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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 Ventriloquists, Puppets and Children’s Shows Month!
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
2:00 p.m.
At the Museum

Oct. 3-5 Kukla, Fran and Ollie, unknown date. Fran Allison was the star of this long-running children’s program that featured puppets such as Ollie, Kukla, Fletcher Rabbit and Buelah Witch. The show first appeared in 1948 and lasted until 1957.

Oct. 10-12 The Muppet Show, Guest Tony Randall. Jim Henson’s hand puppets (e.g., Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, and Gonzo) were cute, loveable creatures. Their fame grew when they began to appear on Sesame Street. This syndicated show was produced between 1976 and 1981.


The Museum has recently become 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.

RCA 6J6 tube and boxLOOKING FOR OLD TUBES for your radio?
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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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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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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