

Ever wonder how journalists make the decision to broadcast potentially traumatic videos or sound-bites of graphic police violence? Then join us today, Live on Facebook from 5:30-6:00pm, for our weekly Happy (half) Hour show.

This week we have a very special guest, Maudlyne Ihejirika - Chicago Sun-Times, on to talk about the complexities of broadcasting graphic police shootings. Meet us back here on our page to tune in at 5:30pm tonight.

#100yearsofradio #radio #broadcasting #PoliceShootings #AdamToledo #chicago #broadcastjournalism

Ever wonder how journalists make the decision to broadcast potentially traumatic videos or sound-bites of graphic police violence? Then join us today, Live on Facebook from 5:30-6:00pm, for our weekly Happy (half) Hour show.

This week we have a very special guest, Maudlyne Ihejirika - Chicago Sun-Times, on to talk about the complexities of broadcasting graphic police shootings. Meet us back here on our page to tune in at 5:30pm tonight.

#100yearsofradio #radio #broadcasting #PoliceShootings #AdamToledo #chicago #broadcastjournalism

Happy 88th Birthday, TV legend Carol Burnett!From the MBC's Encyclopedia of Television: When The Carol Burnett Show aire...
04/26/2021

Happy 88th Birthday, TV legend Carol Burnett!

From the MBC's Encyclopedia of Television: When The Carol Burnett Show aired in September of 1967 on CBS, no one expected it to run eleven years. The show gave Carol Burnett, along with regulars Harvey Korman, Vicki Lawrence, Lyle Waggoner (who left in 1974), and Tim Conway (whose occasional guest appearances became permanent in 1975) an opportunity to fuse the best of live, vaudeville-style performance with the creative benefits of time and tape. Burnett's ensemble quickly bonded into a tight unit of professionals who looked, and acted, as if performing on The Carol Burnett Show was the best fun an entertainer could have. In reality, the meticulously-structured, musical-comedy program became one of the last, and one of the finest prime time variety shows to link the modern television age with Tin Pan Alley and the Golden Ages of motion pictures and television.

Happy 88th Birthday, TV legend Carol Burnett!

From the MBC's Encyclopedia of Television: When The Carol Burnett Show aired in September of 1967 on CBS, no one expected it to run eleven years. The show gave Carol Burnett, along with regulars Harvey Korman, Vicki Lawrence, Lyle Waggoner (who left in 1974), and Tim Conway (whose occasional guest appearances became permanent in 1975) an opportunity to fuse the best of live, vaudeville-style performance with the creative benefits of time and tape. Burnett's ensemble quickly bonded into a tight unit of professionals who looked, and acted, as if performing on The Carol Burnett Show was the best fun an entertainer could have. In reality, the meticulously-structured, musical-comedy program became one of the last, and one of the finest prime time variety shows to link the modern television age with Tin Pan Alley and the Golden Ages of motion pictures and television.

04/21/2021

You can also follow along with the panel discussion, streaming Live on Facebook right now!

04/21/2021
Broadcasting the Chauvin Verdict

As part of our continued exploration of media impact and accountability, the Museum of Broadcast Communications is hosting a discussion tonight to talk about the Derek Chauvin trial verdict and how to discuss it with children — in and out of the classroom. This event is being hosted on Zoom and crossposted to Facebook.

The verdict in the #ChauvinTrial was just released. We are hosting a free panel about it at 7:30 p.m. this evening via Z...
04/20/2021

The verdict in the #ChauvinTrial was just released. We are hosting a free panel about it at 7:30 p.m. this evening via Zoom. Please see the flyer below for more details.

Join us via the Zoom link in the flyer below.
#chauvin #verdict #DerekChauvinTrial #paneldiscussion

The verdict in the #ChauvinTrial was just released. We are hosting a free panel about it at 7:30 p.m. this evening via Zoom. Please see the flyer below for more details.

Join us via the Zoom link in the flyer below.
#chauvin #verdict #DerekChauvinTrial #paneldiscussion

04/19/2021

Radio Fun Fact!

Did you know: Norway was the first country in the world to completely shut down all FM radio in favor of Digital Audio Broadcasting, aka DAB, in 2018? 🇳🇴

Ever heard of the 'kiddie space opera?' Or, maybe you grew up watching them every weekend on TV? Either way, check out o...
04/18/2021

Ever heard of the 'kiddie space opera?' Or, maybe you grew up watching them every weekend on TV? Either way, check out our post and today's dose of nostalgia, "On This Day in History." 🚀

#rodbrown #nostalgia #scifi #television #cbstv #1950s #1950stelevision #space #spaceopera #tv

Ever heard of the 'kiddie space opera?' Or, maybe you grew up watching them every weekend on TV? Either way, check out our post and today's dose of nostalgia, "On This Day in History." 🚀

#rodbrown #nostalgia #scifi #television #cbstv #1950s #1950stelevision #space #spaceopera #tv

04/15/2021

The defense has rested its case in the #DerekChauvinTrial meaning the trial is almost over. Have you been following the trial? Let us know how, by

...listening to it? 🎙
...watching it live on TV? 🖥
...reading about it in the papers (physical newspapers or online newspapers)? 📰
...getting updates via social media? 📲

Let us know by responding with a radio emoji (🎙), TV emoji ( 🖥 ), a newspaper emoji ( 📰 ), or a social media emoji ( 📲 ) in the comments!!

#DerekChauvin #GeorgeFloyd #GeorgeFloydTrial #radio #television #socialmedia #newspapers #enews

04/14/2021

We're over 1 full year into the Pandemic ya'll, can you believe it? We talked about how we've been staying connected at the start of the Pandemic, and now we're wondering if anything has changed in the ways you all are staying connected with Friends and Family as the Pandemic continues on. So, we have a couple questions for you all, and we'd just love to hear from you!

1.) Has anyone picked up any new methods of staying connected?
2.) Have your communication habits changed over the past year?

Let us know in the comments!

#pandemiclife #pandemic #communications #SupportMuseums #museum #pandemic2021

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The verdict in the #ChauvinTrial was just released. We are hosting a free panel on the verdict this evening at 7:30pm via Zoom. Please see the flyer below for more details. Join us via the Zoom Link in the flyer below. #chauvin #verdict #chauvinverdict #DerekChauvinTrial #paneldiscussion
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