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.

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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

04/14/2021
Celebrating The Metropolitan Museum of Art 151st Anniversary!

Also, let me not neglect to acknowledge that it is the 151st Anniversary of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. This has been one of the most inspiring places I've visited in my entire life, so credit given where credit is due. Also, Google designed a glorious animation for the occasion, which I've posted below.

#SupportMuseums #themetropolitanmuseumofart #themet #museumssupportingmuseums

04/13/2021
Happy (half) Hour: Guest Fred Weintraub Discusses the Death of Prince Philip

It's time ya'll - Happy (half) Hour!! 🍻

Today we are talking about the ROYAL FAMILY, the passing of Prince Philip, the media coverage in the US and UK surrounding it, its implications on the future of the royal family, as well as its potential impact on Prince Harry's relationship with his family.

And who better to speak on these issues than Chicago's very own Royal Watcher, Fred Weintraub! Tune in and feel free to chime in as you watch in the comments section below.

Be sure to check out Fred's radio show, The Hannah and Fred Show, if you leave this half-hour wanting more (and you will).

Calling all Royal Watchers — or anyone who is simply interested in England's Royal family. You won't want to miss today'...
04/13/2021

Calling all Royal Watchers — or anyone who is simply interested in England's Royal family. You won't want to miss today's Happy (half) Hour show! Join us at 5:30pm as we talk to certified Royal buff, Fred Weintraub, about the media coverage of the death and funeral of Prince Philip, and what this means for the future of the Royal Family.

The occasion of Prince Philip's funeral this weekend will also mark the first time Prince Harry has returned to see his family since his historic Oprah Winfrey interview with Meghan Markle. So, join us!

#livefromlondon #princephilip #royalfamily #meghanmarkle #princeharry #princeharryandmeghan #HappyHour

Calling all Royal Watchers — or anyone who is simply interested in England's Royal family. You won't want to miss today's Happy (half) Hour show! Join us at 5:30pm as we talk to certified Royal buff, Fred Weintraub, about the media coverage of the death and funeral of Prince Philip, and what this means for the future of the Royal Family.

The occasion of Prince Philip's funeral this weekend will also mark the first time Prince Harry has returned to see his family since his historic Oprah Winfrey interview with Meghan Markle. So, join us!

#livefromlondon #princephilip #royalfamily #meghanmarkle #princeharry #princeharryandmeghan #HappyHour

04/12/2021

Get ready for what is bound to be a *juicy* Happy (half) Hour Show tomorrow evening at 5:30pm!

For now I can only tell you the discussion will involve talk about the British Royal Family and what it has do to with Black Women's History Month 👀

It’s been just over 60 years that Charles Rolland Douglass, a Mexican-born American sound engineer, created the TV sitco...
04/11/2021
One Guy Did The Laugh Track On All Of Your Favorite Shows

It’s been just over 60 years that Charles Rolland Douglass, a Mexican-born American sound engineer, created the TV sitcom laugh track. Here is his story...

You have one man to thank, or curse, for the laugh track you hear on old TV sitcoms: Charles Charley Douglass, a CBS sound engineer and keeper of the Laff Box. For decades, Douglass had a monopoly on laugh tracks for shows such as Hogan’s Heroes, The Munsters, and I Dream of Jeannie .

Come on, look at how amazing these posters are from the MBC Archives! And, even though the museum is still closed at the...
04/09/2021

Come on, look at how amazing these posters are from the MBC Archives! And, even though the museum is still closed at the moment, they are available to the public for purchase at:

http://ow.ly/XKXo50EkoxD #supportmuseums #supportsmallmuseums #supportart

April is also Black Women's History Month! This year, the National Women's History Alliance has chosen the theme of Vali...
04/07/2021
Golden Age of Black Radio - Part 4: Gender Equality and Civil Rights - Archives of African American Music and Culture - Google Arts & Culture

April is also Black Women's History Month! This year, the National Women's History Alliance has chosen the theme of Valiant Women of the Vote: Refusing to be Silenced.

In honor of this, we will be focusing the rest of our programming this month on highlighting Black Woman in the Radio Industry. We already have some exciting events and panels in the works, so stay tuned!

You can also learn more about the history of this month, along with goals and initiatives being taken during Black Women's History Month and beyond, here: https://artsandculture.google.com/exhibit/golden-age-of-black-radio-part-4-gender-equality-and-civil-rights-archives-of-african-american-music-and-culture/aQLipUDz5MbzKw?hl=en

In the 1930s and 1940s, the portrayal of Black women on the radio was epitomized by the stereotyped roles of the domestics “Beulah” and "Aunt Jemima." By t...

04/06/2021
Happy (half) Hour: The Power of Radio with Special Guest, Al Gini

Thanks so much to everyone who joined us for today's live Happy (half) Hour show, with our engaging guest Al Gini, Professor Emeritus at Loyola University of Chicago.

We will be back again, same time, same day with a new guest (it's a surprise for now, but we will be addressing a topic related to International Black Women's History Month)!

So stay tuned for updates!!

It's Tuesday and that means it's time for another Happy (half) Hour with our wonderful host Susy! Today, she will be dis...
04/06/2021

It's Tuesday and that means it's time for another Happy (half) Hour with our wonderful host Susy! Today, she will be discussing the Power of Radio with special guest, Professor Emeritus of Business Ethics at Loyola University Chicago, Al Gini.

Please remember to join us back here on Facebook LIVE starting at 5:30pm!

It's Tuesday and that means it's time for another Happy (half) Hour with our wonderful host Susy! Today, she will be discussing the Power of Radio with special guest, Professor Emeritus of Business Ethics at Loyola University Chicago, Al Gini.

Please remember to join us back here on Facebook LIVE starting at 5:30pm!

HAPPY EASTER!'Peter Cottontail,' the jazzy cartoon short about that 'cool little bunny', giving baskets full of Easter j...
04/04/2021
Classic WGN-TV Animated Easter Short: ‘Peter Cottontail’

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!

“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 …

Join us Monday for this incredible panelof #phenomenalwomen in radio as we celebrate #womenshistorymonth with a discussi...
03/26/2021

Join us Monday for this incredible panel
of #phenomenalwomen in radio as we celebrate #womenshistorymonth with a discussion of women in management. The program is free but registration is required at www.tinyurl.com/MBCevents
#womeninradio #100yearsofradio #radio

Join us Monday for this incredible panel
of #phenomenalwomen in radio as we celebrate #womenshistorymonth with a discussion of women in management. The program is free but registration is required at www.tinyurl.com/MBCevents
#womeninradio #100yearsofradio #radio

Emmy winner Jessica Walter has died at the age of 80. “Walter’s career included everything from a standout turn in Clint...
03/25/2021
Jessica Walter Dies: Emmy-Winning ‘Arrested Development’, ‘Archer’ Actress Was 80

Emmy winner Jessica Walter has died at the age of 80.

“Walter’s career included everything from a standout turn in Clint Eastwood’s directorial debut, Play Misty for Me to The Flamingo Kid to her Emmy-nominated turns on Trapper John M..D. and Streets of San Francisco. For her performance as Lucille Bluth in Arrested Development, Walter earned yet another Emmy nomination (Outstanding Supporting Actress) and two SAG nominations. Walter won an Emmy for Amy Prentiss. She also voiced Malory Archer on FXX’s animated series Archer.”

Jessica Walter, the award-winning actress whose career spanned five decades, passed away in her sleep at home in New York City on Wednesday, March 24. She was 80. Walter’s career included eve…

Mark your calendars for Monday, March 29! We have a panel of amazing broadcasters ready to dive into what it is like wor...
03/25/2021

Mark your calendars for Monday, March 29! We have a panel of amazing broadcasters ready to dive into what it is like working as woman in radio. Register now at www.tinyurl.com/mbcevents

Mark your calendars for Monday, March 29! We have a panel of amazing broadcasters ready to dive into what it is like working as woman in radio. Register now at www.tinyurl.com/mbcevents

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Actor Johnny Crawford has passed on at the age of 75. He played Clay Holden on “The Rifleman” with Chuck Connors from 1958-1963. He was one of the original Mouseketeers in 1955.☹️
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
Many television viewers around the USA, could remember seeing these. let's make sure that none of these happen to the MBC online archives.
Larry King, the longtime CNN host who became an icon through his interviews with countless newsmakers and his sartorial sensibilities, and those trademark suspenders, has passed on at the age of 87.☹️
Here it is again. a missing Chicago kids' TV show, from what's known today as WLS-TV.
ATTENTION ANGELS ************************ Tanya Roberts of "Charlie's Angels" final season, past away on 1/6, @ 65. RIP
Let's remember Mary Hartline. 1927-2020
Does anyone remember the WLS Fantastic Plastic Card radio promotion? It was sponsored by Orange Crush Soda, I believe. You would obtain them through the sales papers that came in the Sunday editions of the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun Times. It ran I want to say from 1979-1982.
Have you ever thought about doing a exhibit to honor James Garner's The Rockford Files? I would be willing to help set one up. http://jimsuva.typepad.com
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.