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THE HOUSE OF BROADCASTING (HOBI) RADIO AND TELEVISION MUSEUM
ARIZONA’S LARGEST PRIVATE COLLECTION OF BROADCAST MEMORABILIA
THE HOUSE OF BROADCASTING (HOBI) is proud to be celebrating its 21 years of operation. It began in 1997, with financial support from the Phoenix Chapter of American Women in Radio and Television and the Arizona Broadcasters Association. It has prospered and grown, thanks to the support of television and radio stations, personal and industry contributions. It is Arizona’s largest private collection of broadcast memorabilia.
The House of Broadcasting, Inc. is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public and preserving and celebrating the history, personalities and paraphernalia of radio and television in Arizona. It is one of only five museums in the country dedicated to the broadcast industry. The four others are in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and Washington D. C.
Museum has come a long way since its inception. HOBI’s beginnings were modest, a limited exhibition display in the South Arcade at Phoenix Chris-Town (now Christown- Spectrum Mall). It started with just one window display and grew to several. Today, the Museum is a part of the Arizona Historical Museum in Tempe.
Several hundred visitors tour HOBI per month, from across the state, the nation and the globe. They enjoyed the treasures that fill the Museum’s gallery rooms. Visitors delighted in the one of a kind photographs and awards, cameras, editing and lighting equipment. Special favorites are costuming and classical memorabilia from Buck Owens, (HOBI is the only Museum with Buck Owens costume outside his Bakersfield Museum), early news attire from Mary Jo West, the Marty Robbins, Lew King, 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 legends Del and the late, Jewell Lewis, add to the excitement.
The Museum also participated in the Smithsonian gallery in 1998, at the Tempe Festival, the Arizona Broadcasters Association exhibitor’s event, and did host community events including book signings for such notable authors as Hugh Downs, and Bill Thompson aka Wallace of Wallace and Ladmo, Maurie Helle (producer) Jana Bommersbach, Jan D’Atri, host on KPNX-TV … Al McCoy, Voice of the Phoenix Suns.
We also held an evening discussion on Katrina Hurricane with Jonathan Elias, Ch. 15 (Emmy Award winning anchor); Peter Busch, Ch. 5 with questions from the 100 plus audience attending. These two newscasters reported live from New Orleans. These high profile celebrity events garnered significant print and broadcast coverage. The museum has been featured on Fox 10, News 3, ABC 15, Channel 12 and CBS 5, as well as on Scottsdale Cable shows and in Trends Magazine, Scottsdale Magazine, Phoenix Magazine, Phoenix Home & Garden, Arizona Republic, Key Magazine and the Tribune.
In fact, HOBI had a 15-minute exclusive featured show touring the Museum in 2011 produced and playing on Scottsdale Cable 11.
The Celebrity Toast has honored not only the icons in the media industry but those who represent the very best of our community.
HOBI SALUTES/TOASTS HAVE HONORED
Mike Owens (former owner KNIX Radio-Owens Broadcasting)
Al McCoy (Voice of the Phoenix Suns)
Hugh Downs (20/20)
Karl Eller (Eller Media)
Del and Jewell Lewis (former owners Ch. 3)
John Junker (CEO Fiesta Bowl)
Jerry Colangelo (CEO Phoenix Suns)
Jack Clifford (Clifford Consulting) and Debbie Gaby, (Sleep America)
Susan Karis (Clear Channel/VP); Win Holden (Publisher) AZ Highways; and
Tom Chauncey II, (Lawyer and media mogul)
Lin Sue Cooney (12 News, KPNX-TV);
Pat McMahon (92.3 KTAR-FM and AZ-TV, Ch. 7, Cable 13);
Bill Shover (Retired-Arizona Republic)
Luis Gonzalez (AZ Diamondbacks); Jude LaCava (Fox 10); Dan Majerle (Grand Canyon Basketball Coach-Phoenix Suns)
Beth McDonald (KESZ 99.9); Sean McLaughlin (KPHO-CBS 5); Bill Miller (Magic Dust Television)
“HOBI’s STAR-STUDDED MEDIA CELEBRITY COOKBOOK”
In 2012 House of Broadcasting created and published a Cookbook with each recipe donated by a media celebrity – both in Radio and Television. Over 130 favorite recipes mainly by on-air persons.
“HOBI’s STAR-STUDDED MEDIA CELEBRITY COOKBOOK” has not only been a favorite within our broadcast community but we set-up autograph sessions in Bashas’ grocery store, Changing Hands and Poisoned Pen Bookstores. With remarks made by some of the personalities it’s obvious that there would be more of a connection to the community. The Cookbook fit right into Arizona’s Centennial Year of 2012 and was a strong fundraiser.
House of Broadcasting was honored to receive the prestigious Governor’s Award by the Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter of the Television Arts and Sciences. The 35th Emmy Awards event was held at the University of Phoenix Stadium on October 2012.
HOUSE OF BROADCASTING SEEKS A NEW HOME FOR COLLECTIONS After 14 years in Scottsdale in the historic Gilbert Ortega two-story building - the building has been sold and the new owners have different plans for the top floor.
Although we immeasurably enjoyed our almost two decades there we'd like a place where we can comfortably seat 50-60 people when we have an event at the Museum.
THE HOBI MUSEUM 18TH ANNIVERSARY The House of Broadcasting (HOBI) is proudly celebrating its 18th 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.
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.
Fans of recently departed country music legend Buck Owens can sing his hit Act Naturally while viewing some of his memorabilia at the museum. On exhibit are his red, white and blue guitar and flashy red rhinestone suit. The one-time Arizona resident and former KNIX-FM 102.5 owner had ties to Scottsdale in 1987. Owens served as Parada del Sol grand marshall. These are the only items of Buck's outside of his museum in Bakersfield, California.
The Museum is supported by annual events. Special events and programs are featured at the Museum periodically, including book signings by broadcast veteran authors such as Hugh Downs, tributes to legendary broadcasters and live radio broadcasts on “Those were the Days” by Chicago radio host Chuck Schaden. Group tours are available by special arrangement and educational and community opportunities are encouraged.
House of Broadcasting Currently Looking for New Location
The House of Broadcasting Museum is temporarily closed. We are working to secure a permanent home and building for the Museum and it gems.