Posts Tagged ‘Chicago Broadcasting’

Chicago’s Museum of Broadcast Communications Reopens!

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

After 6 years in the making, the Museum of Broadcast Communications (MBC) in Chicago will have its Grand Opening and Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony tomorrow, Wednesday, June 13th at 10am! Tonight, Chicagoans Betty White, Hugh Downs, and John Mahoney will be in the Windy City to celebrate at a gala for the museum’s new home, which is located at 360 N. State St.

The MBC exhibits “historic and contemporary radio and television content,” including TV and radio programs, memorabilia, and interactive displays. Within the impressive collection is the RCA TK-2 camera that was used as then-Senator Kennedy’s close-up camera in the first Kennedy-Nixon debate, which took place in Chicago.

Since 2009, the Archive has integrated the text of the definitive Encyclopedia of Television, authored by The Museum of Broadcasting Communications, into our website. The Encyclopedia brings extensive additional information about the Archive’s interview subjects to the portal, including the history of popular series, key dates, and background on performers, crew and controversies, all catalogued within the vast library of

Congrats to our friends at the MBC! We can’t wait to see the new museum!

For more on our collaboration with the MBC, click here. To watch a video segment on the new museum, click here.

Chicago Broadcasting Legend Ward Quaal Has Died

Friday, October 8th, 2010

Ward Quaal was a broadcasting pioneer who transitioned from radio to television at the advent of the medium and became president of WGN, Chicago.  He died on September 24, at the age of 91.

Interview Description:

Ward Quaal was interviewed for three hours in Chicago, IL.  Quaal described his lifelong association with Chicago television station WGN, where he began as an announcer and worked his way up to station manager and later president of the WGN Continental Broadcasting Company.  Quaal described the programming on WGN through the years as well as the evolution of television technology. He outlined WGN’s conversion to a “superstation” and the station’s subsequent financial success.  He spoke about working closely with government agencies in matters regarding the broadcast industry (allocation of stations, the Fairness Doctrine, etc.) as well as the government’s role in regulating the industry.  Quaal passionately advocated the need for local stations to provide their communities with relevant programming. He also talked about writing the textbook Broadcast Management, and its usefulness to aspiring station managers.  The interview was conducted by Karen Herman on October 12, 2004.