NCRTV Museum is going on the road.

In April, we are participating in the Kid’s Passport to Maryland History Program that is taking place all over Prince George’s County. On April 1 we will be at the Accokeek Branch Library (PGCMLS) from 12 noon to 4 and at Darnell’s Chance on April 29 from 11 to 3. We hope to see you there.

Museum Closed for a Special Event Friday March 17

The National Capital Radio and Television Museum will be closed on Friday, March 17, 2017 from 11:30 am to 2 pm for a special event. We regret any inconvenience.

National Capital Radio & Television Museum is closed

The National Capital Radio & Television Museum in Bowie, MD will be closed Tuesday, March 14 due to icy road conditions. Please stay safe on the roads today.

Spring Radio Repair Classes Opening Soon

New session of radio repair classes start on March 4, 2017 for the Saturday class and March 6, 2017 for the Monday evening class.  Space is limited so please contact Andrew Garner at to sign up.

Winner of Editor’s Choice for Best Things to Do in Annapolis


Jeremiah Broadway editor of the blog “Funthingstodo” just notified us that we have made the list for Best Things to Do in Annapolis, Maryland


NCRTV Museum Hours Change October 1st

As of October 1st, 2016, the hours of the National Capital Radio & Television Museum will be shifted one hour earlier than where they are now. This is in conjunction with the early sunset during the Fall and Winter months. The NCRTV Museum will be open Friday 9am – 4pm, Saturday 12pm-4pm and Sunday 12pm-4pm. For any inquiries, please contact the Museum Office at 301-390-1020.

Karen Whitehair Named Executive Director of the National Capital Radio & Television Museum

Bowie, MD: For Immediate Release

The Board of Directors of the National Capital Radio & Television Museum is pleased to announce the appointment of Karen Whitehair as Executive Director. Laurie Baty, the previous Executive Director, has accepted a position with the Drug Enforcement Agency Museum in Pentagon City, VA

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.

For all queries, please contact Andrew Garner at the museum. He can be reached at or by phone at 301-390-1020.


Prince Georges County Councilman Todd Turner presented the Museum with a check for $5,000 at the annual Open House. Councilman Turner cited the good work that the Museum has been doing in the past few years. He also stated how pleased he was to be able to give a grant to allow us to continue our work on volunteer training and children’s programs. Brian Belanger and Laurie Baty accepted the check. If you’re interested in becoming a docent, please contact the office at 301-390-1020.

Photograph © Photography by Perry

Laurie Baty Appointed Executive Director, National Capital Radio & Television Museum

For immediate Release

Bowie (MD)—The Board of Directors of the National Capital Radio & Television Museum (NCRTV), is very pleased to announce that the Board has appointed Laurie A. Baty as Executive Director of the Museum. Baty is currently the Deputy Director. She brings to the Museum more than 30 years of experience in both museum administration and curatorial work having held positions at National Archives & Records Museum, the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Department of the Interior, and the National Law Enforcement Museum. Baty also has served as a director of the Mid-Atlantic Association of Museum and various committees on the Society of American Archivists.

“We are thrilled with the selection of Laurie Baty as our new Executive Director,” stated David Green, Chairman of the Board of Directors. “Laurie is one of those rare museum professionals who understands both administration and collections. We needed someone who would build financial stability, while at the same time develop programs at the highest level. We are delighted that founding Executive Director Brian Belanger will stay on in his volunteer role as curator/librarian.”

“I am delighted and honored to be made Executive Director. In the three years since joining the Museum, we have seen an increase in programs, visitation, membership, and donations. As Executive Director I hope to bring additional vitality, excitement, and fresh perspectives to our work,” said Baty. “I look forward to building on its early successes.”

Baty holds a Bachelor of Arts in History, Secondary Education from Gettysburg College (Gettysburg, PA) and a Masters of Arts in American Studies, Smithsonian Program in Material Culture with a concentration in Museum Studies from The George Washington University (Washington, DC.) She is a Distinguished Fellow of the Society of American Archivists. Baty will assume the Executive Director position December 1, 2014.

The National Capital Radio & Television Museum opened its doors in 1999 with an all volunteer staff. It is currently housed in the 1906 home of the Mitchellville general store manager through a partnership with the City of Bowie. The Museum is the only museum in the metro Washington, DC, area dedicated to the collection, preservation, and interpretation of the history of radio and television. Its goal is to educate the public about the development and impact of electronic media.

The NCRTV Museum is located at 2608 Mitchellville Road in Bowie.
Museum hours are Friday 10-5 and Sat. and Sun. 1-5.

David Green
Phone: 301-390-1020

Museum Volunteer Dwight Heasty

Dwight Heasty passed away on March 26. His contributions to the National Capital Radio & Television Museum are in a category by themselves. Dwight volunteered to help about the time the Museum opened its doors in 1999. He served on the board of directors and was the Museum’s volunteer coordinator from 1999 through 2006. Furthermore, he was instrumental in creating innovative interactive exhibit devices for Museum visitors that continue in use today. Dwight could make just about anything mechanical or electrical that anyone could envision. A working exact replica of a Marconi magnetic detector, an elaborate Winshurst static generator, a scanning disc television receiver, and even re-creations of 1900-era laboratory tables are just a few examples of splendid devices that help the Museum tell the story of the development of radio and television. Dwight paid special attention to making devices that children could try out and enjoy. His Jacobs ladder is still a favorite of the kids who visit.

Dwight was a skilled radio engineer. An expert in electromagnetic compatibility, he spent much of his career with RCA, and always had a love for RCA’s “Nipper” dogs. The beautiful Nipper stained glass window at the Museum is yet another example of his skill at making things, and the several donated Nippers placed throughout the Museum remind us daily of Dwight.

As you walk through the Museum and read the artifact labels, you cannot help but notice that many of the finest items in the collection were donated by Dwight. A gentle, friendly, and extremely knowledgeable man, those who had the pleasure of knowing and working with Dwight are richer for that experience. A docent who joined the Museum recently said, “I never met the man, but I feel I knew him because of the displays I see every time I am at the museum.” A bronze plaque on the wall says “With gratitude to Dwight Heasty, developer of superb exhibits, volunteer coordinator, and board member.”

Our hearts go out to his family.