Texas Museum of Broadcasting & Communications

Texas Museum of Broadcasting & Communications The Texas Museum of Broadcasting and Communications spotlights the people and equipment from broadcasting's Golden Age. The Broadcast Museum spotlights the people and equipment of broadcasting's Golden Age, featuring working television and radio studios, a vintage equipment restoration facility, and archives available for research.
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Operating as usual

Our thanks to Jim Bornhorst, the engineering genius behind many advances in the concert sound industry, for donating thi...
10/16/2020

Our thanks to Jim Bornhorst, the engineering genius behind many advances in the concert sound industry, for donating this Showco Superboard. It is the first of eight that were ever built. It was used on many tours including James Taylor, Paul McCartney, Jackson Browne and many others. It is now on display at the Texas Broadcast Museum. Come see it!

09/15/2020

September 15 marks the fourth anniversary of the museum opening to the public!

08/09/2020

This weekend we had the most visitors since before the Pandemic came into play. Thank you to all of you who visited!. We hope you enjoyed it. We definitely enjoyed visiting with each and ever one of you. Please tell your friends about us, leave reviews on Trip Advisor, Google, Facebook or anywhere you prefer. Don't forget to post those pictures on social media. Come back and see us!

We revamped our working TV news & weather set to have a proper teleprompter.  Now when you visit, we can give you some g...
07/19/2020

We revamped our working TV news & weather set to have a proper teleprompter. Now when you visit, we can give you some gibberish to read!

A new addition to the Museum's collection, A very clean GE PE-350 four plumbicon  color camera.  It's missing a couple o...
07/19/2020

A new addition to the Museum's collection, A very clean GE PE-350 four plumbicon color camera. It's missing a couple of minor hardware pieces, but it's all there, including the power supply, camera control unit (CCU) and encoder.

Here is something you don't see every day.  It's a Zenith experimental HDTV camera.  It was made by BTS for Zenith. I re...
07/08/2020

Here is something you don't see every day. It's a Zenith experimental HDTV camera. It was made by BTS for Zenith. I remember seeing a Zenith HDTV exhibit at the National Association of Broadcaster's convention sometime in the 1990s. Maybe this was there.

It is now on display at the Museum. We have the camera control unit, cables and the rest of the electronics for it. (At least, we think we do!) We hope to put it all together in the near future. For now, it was a big enough job just mounting it on the tripod!

We  have many unusual pieces of broadcast equipment at eh Museum.  One of the strangest is a DuMont Multi_Scan color TV ...
07/07/2020

We have many unusual pieces of broadcast equipment at eh Museum. One of the strangest is a DuMont Multi_Scan color TV film chain. We think that maybe 50 were built. The DuMont ad bragged about #44 going to WBZ in Boston. We wonder how many have survived? Does anyone know of another one?

Texas Museum of Broadcasting & Communications
07/06/2020

Texas Museum of Broadcasting & Communications

It's Amateur Radio Field Day at the Broadcast Museum. Come by and see them make contacts all over the world. The Museum is open until 8:00 PM today, June 27.

It's Amateur Radio Field Day at the Broadcast Museum.  Come by and see them make contacts all over the world.  The Museu...
06/27/2020

It's Amateur Radio Field Day at the Broadcast Museum. Come by and see them make contacts all over the world. The Museum is open until 8:00 PM today, June 27.

06/20/2020

Brushing up on my music trivia this morning, typing jukebox labels for a new display. Do you know the flip side of the Surfaris' WIPEOUT? Jukebox should be labeled and ready for action shortly!

05/30/2020

We are back! Regular hours are Friday's and Saturdays from 10 AM until 5 PM.

05/15/2020

Turning on everything for an "open" day at the museum takes some time. What an eerie feeling it was this morning, turning on all the exhibits that have been quiet for the last two months. Shrouded in darkness and quiet while closed for our corona experience, it's as if the museum is waking up again! Surprisingly, everything turned back on and the vintage equipment is all humming away again!

We're open for the first time in two months. Come on by and visit us, we've missed you!

The Museum will re-open to the public on Friday, May 15.  Hours are 10 AM until 5 PM on Fridays and Saturdays.  We will ...
05/11/2020

The Museum will re-open to the public on Friday, May 15. Hours are 10 AM until 5 PM on Fridays and Saturdays. We will be practicing "Social Distancing." We encourage visitors to wear a mask and use the hand sanitizer that is available at our ticket counter. Until the the Covid-19 Pandemic is behind us, we will not be doing large group tours. In fact, we need to limit visitors to 10 at a time. That shouldn't be a problem for now.

We look forward to seeing you! Call 903-985-8115 for more information.

05/08/2020
Original ESPN Mobile Unit - 1979 Number 327

There's been a lot of discussion on Facebook about our ESPN Mobile unit. Many have asked how it got here, so here is a video that tells a lot of the story, https://youtu.be/eGDBnJMa1Gg

Sports and television have been closely related since the very first broadcasts. In 1979 when ESPN, the fledgling 24 hour sports network, first hit the airwa...

05/05/2020

The Museum remains closed. We are hoping to open on May 15, but that is tentative. This decision is based on the health and safety of our visitors and staff. However, we look forward to welcoming guests again as soon as all safety measures are in place to protect everyone. We will be in touch again via Facebook with updates to our social media channels and our website as our plans become firm.

04/28/2020

The governor has relaxed closures! we are planning on opening to the public on Friday, May 15. We hope to see you soon!

04/26/2020
俺はアイコノスコープだ I am a Iconoscope (english subtitles)

The Iconoscope was one of the very first pick-up tubes used in electronic television. Invented around 1933 by Vladimir Zworykin at RCA, it became a world wide standard in early television. This video from Japan (with "Engrish" subtitles) is fascinating. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bs5l39WsnKo

紹介された新聞記事 http://www.t-yomiuri.co.jp/bin/db/profile.cgi?_v=1238632266&tpl=detail アイコノスコープ 1933年(昭8)米国RCA Dr.ツヴォルキンが発明。世界初の電子管に依るテレビ撮影に成功した。日本の「テレビの父」と言われる高柳.....

The Texas Broadcast Museum remains closed to the public for the time being in response to the corona virus (COVID-19) ou...
03/23/2020
Take a step back in time with a visit to the Texas Broadcast Museum

The Texas Broadcast Museum remains closed to the public for the time being in response to the corona virus (COVID-19) outbreak. Despite this, the mission of the Museum continues and our staff is hard at work behind the scenes so that we will be ready to welcome visitors again as soon as we can safely do so.

For now, we encourage you to join us on Facebook .

Please consider making a financial gift to the Museum which will help us maintain our work and be ready to welcome visitors again soon. The Museum is a 501(c)3 nonprofit entity. We rely on earnings from admission tickets, hosting events in Studio 4 and donations for our financial well-being. This period of time, during which we are unable to welcome visitors, will be a difficult one for us. You can find a PayPal link on our web site, www.texasbroadcastmuseum.org.

Thank you, and stay well!

The museum offers an eclectic mix of vintage broadcast memorabilia and equipment, which is sure to delight the young and old alike.

Kilgore Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau
03/19/2020

Kilgore Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau

Governor Abbott has issued the mandatory closure of all bars/restaurants beginning March 20, 2020 at Midnight.

Please join us in liking/sharing the group Kilgore Area Take-Out. These businesses need your order's.

If you are a restaurant and would like to post your menu and delivery/pick-up options please do so.

#EatLocal #ShopLocal #WeAreKilgore #StaySafeandHealthy #WashYourHands

03/19/2020

Due to the Corona Virus Pandemic, we regret that the Texas Broadcast Museum will be closed to the public until at least April 3, 2020. On a limited basis, we will accept healthy individuals and very small groups of visitors by appointment. Please call 903-985-8115 if you would like to set up a specific time. We will try to accommodate you. Hopefully, this is just a temporary situation and in a few weeks we will all be laughing about it.

Meanwhile, please visit our web site, www.texasbroadcastmuseum.com

Stay healthy!

03/12/2020

At the Texas Broadcast Museum, the well-being of our visitors, volunteers and staff is our priority. In light of the recent corona virus outbreak, we are taking additional measures to protect the health of our staff and visitors.

Precautions we are taking:

We will provide hand sanitizer for staff and guest as you check in.

We have asked staff and volunteers to refrain from coming to work if they are feeling unwell, and we ask for your patience if we are subsequently understaffed.

Precautions we ask patrons take:

Please follow the guidelines put out by the Centers of Disease Control (CDC) for personal hygiene best practices before and during your visit to the Museum or Studio 4.

Make use of our hand sanitizer station, located at the entrance, to protect yourself and others during your visit.

Please refrain from touching items or exhibit.

Please wash your hands after visiting the rest room.

If you or anyone in your group is feeling unwell or are experiencing flu-like symptoms, we encourage you to please stay home. We are happy to issue "rain checks."

Call us at 903-985-8115 to reschedule a group tour.

We will continue to operate the Texas Broadcast Museum as usual, with these additional precautions. That you for your patience and understanding.

03/10/2020
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Yesterday and Today: The Interactive Beatles Experience is the nation’s most innovative and unique show utilizing the works of the Beatles. This amazing group, anchored by brothers Billy and Matthew McGuigan, does away the worn out “tribute” format of bad wigs and fake accents. Instead, they perform as themselves and leave the song choices completely in the hands of the audience. This is done through request cards that audience members fill out prior to the show. On those cards, the audience member only needs to fill out three things: their name, their favorite Beatles song and the reason why they chose that song. The cards are collected and two minutes before the show begins, a set list is created based upon the songs chosen by that particular audience. As an added treat, the reasons that the audience members chose those songs make up the narrative of the evening. Every show is different, every show is interactive, and every show Yesterday and Today: The Interactive Beatles Experience proves that The Beatles music truly is the soundtrack to our lives.

Please note, children under 5 years of age will not be admitted. Thank you.

Get your tickets at belchercenter.com

https://www.facebook.com/events/2547903502110170/

Yesterday and Today: The Interactive Beatles Experience is the nation’s most innovative and unique show utilizing the works of the Beatles. This amazing group, anchored by brothers Billy and Matthew McGuigan, does away the worn out “tribute” format of bad wigs and fake accents. Instead, they perform as themselves and leave the song choices completely in the hands of the audience. This is done through request cards that audience members fill out prior to the show. On those cards, the audience member only needs to fill out three things: their name, their favorite Beatles song and the reason why they chose that song. The cards are collected and two minutes before the show begins, a set list is created based upon the songs chosen by that particular audience. As an added treat, the reasons that the audience members chose those songs make up the narrative of the evening. Every show is different, every show is interactive, and every show Yesterday and Today: The Interactive Beatles Experience proves that The Beatles music truly is the soundtrack to our lives.

Please note, children under 5 years of age will not be admitted. Thank you.

Get your tickets at belchercenter.com

https://www.facebook.com/events/2547903502110170/

03/05/2020
Logo Contest

You are invited to participate in the East Texas Sound Collective Logo Contest!!!

We're looking for your graphic skills and even if it's pencil we want you to participate :) Please visit https://etxsoundcollective.com/ to read the rules and submit your entry!! We will accept entries until April 15th!

01/17/2020
Museum of Broadcast Technology

Here is a visit to the Museum of Broadcast Technology in Woonsocket, Rhode Island. It's good to know we aren't the only ones crazy enough to do this.

Actually, Tom and Paul, who are featured in this video, heve been incredibly helpful getting our museum off the ground. If you attend NAB, pleas look for us in the hallway outside the North Hall.

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416 E Main St
Kilgore, TX
75662

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Now Open: An interactive museum preserving America's broadcast history from its earliest days through the present, with vintage television and radio broadcast facilities.

Opening Hours

Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00

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(903) 985-8115

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VERY CUTE PHOTOS OF TELEVISION EQUIPMENT !! MY GREETINGS AND CONGRATULATIONS FROM THE CITY OF MONTEVIDE. MY COUNTRY URUGUAY IN SOUTH AMERICA
After the Hall of Fame ceremony, I am a big fan of the Broadcast Museum. What an amazing facility with such nice and courteous volunteers!
On a recent visit to The Texas Museum of Broadcasting and Communications in Kilgore Texas to help set up and get some 1970s RCA TK-45 color cameras working, I had some time to enjoy some of Chuck Conrad's restored radio stations. He has many on display and 2 on the air (AM and FM) stations (KDOK and KZQX FM) at a different location. If you are ever near Eastern Texas, this is well worth the visit. He also has a page. They are open Friday and Sat. and other days by special appointment.
I'm looking for a photo of the KONO building at 317 Arden Grove in San Antonio. I worked there in the 80's and never took a picture. At 71, I'm working on my broadcast career info and would like to include it. If you have a photo or can email me a copy, it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks! My wife and I went by the location, it has been torn down. That location is now a parking lot for a museum. My phone # is 318-417-8915 or email, [email protected]
One of the best museums I've ever seen. Very extensive one of a kind exhibits and Chuck is a great source of knowledge. There was so much to see that we're planning to go back. I heartily recommend it.
I wonder if there has been (or ever will be) any efforts toward transferring KTPB's DAT and CD live concert recordings while the original parts are still intact? I'd hate to think how much of it may have already become unrecoverable given what we recorded on back then.
To any of my radio buds in the DFW area: Did KRLD (AM) turn-off their HD?
Here's a microphone-shaped radio for now-defunct KPDN (for Pampa Daily News), Pampa, Texas, in the north part of the state. Pampa, roughly 17,000 populace, is halfway northeast between Amarillo and the Oklahoma stateline. I purchased this radio from a Scottsdale, Arizona, seller. KPDN signed on in mid-1936 at 1310 KC before moving to 1340 KC in 1941. This radio features "MBS" on the side, reflecting its news source as the Mutual Broadcasting System. A full-service station much of its life, KPDN was known for its local sports. It was the flagship for West Texas A&M University's football broadcasts led by "The Voice Of The Buffs," Warren Hasse, from 1953-1985. In December 1952, four years after being hired as Sports Director, Warren Hasse and Coy Palmer bought KPDN from its owner, the Pampa News newspaper. Hasse ran KPDN until July 16, 1981, when he sold it following 21 years as its sole owner. Sadly, KPDN's new owner, Phil Moore, died in 1985 (when the station was known as KSZN) and the station was put in his trust. There was no sale of KPDN (which 1340 returned as in 1988), and the station went off, for good, August 18, 1989. Today, Pampa has three commercial stations remaining, all under one owner, with the sole AM'er KGRO, at 1230 KC. {From the Jay Arnold Radio Collection}
This is indeed an early version of the 4M50. Those very early units were actually manufactured by a small company in Alabama and shipped to us in Silver Spring, MD to be retested and badged with the BE logo. This one looks like it may have been one that got into the market without going through our test lab, and was probably stripped of the main mother board which had the mixer and amps on it. I can tell it's origin by the particle board type material used for the side panels. I actually tested many of these units myself as a technician in my early years at BE. I have one of the later units in my personal collection, but mine is stereo. Thanks for reaching out to me. I always enjoy reconnecting with folks in the industry.
Are you guys still looking for a Western Union clock? If so I might have a Christmas present for you.. Its a little rough, but appears to be complete.