Welcome to the House of Broadcasting, Arizona's Radio & Television Museum Website!
THE HOUSE OF BROADCASTING (HOBI) RADIO AND TELEVISION MUSEUM
ARIZONAíS LARGEST PRIVATE COLLECTION OF BROADCAST MEMORABILIA
HISTORICAL MUSEUM BOUND
House of Broadcasting Radio & Television Museum will finally be displayed at the
Arizona Historical Museum in Tempe on 2/9/2021! We will be notifying our friends as to the many activities planned in association with this event.
THE HOUSE OF BROADCASTING (HOBI) is proud to be celebrating its 22 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 Arizonaís 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. HOBIís 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 Museumís 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 exhibitorís 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 DíAtri, host on KPNX-TV Ö 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)
House of Broadcasting was honored to receive the prestigious Governorís 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.
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.
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. Many of the House of Broadcasting's artifacts can be viewed on Floor #2 at the Arizona State University Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication - 555 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ.