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The Museum is a member of Chesapeake Charities, a non-profit organization that helps raise money for local charities. Chesapeake Charities is running an eBay fundraising auction this week.

There are three ways you can help:

1) Let your friends and family know about the auction and ask them to visit, browse the wonderful and unique items being offered, and place a bid on one or more items that they would love to have or give as a gift.

2) Visit the website yourself at, browse and place a bid on one or more items that you would love to have or give as a gift.

3) If you “do” Facebook, follow both the Museum (and Chesapeake Charities, like the Museum and Chesapeake Charitites, and share the auction posts that you will see on http://Facebook/chesapeakecharities.

That’s it!

The auction will be online until Saturday, October 25 at 3:00 p.m. (some items will be open for bidding until Sunday, October 26) so please take this action as soon as you can! Keep an eye on the auction as we get closer to Saturday because some minimum bids may be reduced.

For your information, here is some background on Chesapeake Charities, a local community foundation and 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. For ten years, Chesapeake Charities has been providing fund and grant expertise and administrative support to now more than 70 individual charities in the Chesapeake Bay area, enabling them to focus on the good work that they do. This includes running after-school programs, animal welfare, environmental conservation, family support services, historic preservation, teen intervention programs, promoting the arts and many more important community efforts.

Thank you for helping me to support Chesapeake Charities. It means a great deal to me.


The Big Broadcast Celebrates 50 Years
Sunday, November 2, 2014 @3:00pm
As the host of WAMU 88.5′s beloved “Big Broadcast,” Ed Walker introduced a new generation to the golden age of radio.

You are invited to join the 50th Anniversary Celebration of “The Big Broadcast” with longtime host Ed Walker.

The event will feature both a classic and an original old-time radio show performed by the Metropolitan Washington Old Time Radio Club. The actors also will give a special demonstration on how sound effects are performed.

Rob Bamberger, host of WAMU’s “Hot Jazz Saturday Night,” will interview Ed about the history of “The Big Broadcast” and give attendees a behind-the-scenes look of the historic show.

Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014
3 p.m.
Lisner Auditorium, The George Washington University
730 21st Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20052

$30 Adults
$15 12 and Under

To purchase tickets, visit:
or call the box office at: (202) 994-6800

Got tickets? Excited about the show? Use the hashtag #bigb50 on social media!
Twitter: @wamu885


We are delighted to announce that both the Chesapeake Region and the National Capital Region have included the National Capital Radio & Television Museum in their Combined Federal Campaign. Known as the Federal United Way, this annual fundraising opportunity is an important addition to our funding streams.

If you are a Federal employee, please consider selecting the Museum as part of your annual giving.

Our CFC Number is 87245.

Donate online:
National Capital Region
Chesapeake Region

If you have any questions, please contact your Agency’s CFC team.


October is I Love Lucy Month!
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
2:00 p.m.
At the Museum

For roughly a decade, beginning in 1951, I Love Lucy was consistently ranked among the top rated TV shows. Lucille Ball and her husband Desi Arnez and their friends Fred and Ethel Mertz had no end of zany episodes that continued in reruns long after the original shows aired.

October 31-November 2 Lucy Does a TV Commercial is the 30th episode and originally aired on May 5, 1952. It may be the most famous episode of the show. In this classic episode, Lucy angled her way onto Ricky’s special as the show’s pitch girl. She advertises a medicine called “Vitameatavegamin.” Believing it contains vitamins, minerals, meat, and vegetables, Lucy actually does not know is that the stuff is also contained 23 percent of alcohol. Need we say more?


The Museum is a non-profit member of the local 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 a donation to the Museum, please click the donate now button to go to PayPal. All donated funds will come to the Museum.

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Check out our online store and tubes available for purchase!





Please consider using these businesses as a way of thanking them for supporting us!

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Names appear here, in Dials and Channels, and in the Museum lobby
The Longaberger Co., Roberta Borges, Bowie, MD
Simpson & Simpson, PLLC, Williamsville, NY
Toth Distribution Services, Bowie, MD
Widmann Financial, Bowie, MD
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Silver level
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If your business would like to join these companies in supporting the Museum, please contact Laurie Baty.

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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