THE HOBI MUSEUM 17TH ANNIVERSARY
The House of Broadcasting (HOBI) is proudly celebrating its 17th Anniversary this year. It began in 1997, with the help of the Phoenix Chapter of American Women in Radio and Television and the Arizona Broadcasters Association. The Museum has prospered and grown, thanks to the support of television and radio stations, personal and industry contributions. HOBI is Arizona’s premiere radio and television home, dedicated to preserving and celebrating the history, personalities and paraphernalia of the electronic media. The Museum is a 501C3 non-profit organization.
HOBI’s beginnings were modest, a limited exhibition display in the South Arcade at Phoenix Chris Town (now Spectrum Mall). Today, the Museum proudly occupies 2,000 square feet on the second floor of Silver Land at 7150 E. Fifth Avenue in Scottsdale, across from the Galleria on Scottsdale Road.
Visitors come from across the state, the nation and the globe to enjoy the treasures that fill the gallery rooms of the Museum. They delight in the one of a kind photographs, awards, cameras, editing and lighting equipment. Special favorites are costuming and classical memorabilia from Buck Owens, early news attire from Mary Jo West, the Marty Robbins’, Frank Pollack, Karl Eller, Tom Chauncey and the Ira Lavin collections. Recent acquisitions from the late C. E. Pep Cooney, equipment and photographs from Red Harkins, and special items from other Arizona broadcasters, add to the excitement.