In its first full year after cutting the ribbon to a new permanent home in downtown Chicago, the Museum of Broadcast Communications (MBC) hosted events and personalities from all slices of media history.
Looking forward, through the prism of the classic past.
In March, the Museum celebrated the 89th anniversary of the groundbreaking National Barn Dance radio program.
Moderator Stephen Parry (writer-producer of the PBS documentary The Hayloft Gang) welcomed scholars, guests, and those who were there “back in the day.”
The gathering took place at an early site of the WLS radio studios, west of Chicago’s Loop, as one of the last events at that old building.
Jon Provost (Timmy from Lassie) chatted about child star life, and thereafter, with MBC CEO Bruce DuMont and WGN personality Steve Dale, signing books.
Provost also posed with a beautiful collie stand-in.
As television curator I prepared text for an exhibit on child star Gary Coleman. I also wrote a “Salute to the 1980s” program dinner show script, getting the opportunity to work with Saturday Night Live vet Tim Kazurinsky and George Wendt, quintessential fan of “da Bears.”
In November, the Museum staged a 25th anniversary public program (hosted by Steve Darnall) reuniting cast members Joel Hodgson, Frank Conniff, and Trace Beaulieu of the cult TV classic Mystery Science Theater 3000.
Circulating in the audience taking questions, I found a young fan who sweetly asked the age of Crow T. Robot. “How old are you?” came the reply from the MST3K stars, who then assured him that was exactly the puppet Crow’s age as well.
First up: Are you a fan of Chicago Fire? The new Chicago P.D.? Producer Dick Wolf? Circle Wednesday evening, February 19 (7:15) on your calendar for “An Evening with Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D.” See the museum.tv site for ticket information.
Text and photographs © 2014 Walter J. Podrazik