Officers, Directors, and Staff
The National Capital Radio & Television Museum relies on volunteer docents and others to staff the majority of its needs. The curator, officers, and board members all serve without pay. The executive director and the museum assistant are the Museum’s professional staff. Many of us were first drawn to the museum by our interest in radio or broadcasting history. Indeed, many of the Museum’s leaders and volunteers are collectors of radios, other equipment, or books and documents about radio’s more than century-long development.
Officers & Staff
Karen Whitehair brings 25 years of overall Museum experience to the Museum, with an emphasis on collections management, exhibit development and interpretation. She received her Bachelor’s Degree of Art in History from the University of Colorado in 1988 and her Master’s Degree of Art in History from Yale University in 1991. She also holds a certificate in Museum Studies from The George Washington University, received in 1994. She has been featured in several academic publications, including History News and Collections: A Journal for Museum and Archive Professionals. Ms. Whitehair comes to us from the Montpelier Mansion in Prince George’s County, a beautiful estate home in Laurel, MD. The Museum looks forward to her joining its team on August 29th.
One of the founders of the Radio History Society, volunteer Brian Belanger is the Museum’s curator and a Director on the board. Prior to his retirement in 2000 from the National Institute of Standards and Technology, he held several senior management positions there, including Deputy Director of the Advanced Technology Program. He was a Commerce Department Science and Technology Fellow in 1983 and a recipient of Bronze and Silver medals from the Department. An electrical engineer, with a bachelor’s degree from Caltech and a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California, Brian also was a research engineer at the General Electric Research and Development Center early in his career. He is an amateur extra-class ham operator with call letters KB3PRS. He is the co-editor of Radio Age, the newsletter of the Mid-Atlantic Antique Radio Club, and the editor of Dials and Channels, the journal of the Radio & Television Museum. He was the recipient of the 2001 Antique Wireless Association’s Houck Award for Documentation for his many articles on antique radio topics, and also served as the first vice president of that organization.
David’s interest in radio and television broadcasting began in 1974 when he completed a course with The Columbia School of Broadcasting and subsequently passed the FCC exam for a broadcast license. While he’s not currently on the radio now, you may have seen him as an extra on “The West Wing”, HBO’s “The Wire” or in a public service announcement for The United Way Campaign. David is a graduate of the University of Maryland and holds a BS degree in Finance with a concentration in securities analysis and portfolio management. He holds the designations of Chartered Advisor for Senior Living (CASL®) and Certified in Long Term Care (CLTC). David volunteers his time as a member of the Board of Directors of the Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce and chairs the Business Development Committee. He also volunteers as an advisor for a co-ed Venture Crew for the Baltimore Area Council/BSA where he provides the youth basic firearms safety instruction. He lives in Pasadena, Maryland, with his wife and two children.
Vice Chair — Elainea Myers (term expires 2017)
Elainea is an Assistant Vice President at BB&T bank in Bowie. She is interested in working with the non-profit community in Bowie and is excited about helping the Museum grow its corporate support!
Secretary — Michael Henry (term expires 2016)
Michael’s long passion for radio and television history began when he was a teenager in San Jose, California, in the 1980s. He became hooked when KSFO in San Francisco began re-broadcasting vintage radio programs. When he came to Washington in 1991 to attend the George Washington University, he became a regular listener to The Big Broadcast on WAMU and soon began volunteering at the station. Michael began working at the Broadcast Pioneers Library (BPL), a nationally known research library devoted to the history of radio and television broadcasting. Michael remained with BPL when it moved to the University of Maryland and became the Library of American Broadcasting (LAB) in 1994. He has been serving as a docent at the Museum since 2006 and has helped to forge a good working relationship between the LAB and the Museum.
Treasurer — David Rossetti (term expires 2018)
A Naval Academy graduate with a Master’s degree in Systems Management from the University of Southern California, Dave currently supports himself as a business development professional, providing consulting services to businesses pursuing Federal contracts, predominately in the Defense and information technology sectors. He started his career as a Surface Warfare Officer in the U.S. Navy, serving as an Electronics Warfare and Electronics Maintenance Officer on a naval combatant. Leaving the Navy, his career has spanned numerous technology fields. He has worked in undersea warfare systems, information technology, transportation systems, and the intelligence community, in various capacities that included roles as an analyst, business development manager, program manager, engineering manager, systems engineer, director, and for a short time, business manager for a family owned antiques store. Dave has been an avid collector and restorer of antiquities, including vintage and 18th century furniture, 70s and 80s period automobiles, and more recently, tube-based electronics. His specialty area currently lies in the collection, repair, restoration, and calibration of Hickok and military vacuum tube testers. In addition to his service on the NCRTV board supporting strategic planning for the museum, he also serves as a director on the board of the Mid-Atlantic Antique Radio Club. He is also a graduate of the NCRTV’s Antique Radio Repair course. Dave lives in Annapolis, MD.
Immediate Past Chair — David Green
John Anderson (term expires 2018)
John graduated from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and spent most of his career there as a clinical nephrologist (kidney specialist) until retiring in 2010. His interest in vintage radios and TVs dates to 1950 when at age three, he was the first employee of Anderson Radio and Television Repair, a business started by his father, Gus Anderson. Gus had received a degree in Radio and Television engineering in 1940 and served in the US Army Signal Corp. Encouraged by his uncles Bill and Neil, radio and computer engineers, respectively, as well the need to refurbish the Zenith farm radio and Magnavox TV he inherited from his dad, he took the Museum’s vintage radio repair course and then become a docent in 2014. He was elated when the farm radio worked beautifully at his family reunion in front of his uncles and three cousins who are also engineers.
He lives in the middle of an apple and pear orchard in Glen Arm, MD, with his wife, a research scientist and serves on the medical advisory board of the National Kidney Foundation of Maryland. They are frequent visitors to London, U.K., where their daughter is a corporate banker and their one year old granddaughter is into playing with trucks and balls not dolls.
Cathy Gorn (term expires 2018)
Dr. Cathy Gorn is executive director of National History Day and adjunct professor of history at the University of Maryland at College Park, the institutional home of National History Day. As such, she has directed more 20 national and international institutes for teachers of history and social studies including institutes on: “Normandy: Sacrifice for Freedom,” and “Global and Multi-Cultural Perspectives on the Columbian Voyage and Its Legacies.” Dr. Gorn serves on the White House Historical Association Board of Trustees, the Education Advisory Committee for the First Freedom Center and the Education Committee of the American Bar Association and the Presidential Advisors for the National World War II Museum. She brings her non-profit management and fundraising expertise to the Board.
Stephen Hansman (term expires 2018)
Steve is a Board Certified Family Physician and a native Marylander. He most recently spent 24 years providing primary care at Johns Hopkins Community Physicians in Annapolis. Steve has been collecting radios for many years and likes to think of himself as a kind of archaeologist, looking for radios at flea markets and antique shops, posted on eBay, or available by networking through people who share his passion. Steve is the Medical Director for Primary Care of the Anne Arundel Medical Group and also treats patients at the Pasadena office.
James O’Neal (term expires 2016)
James has been involved in broadcasting-related activities for most of his life, beginning with employment at a commercial radio station during his teen years. He spent nearly 37 years in television engineering before retiring in 2005, and immediately began a second career as technology editor for TV Technology magazine. He is an avid broadcast historian, and has published numerous articles on early radio and television. He has been invited to lecture at broadcast engineering conferences, the Smithsonian Institution, and before radio/television history groups. He is a graduate of the University of Arkansas and a member of several engineering organizations.