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Can you believe it's already December?
If you're planning to visit us this holiday season, we'll be closing early on Dec 24 & 31, and closed on Dec 25 & Jan 1.
Hope to see you soon!
Today, wireless phones are a part of everyday life, but in 1901 it was unthinkable. That is until Guglielmo Marconi successfully received a message between St. John's Newfoundland and England on December 12th of that year using a 150 meter long antenna attached to a kite. While he only heard the faint clicks of Morse code, Marconi had changed history and is considered the earliest pioneer of wireless communications which led to considerable advances in technology that we enjoy today.
Tis’ the season and once again the city is filled with cheer. Whether you’re shopping on Michigan Ave, visiting the window displays at the old Marshall Field’s building, or ice skating in Millennium Park, there’s always plenty to do this time of year. And if you need a break from the holiday hustle and bustle, come to the MBC and take in some amazing exhibits including A Century of Radio, the Chicago School of Television and more. We’re located right in the middle of all the action so stop by Thursday-Saturday (10am-4pm) and make the MBC part of the festivities. You'll also love our gift shop--lots of holiday stocking stuffers and gifts to choose from. See you soon!
High-Yo Silver! Away! In December 1933, WGN Chicago began airing The Lone Ranger three nights a week from WXYZ Detroit. What made this radio broadcast special was that the two stations were independent of each other until ten months later when the Mutual Network was formed - kicking off what some people call the “Golden Age”of U.S. Radio Dramas.” Another popular show, The Adventures of Superman was also broadcast and out of four of the major radio networks at the time, the Mutual Network had the most affiliates in the U.S. For decades the network ran strong, but never expanded into television and was eventually sold to Westwood One in 1985.
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Every year since 1973, kids and adults alike have gathered round to watch the Charlie Brown Thanksgiving television special. Originally airing on CBS, this classic, Emmy winning show contained one of the most famous scenes of any Peanuts special with Lucy pulling the football away just as Charlie Brown runs up to kick it – resulting in Charlie falling on his back. The special, which runs for 25 minutes total, moved around to different networks over the years with ABC, The Disney Channel and Nickelodeon airing it. This year it airs on Apple TV and we’re looking forward to watching it almost as much as the holiday itself.
One of the most beloved broadcasts over the holidays is the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Held in New York City, the parade was the result of the expansion of the Macy’s department store in 1924, making it the largest store in New York at the time. To celebrate, Macy’s decided to throw a parade to kick off the season with a procession which ran for six miles through Manhattan. The parade was filled with massive balloons, floats, marching bands, clowns and more. The parade was first televised on Nov. 27, 1953, and ever since has pulled viewers of all ages. This year, it will be broadcast on both NBC and CBS from 8am-11am. Kick off your Thanksgiving with an event steeped in tradition and fun for the whole family.
Every year between November 13 and 19th is Transgender Awareness Week – a time when trans people and their allies bring attention to their community while raising awareness around issues of prejudice, discrimination, and violence towards those who identify as transgender. In the media trans people have begun to see and create positive representation through various outlets, some of which include Trans Radio UK, This Way Out Radio and TV programs with trans actors and characters in shows such as Work in Progress, Billions and Orange is the New Black. And while there's a ways to go when it comes to transgender representation and rights, these shows and others are paving the way and making a positive impact on viewers and listeners for the future.
Coming downtown for the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival this weekend? Stop in to warm up and get a start on your holiday shopping! The Hardrock, Coco and Joe DVD is back in stock, and we just got really great mugs and water bottles with our new logo. If you can't make it in person, check the online museum store at www.museum.tv
In 2005, Ted Koppel, one of the longest running anchors of ABC’s Nightline retired after 25 years. His final broadcast of Nightline was unique in that it didn’t feature star studded interviews or famous moments from the past, but rather focused on his 1995 interview with college professor Morrie Schwartz, who was suffering with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. As part of the broadcast, he also interviewed sports journalist Mitch Albom, a former student of Schwartz who was inspired to visit him once a week. These visits became the basis of the best-selling book Tuesdays with Morrie, chronicling life lessons as told by Schwartz - giving Koppel's last broadcast the kind of impact that few TV anchors have been able to achieve.
Veteran broadcaster, Radio Hall of Fame inductee, and long-time Radio Hall of Fame ceremony announcer Jim Bohannon passed away today at 78 years of age. During his long and celebrated career, Bohannon anchored the 'America in the Morning' news magazine show, as well as hosted the 'Jim Bohannon Show' for over 30 years. His distinctive voice will be missed.
For more about his life and achievements, see https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/legacyremembers/james-bohannon-obituary?id=37339790
This week, NBC’s Meet the Press, one of the most influential and longest running political talk shows on television, celebrated its 75thanniversary. Starting in 1945 as a radio program, the show evolved into a forum for interviews with top political figures covering a wide variety of topics including politics, economics and foreign policy with roundtable discussions which provided opinions and analysis. One of the most notable moderators of the show, Tim Russert helped guide the show into new territories and as a result, was a staple in the political talk show world. Come see the final set he used during his tenure as host.
Longtime WGN-TV and WGN Radio meteorologist Roger Treimstra passed away this week at the age of 92. Beginning his weather career in the Air Force's Strategic Weather Command, Treimstra worked at WLS before moving to WGN in 1967, where he remained until his retirement in 1998.
Tonight, we celebrate the Radio Hall of Fame's 2022 class of inductees, Broadway Bill Lee, Carol Miller, Chris 'Mad Dog' Russo, Ellen K, Jeff Smulyan, Lon Helton, Marv Dyson, Suzyn Waldman and Walt 'Baby' Love. Congratulations to these industry veterans on their well-deserved honors! https://www.radiohalloffame.com/2022-inductees
Congratulations to this year’s inductees who will be honored in-person at the 2022 Radio Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Tuesday, November 1 at Chicago’s Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel. .
Chuck Lorre, also known by his given name Charles Michael Levine, is an American film & television director, writer, producer, composer and actor. Originally a musician who played guitar and sang, he spent more than a decade on the road before deciding to go into television – starting off as an animation script writer for DC and Marvel Productions. Lorre's big break however came in 1991, when he became a supervising producer of the ABC mega hit comedy Roseanne. Working his way up to co-executive producer, he helped bring the show to a high level of critical and popular acclaim which earned him the title: "King of Sitcoms". And for good reason. His other creations include other hit shows like Grace Under Fire, Cybill, Dharma & Greg, Two and a Half Men and more. All hail the king!
Jules Bass, a pioneer of stop-motion animation, died this week at 87 years of age. His work is perhaps best known from 1964's Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and 1969's Frosty the Snowman, which were painstakingly shot frame-by-frame using jointed dolls making small, precise movements along with his producing partner Arthur Rankin, Jr. Bass was also a lyricist on several of his films, writing such familiar songs as "I Believe in Santa Claus" and the "Snow & Heat Miser Song."
RCA (Radio Corporation of America) was a major player for decades in the communications industry. Founded in 1919, it was initially owned by several companies including General Electric, Westinghouse, AT&T and the United Fruit Company. In 1932 however, that all changed when RCA became an independent company as part of the settlement of a government antitrust suit. As a stand-alone firm, RCA dominated the electronics and communications sectors and was on the cutting edge of the radio industry in the 1920’s. As a major manufacturer of radio receivers, RCA also created the first nationwide U.S. radio network, known as the National Broadcasting Company (NBC). As if that wasn’t impressive enough, they also pioneered the development of black and white and color TV’s.
In October of 1984, BBC TV made journalism history with its coverage of the famine in a remote region of northern Ethiopia. Reported by Michael Buerk, and filmed by Kenyan cameraman Mohammed Amin, this powerful report showed this crisis firsthand and despite the lack of social media and other digital news outlets, the story was picked up by over 400 stations worldwide including NBC which kept Buerk’s dialogue intact (instead of dubbing his voice for American audiences) which was unheard of at the time. The report spawned several charitable movements. The most famous of which was the Live Aid concert in July of 1985. Featuring an all-star lineup of artists, it raised millions for Ethiopians affected by the famine, making for another historic moment in modern media history. Without Buerk’s initial report however, none of this would have happened, making it one of the most important broadcast events of the 20th century.
In 1974, NBC vice president of late-night programming, Dick Ebersol was asked to create a show for the Saturday night slot. Ebersol approached Lorne Michaels, who had an idea for a variety show with comedy sketches, political satire, and musical guests that targeted the 18- to 34-year-old demographic. On Oct. 11, 1975 the first SNL aired. It was a hit that launched film careers for many cast members including greats such as John Belushi, Chris Farley and Chevy Chase. To keep things interesting, the live aspect of the show resulted in several controversies and acts of censorship, with mistakes and intentional acts "off-script" by performers as well as guests. After four decades on air, Saturday Night Live has received 252 Primetime Emmy Awards, six Writers Guild of America Awards, and two Peabody Awards. In 2000, it was inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame.
We're celebrating the 75th anniversary of Kukla, Fran, and Ollie today! We'll be screening classic episodes starting around 1:30pm, followed at 3pm by a 'broadcast' from Co-Prosperity of live, new “episodes” where the descendants of the Kuklapolitans learn about the history of puppetry, KFO, and children’s TV in Chicago. Brought to you by the Chicago History Museum, Museum of Broadcast Communications, and the Newberry Library. Join us for this look back at what made KFO special, and how it still resonates with audiences. The program is included with your museum admission today!
On October 9th, 1986, The Late Show first aired on what was then a new network called Fox. Unrelated to CBS' later iteration of The Late Show, the new Fox series was hosted by comedian Joan Rivers. It was positioned to compete with the Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson which angered him as Rivers was a regular guest host on his show and didn’t mention she had her own show in the works. Her show wasn’t as successful as the Tonight Show and the ratings soon dropped – putting Rivers at odds with Fox executives who eventually fired her in 1987. For her last hurrah, in true comedic fashion, she left a “parting gift”, which consisted of vandalizing the set with toilet paper and shaving cream.
In October of 1992, the Cartoon Network launched the first 24-hour channel featuring animation as its main focus. Owned by Warner Bros, the network launched with a special event called Droopy's Guide to the Cartoon Network hosted by MGMs Tom & Jerry and cartoon character Droopy. The channel’s initial programing consisted exclusively of reruns of classic Warner Bros. cartoons, such as “Looney Tunes”, “Popeye”, Cartoons from MGM studios as well as Hanna-Barbera – making for a fun and hilarious outlet for those seeking a quick laugh or reminisce about the golden days of animation. It has now become a television staple with other successful shows such as “Ed, Edd n Eddy” “Johnny Bravo” and the “Powderpuff Girls” to name a few.
Congratulations to Alan Krashesky ABC7 on his well-earned upcoming retirement! We've welcomed him into our homes for the last 40 years at ABC 7 Chicago and it will be bittersweet when he signs off his last newscast on November 22.
In 1946, pioneer Raoul A. Cortez launched KCOR 1350 AM in San Antonio, Texas. It was the nation’s first Hispanic owned-and-operated Spanish-language radio station and served as the foundation for Hispanic media in the years to come. In addition to radio, Cortez also launched KCOR-TV, Channel 41, the nation’s first full-time Spanish-language TV station which was purchased by an investment group in 1962 who used the station as a jumping off point to launch two new media companies which became known as Univision. Today as the leading Spanish-language media and content company in the world TelevisaUnivision is a household name among their Hispanic audience. This powerful network has worked hard to appeal to their growing audience by instituting policies of language neutrality regarding dialects and also prohibited the use of English in its programming, making the network a powerful media outlet aimed to entertain and inform native Spanish speakers through news, shows and other forms of entertainment.
WTTW was founded in 1955 with the goal of providing educational television shows to those without the means or proximity to the city of Chicago. The station’s first program, Report to the Teachers, premiered on September 6 of that year, and was one of what would become 40 regularly scheduled programs which aired each week. After only a year, WTTW was already a trailblazer in television production, providing the first live remote broadcast from Orchestra Hall; the first language course and, with the Chicago’s Board of Education, the first college courses through its TV College series. WTTW was one of the few stations in the nation to offer daily tele-courses which reached approximately 7 million students in the midwest region. As the years went on, WTTW became know for it's engaging, educational and entertaining programming which included iconic kids shows such as Sesame Street, as well as programming for the arts beginning with its groundbreaking Festival series that offered Chicagoans a front row seat to ballet, modern dance, music, satire, and dramatic performances. Some other shows of note included "Chicago: City of the Century", "Curious Traveler" and the well known "Frugal Gourmet" among many others throughout its 60 year history.
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Have you had a chance to check out our new exhibits yet? MBC is open Thursdays through Sundays, 10am to 5pm. Come experience Ride the Wave: A Century of Radio -- you'll hear radio a little differently!
Come in and check out the Century of Radio, Radio Hall of Fame and Chicago Television Gallery this weekend! www.museum.tv
From the first commercial broadcast in 1920, to present day, Our Ride the Wave exhibit will show you how radio shaped American culture over the past 100 years. After that, take a nostalgic walk through our Chicago Television History exhibit, then learn about the legends who are part of the Radio Hall of Fame. There’s always plenty to see at the MBC. We’re open Thursday-Sundays from 10am-5pm and admission is free. Visit us soon. #MBC #CenturyofRadio #TelevisionHistory #RadioHallofFame
Actor and comedian Bob Saget, best known for his role on Full House and as the original host of America's Funniest Home Videos, died today at 65. We wanted to share this video, An Evening with Bob Saget, produced by MBC.
Legendary actress Betty White, former board member and generous benefactor to the Museum of Broadcast Communication has passed away at 99, weeks before her 100th birthday. We love you, Betty. Please enjoy ‘The MBC Presents Brunch with Betty White’ a fundraiser for the museum in May of 2009.
The Yule Log is an American television event which is traditionally broadcast on Christmas Eve or Christmas Morning. Originally airing from 1966-1989 on the NYC station WPIX, this beloved “show” was relaunched in 2001 and consists of a single shot of a roaring fireplace which loops every seven seconds – even if you have a fireplace, this calming and festive footage will make anyone’s holiday feel a little more special. Catch it this year on the Hallmark Channel and enjoy! #MBC2021 #YuleLog #TVHistory #HolidayShows #HappyHolidays #HolidayTraditions #HolidayTVSpecial
In December of 1965, “A Charlie Brown Christmas” first aired on American Television. Featuring characters from Charles M. Schulz’s popular comic series Peanuts, it has since become an all-time holiday classic for young and old alike. What was your favorite holiday TV special when you were growing up? #CharlieBrown #CharlesMShculzMuseum #CBS #HolidayTV
Whether it’s a home run, touchdown or goal, if you’re a sports fan, it’s probably hard to imagine watching a game without instant replay. So where did instant replay come from? It was invented by CBS Sports Director Tony Verna in 1963 during a televised Army vs. Navy football game - making it a “game changer” in the world of sports broadcasting. #SportsBroadcasting #SportsHistory #Television
Come see how far radio has come over the past hundred years. The Century of Radio exhibit, Ride The Wave at the MBC will take you on a journey that explores the cultural, social and historical aspects of radio with engaging and thought-provoking exhibits showing the impact radio has had on our lives. Get tickets now at https://www.museum.tv/ #MBCChicago #CenturyofRadio #RadioHistory
We’re thrilled to honor the people who have contributed to the development of radio throughout its long and storied history. This year, we’re inducting the Class of 2021 and welcoming last year’s hall of fame members. In addition, we’ll also honoring 33 people we consider to be legends who have made a significant impact in radio over the past 100 years. Learn more about the 2021 inductees and more at radiohalloffame.com #MBC2021 #RadioHallofFame #Radio #RadioLegends
The MBC is a proud supporter of Media Literacy week. This important life skill centers around the ability to evaluate media content and draw conclusions around messaging we are exposed to daily. It empowers people to think critically and creatively regarding all forms of media and plays an essential role in education across the U.S. Learn more about Media Literacy Week at medialiteracyweek.us #MBCChicago #MediaLitWk #MediaLiteracy #AlwaysLearning
Today is the official opening for the Last Week Tonight Masterpiece Gallery, which runs until October 26th. MBC has received 10k along with the Greater Chicago Food Depository and is one of only five museums who get the honor of hosting this exhibit. We’re extremely proud to have been chosen and can’t wait for you to see it. For information, or to plan your visit, go to www.museum.tv now. #MBC2021 #LWTMasterpieceGallery #johnoliver #openingtoday #museumexhibit #art #popculture
Our “A Century of Radio” exhibit opens tomorrow to the public. Come by and explore how radio has evolved, entertained, and informed millions of people over the past 100 years. For information, and to plan your visit, go to www.museum.tv today. #MBC2021 #CenturyofRadio #openingsoon #radio
The journalistic power of radio came to life during WWII when Edward R. Murrow began broadcasting as London was being bombed by Germany - bringing the realities of war into the homes of people across the U.S. His reporting informed and generated support for the Allied forces. What is the first major news story you remember being reported in your life? #MBCChicago #broadcasthistory #worldnews #radio
Great news! The artwork from the Last Week Tonight Masterpiece Gallery will soon be on its way to the MBC. Come on down to the MBC to see the exhibit from Oct. 5 - Oct 26. #MBC2021 #lastweektonight #artexhibit John Oliver
Yesterday we shared that MBC is the second stop of the Last Week Tonight Masterpiece Gallery National Art Tour of 2021. Today, we give you the full story — Last Week Tonight with John Oliver second video goes into a little more detail. And yes, we are still honored to be one of the 5 museums chosen, and grateful it means we and the Greater Chicago Food Depository will get $10,000. #MBC2021
WE ARE SO EXCITED! Last Week Tonight with John Oliver chose us along with four other lovely museums to host his eclectic art collection! Yes, people, we are the second stop in the 2021 Last Week Tonight Masterpiece Gallery National Tour. WHAT AN HONOR! #MBC2021
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