Pavek Museum of Broadcasting

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Pavek Museum
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The entrance to the Pavek Museum
Established 29 October 1988 (1988-10-29)
Location St. Louis Park, Minnesota
Coordinates 44°56′21″N 93°20′37″W / 44.93917°N 93.34361°W / 44.93917; -93.34361Coordinates: 44°56′21″N 93°20′37″W / 44.93917°N 93.34361°W / 44.93917; -93.34361
Type Telecommunications museum
Founder Joe Pavek, Earl Bakken, Paul Hedberg

The Pavek Museum is a museum in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, United States, (just west of Minneapolis) which has one of the world's most significant collections of vintage radio and television equipment. It originated in the collection of Joe Pavek, who began squirreling away unique radios while he was an instructor at Dunwoody Institute in 1946. Students of the day were given old radios to disassemble in order to learn their trade, and Pavek was concerned about what might be destroyed in the process.


Pavek's collection expanded through the 1970s, when he decided to start looking for someone to take over for him. However, he had trouble finding someone who would take the job and was about to sell off the collection at auction in 1984 when Earl Bakken stepped in. Bakken, the founder of Medtronic and the inventor of the first wearable pacemaker, had also spent many years fixing old radios and TVs, and shared Pavek's passion for vintage hardware. The two joined Paul Hedberg of the Minnesota Broadcasters Association in creating a non-profit organization that would be the new museum's parent. The Pavek Museum finally opened on October 29, 1988, a day that was honored with a proclamation by Governor Rudy Perpich as "Joe Pavek Day."

Joe Pavek died a year later in 1989, and Bakken stepped in to lead the organization. In 1990 the collection was greatly expanded with the addition of the collection of John T. "Jack" Mullin, an Army Signal Corps veteran of World War II who had brought some AEG Magnetophon tape recorders back to the United States from Germany. Mullin used them to record Bing Crosby's radio programs, the first use of magnetic tape in American broadcasting. Over the years, he acquired other recording devices and eventually amassed a world-renowned collection.

The museum has offered several educational courses since its founding, both for children and adults.

Related collections[edit]

See also, the Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago, Illinois, and the Museum of Broadcast Technology[1] in Woonsocket, Rhode Island

Hall of Fame inductees[edit]

Since 2001, the museum has been honoring legendary area broadcasters by inducting them into the Museum of Broadcasting Hall of Fame.


  • Rod Hurd
  • Milford C. Jensen
  • Bud Kraehling
  • Joyce Lamont
  • Alver G. Leighton
  • Don Linder
  • Harry Linder
  • Willard Linder
  • Stuart Lindman
  • Jack Lynch
  • Don Olson and Sylvia Olson-Christensen
  • Charles B. Persons
  • June Persons
  • Paul Ramseyer
  • Odin S. Ramsland
  • Robert B. Ridder
  • Bob Ryan
  • Henry "Hank" Sampson
  • Donald E. Swartz


  • Bill Ingram
  • Marc Kalman
  • Cliff Mitchell
  • Dave Moore
  • David Stone
  • Albert Tedesco
  • Victor Tedesco
  • Nicholas Tedesco
  • Jimmy Valentine
  • Francis Van Konynenburg



  • John MacDougall
  • Jack Moore
  • Howard Viken
  • Dale Weber


  • Don Bleu
  • John Mayasich
  • Jeanne Arland Peterson
  • Sam Sherwood
  • Al, Nick & Vic Tedesco
  • Lou Waters
  • Jim Wychor
  • Lillie Ziegler


  • Andy Hilger
  • Jerry & Pat Papenfuss
  • Jim Ramsburg
  • Don Stolz
  • Mary Alice Williams


  • Brad Jacobs
  • Mel Jass
  • Clayton Kaufman
  • Ray Scott
  • Don Shelby
  • Dean Sorenson


  • Jason Davis
  • Lynn Dwyer
  • John Gordon
  • Ron Handberg
  • Brad Johnson
  • Chuck Knapp
  • David H. Knutson
  • Charles "Chick" McCuen
  • Pat Miles
  • Mel Paradis
  • Marion English Watson


  • Charlie Bush
  • Wally Christensen
  • Steve and Sharon Edelman
  • Arv Johnson
  • Tom H. Jones
  • Mike Kronforst
  • Andy Lia
  • John Lundell
  • Nancy Nelson
  • Diana Pierce
  • Stan Turner


  • Donald K. Martin
  • Brad Nessler
  • Phil Nolan
  • Marty O'Neill
  • Darcy Pohland


  • Frank Buetel
  • Maynard Meyer
  • Barbara Reyelts
  • Ray Vecellio
  • Steve Woodbury
  • Charles "Woody" Woodward
  • Phil Lewis
  • John Sherman
  • Tom Kay


  • Mick Anselmo
  • Mark Rosen
  • Dick Bremer
  • Jack Thayer
  • Robert Johnson
  • Clifford J. Thomforde


  1. ^ Museum of Broadcast Technology, [1] Retrieved 1 Dec 2012


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