Officers, Directors, and Staff
The National Capital Radio & Television Museum relies on volunteer docents and others to staff the majority of its needs. The executive director/curator, officers, and board members all serve without pay. The executive director is the Museum’s first professional staff member and works full time. 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
Laurie Baty has worked in museums for over 25 years. She has a B.A. in History/Secondary Education from Gettysburg College (PA) and an M.A. in American Studies, Smithsonian Program in Material Culture, with a concentration in Museum Studies, from the George Washington University (DC). Laurie began her museum career as a summer seasonal at Fort McHenry National Monument in Baltimore and most recently was the senior museum professional at the National Law Enforcement Museum startup in Washington, DC. She is a Distinguished Fellow of the Society of American Archivists. Laurie joined the Museum in mid-2011 and was promoted to Executive Director in December 2014.
One of the founders of the Radio History Society, volunteer Brian Belanger is the Museum’s executive director and curator. 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.
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.
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.
Angela Balsamo (term expired 2017)
Angela is a self proclaimed “news junkie,” having spent the beginning of her professional career as a television news producer at several area stations, including WJZ-TV in Baltimore and an independent news agency in Washington D.C. where she covered the White House and Capitol Hill. Following a brief stint in film production (Ladder 49), Angela joined her husband, Tom, in the wonderful world of entrepreneurship. She currently serves on the board of directors for Opportunity Builders, Inc. (OBI), a non-profit that works with developmentally disabled adults to provide them with life skills and meaningful work opportunities. Angela is the current President for the Pasadena Business Association. Angela and Tom reside in Pasadena with their daughter, Rose.
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.
Charles Grant (term expires 2015)
A long-time board member, Chuck is an attorney with a federal agency. He also holds an M.B.A. in finance; his area of graduate research was television and motion picture finance and marketing. Chuck is especially knowledgeable about the early days of television broadcasting in the Washington area. He has been instrumental in building the museum’s growing library of rare and early television programs on videotape and DVDs. Questions about television programs sent to the Museum website are often referred to Chuck for response.
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.
Bill McMahon (term expires 2015)
Bill is a charter member of the Museum, an avid radio premium collector, and listens to vintage radio programs for entertainment. He has served on the collections/exhibits committee since it began. To help publicize the Museum, he has set up numerous short-term radio exhibits at a wide variety of functions, including Metropolitan Washington Old-time Radio Club events, Washington Senators baseball team reunions, Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Conventions, NBC’s Digital Edge Expo at the Washington Convention Center, Friends of Old-Time Radio Conventions and the Montgomery County [Maryland] Agricultural Fair. Bill works for the federal government as a program manager specializing in terrain analysis and imagery intelligence.
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!
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.
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.