Bruce DuMont founded the Museum of Broadcast Communications in the early 1980’s, sensing that we needed a place to showcase the history of radio and television.
“The museums I spoke with weren’t interested in videotape” says DuMont. Fast forward to 2018, and you realize how ahead of the curve he was. Today, every major museum in the U.S. has replaced traditional text and photo exhibit panels with video.
Based in Chicago, the museum houses the Radio Hall Of Fame and other exhibits that tell the story of broadcasting’s early years. Special pieces include the Meet The Press television set, as well the first TV camera used in a presidential debate.
The latest exhibit is an immersive experience about the production of Saturday Night Live. Visitors can see first hand what it takes to write sketches, book guests and produce the long running comedy show on NBC. Highlights include a set from Wayne’s World, the Weekend Update desk, and a replica of the SNL main stage from Rockefeller Center in New York City.
For admission, hours, and exhibits – visit: www.museum.tv
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