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Museum’s Second Annual Fall Fundraiser Approaching!

Old fashioned microphone with electric bolts radiating out of it. The words Turn Your Radio On surround the microphone.
Buy your tickets now! The National Capital Radio and Television Museum’s Second Annual Fall Fundraiser “Turn Your Radio On” will be held Saturday, September 12, 2015. The event will be held at the Blue Dolphin Seafood Bar & Grill, 1166 Md Rt. 3 South, Gambrills, MD beginning at 6:30 p.m.

This year, the NCRTV Museum will be honoring Ed Walker of National Public Radio “The Big Broadcast” fame for lifetime achievement in broadcasting. Arch Campbell, long-time DC arts and entertainment critic, will be present to honor Mr. Walker.

The evening will also include a live performance of the radio show Can You Top This?, dancing to music of the 1930s & 1940s by the Ruth Capabianco Quintet, a delicious dinner buffet including beer and wine, and an exciting silent auction.

Event registration can be made online or by mailing a check to the NCRTV Museum to PO Box 1809, Bowie, MD 20717. Individual cost is $65 per person and reserved tables of 8 are available for $480. Sponsorship and advertising opportunities also are available—please contact the Museum directly for details at or by calling 301-390-1020 between 9 and 3.

Proceeds from the event will assist in preserving the history of radio and television for future generations. In an age where people born from the 1980s-on think radios, TVs and phones have always been tiny and portable, the Museum displays, explains, and preserves scores of wonderful pieces of equipment and devices from bygone eras to the present that show the development and impact of electronic media. Visitors to the Museum listen or watch any of thousands of audio and video programs, on the radios or TVs of their time period. Children participate in interactive programs that help them understand the science of radio and television.

August is The Loretta Young Show month
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
2:00 p.m.
At the Museum

Loretta Young had been a successful motion picture star before going on television. At the beginning of each TV program she would sweep onto the set with a full-skirted gown to introduce that evening’s uplifting drama. She starred in many, but not all shows. On NBC from 1953 to 1961, the program’s format evolved over the years. It was originally called Letter to Loretta. Each weekend in June a different episode will be shown.


If you wish to make a financial donation to the Museum, you have two options.

The Museum has recently become a non-profit member of the local community foundation Chesapeake Charities to better position itself to raise money for its programs. One of the benefits of this partnership is the ability to raise funds through the Web. If you’d like to make an online donation to the Museum, please click the “donate now” button to go to PayPal. All donated funds are held for the Museum by Chesapeake Charities.

PLEASE NOTE: The “Make a Donation” button should NOT be used for payments for goods or services (e.g., tubes, SAMs, or photocopies). If you wish to use PayPal to pay for those items, let us know and we will invoice you. Thanks!

If you would prefer to send us a check, checks should be made payable and sent to:
NCRTV Museum
PO Box 1809
Bowie, MD 20717

Credit cards also may be used. Please call the office at 301-390-1020 during regular business hours to consult with staff regarding such payments.

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If your business would like to support the Museum, please contact the Museum.

The Museum is looking for volunteers to serve as docents–people willing to take visitors on tours of the Museum. It is fun and rewarding! The Museum (which has been called “one of the 10 best museums in the State of Maryland”) will provide training. You’ll become an expert on the history of radio & TV. Docents are asked to agree to be on duty at least one day per month. To find out more, email Director Brian Belanger or call the museum at 301-390-1020.

THE NATIONAL CAPITAL RADIO & TELEVISION MUSEUM in Bowie, Maryland, opened its doors to the public in 1999, and since then has continued to grow in stature. Located just thirty minutes from the U.S. Capitol, the National Capital Radio & Television Museum has an extensive collection of old radio and TV literature and radio and television artifacts and working displays. The National Capital Radio & Television Museum is a non-profit corporation dedicated to the preservation of radio and television history.


Things To Do

  • Take a tour and see the evolution of radio & television
  • Review a fabulous collection of vintage receivers and related memorabilia
  • Listen to radio broadcasts on early radio receivers
  • Watch early television shows on vintage sets

Things To See

  • 40 lb. “portable” radio
  • Reado “radio” that prints out the newspaper
  • Philco “Mystery” remote control
  • Radio that takes pictures
  • TV set showcased at the 1939 World’s Fair

Museum Hours:
Friday: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Other times by appointment

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We are a recognized Federal Charity for the Combined Federal Campaign: Our CFC Number is 87245.

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