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The National Capital Radio & Television Museum (NCRTV) is deeply saddened by the death of Ed Walker.

Ed played an important role in the founding of the Radio History Society which was established in 1993 to create a local museum of radio and television history. Ed served as its first President. In recent years Ed served on the board of that organization and continued on the board of its successor National Capital Radio & Television Museum.

David Wolf, Chairman of the Board, stated, “Ed was integral to the creation of our institution. The Museum would not be where it is today without his leadership and ongoing support.”

At its recent September 12 Fundraiser, the Museum honored Ed for a lifetime in broadcasting. Ed, fortunately well enough to attend the event, stated that it was the most important award he had ever received.

We join the broadcasting community and Ed’s family in mourning his passing.

PreWWII electronic television offered to the MuseumThe Museum maintains a “Desired Acquisition” list—historical artifacts that we are particularly eager to acquire for the Museum’s permanent collections. At the top of the list WAS a pre-WWII electronic (CRT-type) television set. Wioth your help we were able to purchase the 1940 RCA-Victor mirror-in-the-lid TV Model TRK-120 shown here.

THANK YOU! to everyone who made a donation in support of this purchase!


Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
2:00 p.m.
At the Museum

January is Bonanza! month
TV Guide lists Bonanza among the top TV shows of all time. NBC aired this popular Western launched in 1959 and broadcast in color. Viewers became deeply engaged with the continuing story of the Cartwright family of Virginia City, Nevada, and its characters, such as Ben Cartwright (Lorne Green) and Little Joe (Michael Landon).

February is Burns and Allen month
George Burns and Gracie Allen first appeared on radio around 1930, and during the 1940s, their weekly radio show was popular with listeners. Then in 1950 The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show began its eight year run on television. In person Gracie was a highly intelligent woman, but on the show she played a zany, hair-brained, yet loveable character.

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.

RCA 6J6 tube and boxLOOKING FOR OLD TUBES for your radio? Check out our online store and tubes available for purchase!

Platinum level
Names appear here, in Dials and Channels, and in the Museum lobby

Gold level
Names appear in the Museum lobby and in Dials and Channels

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

DOCENTS WANTED! 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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