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 radios more than century-long development.

Officers

Brian Belanger

Brian Belanger

  • Curator

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 Rosetti

David Rosetti

  • Treasurer

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.

Directors

Steve Hansman

Steve Hansman

  • Board Chair

A native Marylander. Born in Baltimore and raised in Baltimore County. Graduated from the University of Maryland Medical School in 1979 and completed a residency in Family Practice in 1982 at Andrews AFB. Spent 8 years on active duty with the United States Air Force as a Family Physician, 1979-1987. Returned to Maryland in 1987 and practiced medicine in Charles County for 3 years. Moved to Annapolis in 1990 to work as a family physician for Johns Hopkins and did that until 2014. I was hired to be the Medical Director of Primary Care for Anne Arundel Medical Center in 2014, supervising primary care offices in 4 counties. I returned to full time primary care in April 2018, and I am still actively practicing in Pasadena, MD as an employee of the Anne Arundel Medical Center. I have had a lifelong interest in science and got my start in electronics from my father who taught that subject for the US Army. That background and my love of history led me to become a radio collector and historian. I became involved with the NCRTV Museum at its inception as a member and one of the first docents. I was elected to the board of the museum in June 2015, and became the chair of the board in January 2018. I currently live in Arnold, MD. I am married and I have one daughter and 2 grandchildren.

Ira Wexler

Ira Wexler

After graduating Capitol Institute of Technology with a degree in Electrical Engineering, and then graduate study at Johns Hopkins University, Ira taught electronics at the Community College of Baltimore, before beginning his career as an electrical engineer. He recently retired from the diagnostic instrument division of Becton Dickinson as an engineering manager, and prior to that was an electrical engineer at Environmental Elements Corporation. In that capacity, he received a patent for introducing microcomputer technology to the electrostatic precipitator industry. His interest in electronics and radio began when he became an amateur radio operator in 1960. His present callsign is KB3I. In addition to restoring antique radios, he also collects and restores electromechanical pinball machines and amusement devices. He has been a docent at the museum since January of 2015, and is also the Chairman of the Volunteer Committee.

Chris Waldron

Chris Waldron

Chris is entering his second year as a Board Member for the National Capital Radio and Television Museum. It has been a rewarding experience for him as he has helped guide this museum through another year of existence educating the public on the history of Radio and Television. Chris is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University where he studied broadcast journalism. He is also a practicing attorney representing individuals that are active in the areas of broadcasting, digital information security and startup companies. In addition he has several years of experience representing corporations in regulatory proceedings and engaging in litigation stemming from these proceedings. He has experience in broadcast radio as a on air news reporter and fundraiser for his college radio station (WPSU). Also, he was an article writer and Editor in Chief of his law school newspaper (The New York Law School Reporter). Chris is active in the community and is a adult volunteer with Boy Scout Troop 1657 based in Prince George’s County where he has served as an Assistant Scout Master and Interim Scout Master for the troop. He is always open to discuss new ideas and approaches to problems and looks forward to continue working with his colleagues on the board of the National Capital Radio and Television Museum.

Anne Thompson

Anne Thompson

With a professional career spanning more than 20 years in multiple industries, Anne Thompson has developed a broad array of experience ranging from operations, sales, and marketing, to M&A and regulatory affairs. Anne is also an Artist, currently exhibiting her paintings in the Washington DC area. As well as her work with NCRTV, Anne is currently holds a Board position with the Washington DC/Baltimore Chapter of Women In Cable Telecommunications, where she uses her passion for the arts and media to organize awareness programs to influence federal, state, and local political leaders and to expand development opportunities for women in telecom and media. She holds a BA in Anthropology from Dickinson College and lives in Washington, DC with her husband Bill.

John Anderson

John Anderson

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.

Laurie Baty

Laurie Baty has more than 30 years of museum and archival experience. She is currently the Director of the Drug Enforcement Administration Museum and Visitor Center in Washington, D.C. Prior to that she was the Executive Director of the National Capitol Radio & Television Museum, previously serving as the senior museum professional on the planning for the National Law Enforcement Museum in Washington, DC. Laurie has an undergraduate degree in History from Gettysburg College and a Masters in American Studies, Smithsonian Program in Material Culture with a concentration in Museum Studies from the George Washington University. She has an extensive background in museums and archives, and is a published photographic historian. Laurie has worked for many different cultural institutions including the National Park Service, the International Museum Photography and Film at George Eastman House, the Maryland Historical Society, National Archives and Records Administration, the Department of the Interior, and the US Holocaust Memorial Museum. She has served as an international instructor for the Society of American Archivists in the Administration of Photographic Collections, a member of the MidAtlantic Association of Museums board, and has represented the Society of American Archivists on the “Joint Committee” of the American Library Association/Society of American Archivists/American Association of Museums. She is a Distinguished Fellow of SAA.

Paul Fiddick

Paul Fiddick

Broadcasting is a lifelong calling for Paul. A shortwave listener from age 10, he has served as chief executive of three commercial broadcasting companies throughout his career. Paul is President Emeritus of Emmis International, a multinational radio company that operated primarily in Central and Eastern Europe. He co-founded Heritage Media Corporation and built its radio division to one of the largest operators in the U.S. Paul was recruited to Heritage from Multimedia Broadcasting, where he was president of its radio division. He began his radio career as an on-air personality at a campus radio station, and while in college, constructed an AM/FM pirate station. Paul is past Chairman of the Radio Advertising Bureau and director of the National Association of Broadcasters. He also served in a Senate-confirmed subcabinet position at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and briefly as Acting Agriculture Secretary. Paul has taught Mass Communications at the university level, and is an honors graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism. He resides in Arlington, Virginia.

Staff

Sherise Malachi

Sherise Malachi

  • Executive Director
Ellen Dahl

Ellen Dahl

  • Museum Assistant

Ellen Dahl has worked as the Museum Assistant at the National Capital Radio & Television Museum since August of 2017. Before joining our team, Ellen volunteered at a number of local museums, including Montpelier Mansion and our very own NCRTV, where she initiated a systematic inventory of the museum's vast collection. If you have any questions about the museum, programming, volunteer opportunities, or scheduling a tour, please contact her at info@ncrtv.org or call 301-390-1020.