Museum of Broadcast Communications
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The Museum of Broadcast Communications is an American museum, the stated mission of which is "to collect, preserve, and present historic and contemporary radio and television content as well as educate, inform and entertain through our archives, public programs, screenings, exhibits, publications and online access to our resources."
The museum is located in Chicago, Illinois.
Construction and opening of museum building
The planned museum had delays in its development resulting from a fiscal stalemate with the state of Illinois. It was originally scheduled to open in Spring 2005 and later in 2009, but its half-completed building was then slated to be sold due to lack of funds, which CEO Bruce DuMont blamed on lack of state funds. On November 7, 2009, DuMont announced that funding for the museum from the state of Illinois had been obtained and that construction would be restarted.
In June 2010, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn stated that Illinois would be giving a $6 million capital grant to help complete the museum. The new 62,000-square-foot Museum was back under construction in 2010. It includes expanded areas for collection development, two exhibit galleries and working radio and television studios. In May 2011, made a deadline by the state of Illinois to finish basic interior work and landscaping. Because of cold weather, the museum had been given a 30-day extension on an original April 30 deadline.
Encyclopedia of Television
The museum's online resource, the Encyclopedia of Television, includes original essays relating to historic moments and trends, major policy disputes and such topics as violence, tabloid television and quiz show scandals. It also includes histories of major television networks, as well as broadcasting systems around the world, and is complemented by resource materials, photos and bibliographical information.
The Great Debate and Beyond
Chicago hosted the first televised presidential debate, between Richard M. Nixon and John F. Kennedy. It took place September 26, 1960, at WBBM-TV's former studios on McClurg Court. The Museum created an interactive, multimedia online exhibition celebrating this long relationship called "The Great Debate and Beyond: The History of Televised Presidential Debates".
National Radio Hall of Fame
The second floor of the museum is home to the National Radio Hall of Fame. The Radio Hall of Fame(RHOF) previously resided within the MBC at the Chicago Cultural Center before moving to its new location on State Street.
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- Encyclopedia of Television Retrieved 2010-08-21.
- The History of Televised Presidential Debates. The Museum of Broadcast Communications. Retrieved 2010-08-21.