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Phoenix Television Talks Scheduled

Future signings to be announced.


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.
Stay tuned!

HOBI Board hard at work in September.. Thank you, Refuge Restaurant, for hosting us!
HOBI Board hard at work. (And we also laugh a lot.) Thank you, KTAR, for hosting us!
(L-R)Thomas Mihalchick, Judy Schriener, Sedona (intern),Pat McMahon (front) Maurie Helle,
Mary Morrison, Lisa Honebrink, Polly Schumacher, Dr. John Craft, Sophia Wong

Book signing at Sunnyslope Historical Society
Thanks to Rene Blain and the Sunnyslope Historical Society & Museum for hosting a House of Broadcasting presentation by authors John Craft and Lisa Honebrink for "Phoenix Television" Satruday, May 25, 2019. Rene Blain and her staff also sold books at the event. A packed house showed their enthusiasm for the early days of Phoenix broadcasting. The group photo, L-R: Lisa Honebrink; Rene Blain, Sunnyslope Historical Society President; and HOBI board members Mary Morrison, Sophia Wong, John Craft and Geri Rosato. Authors' royalties from the book are going to House of Broadcasting's annual college student scholarships.

Book signing at Changing Hands Bookstore - Phoenix
On Friday, May 17, 2019, about 55 people attended a book signing at Changing Hands-Phoenix to celebrate the book Phoenix Television. Some audience members asked authors John Craft and Lisa Honebrink questions, while others shared their own stories of the early days of Phoenix television. Pat McMahon and Mary Jo West were called upon to share some of their broadcasting memories. Mary Jo also introduced Annie Montgomery, former Ch. 10 sports anchor. Changing Hands sold more than 30 books, which helps HOBI fund more scholarships for college journalism students! HOBI board members John Craft and Lisa Honebrink are donating their author royalties to HOBI's scholarship fund.
Photos courtesy of DeEtte Person



Univision Arizona hosted a book launch event for “Phoenix Television” on Wednesday, April 24 at Univision’s beautiful building at 6006 S. 30th Street. About 130 people attended, enjoying the buffet made possible by Univision and ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Other event sponsors included House of Broadcasting, Inc.; the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences; and the Arizona Broadcasters Association. House of Broadcasting Inc’s Polly Schumacher and Lynda Gallagher sold out of the 72 books on hand. Guests mingled and asked authors John Craft and Lisa Honebrink to sign books from 6:30 to 7 p.m., when Alejandra Santamaria, President and General Manager of Univision Arizona, started the program. She explained that she and Univision staff felt that celebrating a book about the history of Phoenix television stations would be a perfect fit as part of Univision Arizona’s year-long 40th anniversary celebration. After remarks by Craft and Honebrink, they continued to sign books until 9 p.m. All proceeds from that night’s book sales will fund HOBI’s annual scholarships for students at ASU’s Cronkite School.

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John Craft and Lisa Honebrink, authors of Images of American: Phoenix Television were recently interviewed by Pat McMahon on Channel 7. Click here to see the interview.

Check here for future Book signings of "Images of America: Phoenix Television" by Dr. John Craft and Lisa Honebrink

Additonal photos from the Channel 33 book signing

Hugh Downs School of Human Communication Scholarship Award
On Friday, April 28 2019 Board members Maurie and Wendy Helle and Steve and Dorothy Glueck attended the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication Scholarship Awards at the Devil’s Oasis. Although HOBI scholarship recipient Lindsay Lohr could not attend because she was studying abroad, the Hugh Downs personnel had the opportunity to honor the HOBI members for providing an Endowment to the School.
(from left to right) Steve & Dorothy Glueck, Maurie & Wendy Helle

Monthly Meeting at the Phoenix Zoo
On a beautiful Thursday, March 14, 2019, Board members John Craft, Lynda Gallagher, Tony Martin, Lisa Honebrink, Pat Mcmahon, Geri Rosato, Polly Schumacher, Judy Schriener and Mary Morrison had their monthly meeting at the Phoenix Zoo – wanted to visit the Wallace & Ladmo bronze statue, sitting near rest area. A plaque will be placed soon. How wonderful to be sitting on the bench of the statue with living legend Gerald aka Pat McMahon.
Scholarship Celebrate Lunch
On Friday, March 22, 2019 Board members John Craft, Lynda Gallagher, Steve Glueck and Mary Morrison attended the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication annual Scholarship Celebrate Brunch. Our recipient is senior and graduating Hayley Brand from Chattanaga, Tennessee. She prefers to do documentaries and work behind the camera. She already has a job.
Dave Munsey Autograph Session
On Saturday, June 30, 2018 Board Members Judy Schriener and Mary Morrison attended the autograph session at Changing Hands in Phoenix. Author, and former weatherman on Fox for many years, Dave Munsey has written an autobiography “Munsey Business”. There was a capacity crowd.

Mary Jo West Induction
On May 3, 2018 Board Members – John Craft (Lelis), Lynda Gallagher, Maurie Helle, Lisa Honebrink, Mary Morrison, Judy Schriener, Polly Schumacher, and Sophia Wong attended the Induction of Mary Jo West, former news anchor to the Women’s Hall of Fame. This event took place at the Arizona Historical Museum.

"Survivors" Donation
On Saturday, April 28, 2018 HOBI was the proud recipient of $400 from the “Survivors” … a group of persons dedicated to the field of media … establishing their careers with a minimum of 15 years in the advertising area.

On Thursday, March 22, 2018 several Board Members had a private tour by Blanca Esparza of the combined Ch. 3 (AZ Family) and Ch. 5 (CBS) stations. The tour included the stations' up-to-date equipment and heritage photos.

HOBI 2016 12th CELEBRITY TOAST - MAY 21, 2016 Honoring - Beth McDonald, Sean McLaughlin and Bill Miller

House of Broadcasting Museum Meet & Greet Series, 2014
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Saturday, November 9 HOBI hosted a book signing at its Museum location. Signing their respective books were Al McCoy, Jack Clifford, and Bill Thompson. These media legends not only signed books but shared a lot of interesting stories with visitors.

Bill was accompanied by his wife Katie, Richard Ruelas and Mark and Brian Ishikawa.

The next HOBI event will be held Thursday, November 14th, featuring Phoenix FBI agent John Iannarelli.


Meet and Greet, October 10, 2013: Remembering Bill Austin with Beth McDonald and Friends

The House of Broadcasting Radio and Television Museum presented HOBI’s Meet and Greet 2nd series “REMEMBERING BILL AUSTIN” with Beth McDonald and Friends and featuring Marty Manning of KESZ-FM. Bill Austin was one of the funniest and most likable people to have graced our airwaves. It’s been three years since he left us.

A lively crowd of friends and fans attended the event. Beth McDonald told many of Bill antics … specifying that he admired the late Johnny Carson. A friend, since 12 years old in Roswell, N.M., flew in from Napa Valley to say a few words about his childhood friend Bill. A big hit of the evening was Austin, a Belgian Malinois handled by three policemen … Austin (the dog) was bought out of funds Bill Austin’s estate provided.

After the featured speakers a toast was raised in Bill Austin’s honor.





Al McCoy book signing
Voice of the Phoenix Suns, Al McCoy signed his first book “The Real McCoy” at HOBI on October 30th from 1-3PM.

A steady stream of book buyers attended with Al speaking to each person individually as well answering questions in his usual casual “Shazam” manner. His wife Georgia attended the book signing session with Al.

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Jan D'iatri - "Rescued Recipies" book image

On February 11, 2010 Jan D'Atri with her Mother, Livia showed the HOBI guests how to whip up delicious bruschetta and pretzel hors d'oeuvres. She also autographed her lovely cookbooks “Rescued Recipes” Vol. 1" and “Momma & Me & You”. Jan also brought her line of utensils.

You can hear Jan and her mother on "In The Kitchen" every Saturday on KFYI Radio from 3-5PM and on KPNX-TV, Ch. 12 as co-host and Lifestyle contributor on Arizona Midday-Monday through Fridays 1-2PM.






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Jana Bommersbach's “Bones in the Desert” Book Signing Hosted by House of Broadcasting - January 22, 2009
Bones in the desert - BookJana Bommersbach is an acclaimed and respected journalist whose work has encompassed every profession: she’s been a reporter and editor for both weekly and daily newspapers; she’s written two books and is a major contributor to an anthology; she’s written columns and investigative stories for magazines; she’s appeared on television with both political commentaries and investigative stories — and along the way, she’s won countless awards, including an Emmy!

“Bones in the Desert” is the true story of a mother’s murder and a daughter’s search. She was a beautiful, successful woman who ended up murdered and secretly buried in the desert; a “classic case of elder abuse” whose secret life and tragic death holds lessons for us all.  This is the inside story of the living nightmare of Loretta Bowersock, the mother of Arizona’s “domestic diva,” Terri of Terri’s Design & Consign. It is a story you will never forget.

Event Highlights by HOBI Board Member Maurie Helle
It was one of those Thursday evenings in Scottsdale that brings out the fashionable, the artistic, and those who enjoy some of the best that Arizona has to offer.

January 22nd, 2009, a group of fans, communicators, authors and media gathered at the House of Broadcasting Museum on 5th Avenue to attend a book signing by author, journalist and speaker Jana Bommersbach.

As they listened to the writer, who gave up frosty Fargo for the Valley of the Sun, discuss the research of her latest book, they gained a better understanding of the author’s efforts.

Bommersbach is the proficient author of several other books including the acclaimed, “Trunk Murderess, Winnie Ruth Judd.” The tragic death of the mother of domestic diva Terri Bowersock, is the subject of “Bones in The Desert”.

Among those attending was valley television icon and author Bill Thompson, who hosted and master-minded the longest running television show in history; “The Wallace and Ladmo Show.”

The House of Broadcasting Museum is located at 7150 East 5th Avenue in Scottsdale and displays numerous memorabilia from Arizona’s Radio and Television Industries. Admittance is free to the public.


M.C. Helle autographing his first novel, "Dangerous Curves” at House of Broadcasting Museum on March 8, 2007.
It was booked as the signing event of the season for the House of Broadcasting and that is what it turned out to be. Nearly 100 people came to the Museum on March 8th between the hours of 6 and 9 p.m. for the signing of veteran broadcaster, Maurie Helle 's first novel.

"Dangerous Curves" is a murder mystery set in contemporary Arizona, and Helle signed over 50 books throughout the evening.

Attending were many friends including former colleagues: Tom Chauncey II, Bill Miller, Marlene Klotz-Collins, Lenore Grobstein, and Don Jerome. Numerous longtime friends of Maurie and his lovely wife, Wendy, were in attendance: Vic Figarelli, Ron Conner, Debbie Bell, Bijen and Chris Dyrek, Jim and Joan Fraser, Allen Bucknell, Joe and Michele Dearborn, Mark and Martha Heier, Dave and Deb Selzer, Mary and Chuck Artigue and Karen Dewall-Betker. Many of the board members of the House of Broadcasting attended, led, of course, by Mary and John Morrison.

Wine and sandwiches were served with first V.P. Michael Shaldjian acting as bartender and Dave Weiser serving as photographer.

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Author Maurie and Mrs. Wendy Helle relax after completion of book signing among their 100 friends. Mary O’Hanlon-Artigue, President of Barclay Communications and Chuck Artigue, General Manager of Sandusky, at M.C. Helle book signing. John (left) and Mary Morrison with John Craft, Professor at Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

The House of Broadcasting Museum was the set location for a recent news interview of TV veteran Hugh Downs with KPHO Channel 5 Anchor Kent Dana.
The interview aired on the KPHO Channel 5 newscast at 10:00 p.m. Friday, March 2, 2007.

On Thursday, May 18, 2006, the House of Broadcasting Museum saluted KSLX Radio as the station celebrated its 20th anniversary on the air. A special exhibit of station paraphernalia from t-shirts and banners to bumper stickers and posters were on display at the museum at 7150 E. Fifth Avenue (2nd Floor, Santa Fe West). KSLX afternoon talent Steve Trella, morning talent, Mark Mayfield and Valley Focus host/producer Jan Jacobson was on hand along with past station show hosts including Bob Boze Bell and John Giese, to share a piece of anniversary cake. Mike Flatt signed and gave away KSLX 20th anniversary posters. The event was well attended.

Chuck Schaden, host of "Those Were The Days" program from Chicago, broadcasted live from the House of Broadcasting from February 4 through April 29, 2006. The program was heard in the Chicago area but originated in Scottsdale at 7150 East 5th Avenue. The Saturday broadcasts were attended both by visitors and tourists, many from the Chicago area who had listened to Mr. Schaden and looked forward to meeting him in person.

February 2006
A book signing was held on February 2, 2006 at HOBI for former KSLX radio personality Bob Boze Bell. At the event, he signed copies of his new book, "Classic Gunfights, Vol II - Blaze Away!" The book, "Classic Gunfights, Vol II - Blaze Away!" is an in-depth look at the 25 gunfights leading up to the O.K. Corral fight. It is illustrated with 236 Boze Bell images. Boze Bell, who is a former radio morning personality for KSLX, was on hand to autograph copies of the book for attendees. The 128 page book has a cost of $29.95. HOBI is Arizona's premiere television and radio museum, dedicated to educating the public and to preserving and celebrating the history, personalities and paraphernalia of radio and television in Arizona. It is a 501 C-3 organization.


HOBI held a tribute April 28, 2005 for Phoenix legendary broadcaster HG Listiak. It was the one year anniversary of his death. KMLE Country's Stu Evans, a long-time radio partner and friend of HG, served as MC of the event and shared stories about his friend. Tim and Willy from KNIX sang several songs they wrote for HG, and Gary Edens, former owner of KOY, related experiences he had with HG. HG's fiancée Diane presented the museum with his former typewriter, the one on which he penned numerous commentaries. She also contributed several photographs of HG, all of which are now on display at the House of Broadcasting. Approximately 80 people attended, including HG's family, mother and three brothers. Diane Lake, H.G.'s fiance (second on left) with family member H.G. Listiak's mother in forefront Stu Evans in front of Ch. 3 camera Tim & Willy Gary Edens with tribute to H.G. Wendy & Maurie Helle, Julie Richie, HOBI Board Member Susan Baker, Harrah's AK-Chin Casino Resort.

Diane Lake, H.G.'s fiancée (second on left) with family member

H.G. Listiak's mother in forefront

Stu Evans in front of Ch. 3 camera

Tim & Willy

Gary Edens with tribute to H.G.

Wendy & Maurie Helle, Julie Richie, HOBI Board Member

Susan Baker, Harrah's AK-Chin Casino Resort

Thursday, May 12, 2005 was Bon Appetit Art Walk Night in Scottsdale, and HOBI was a participant replete with a water and wine station. What's more, the museum hosted a book signing for Bill Thompson, AKA Wallace of Wallace and Ladmo. The book, "Thanks for Tuning In," is Thompson's biography and was written by Richard Ruellas, author and writer for the Arizona Republic. A special treat and attraction that night was Steve Hoza's exhibit of Wallace & Ladmo memorabilia including photos, t-shirts, show costuming and more. The museum's gallery rooms were filled with visitors throughout the evening.

Fans of "Wallace" scan his book during the May 12th signing event at HOBI!

HOBI's celebration on May 12th included wine tasting, provided by the Scottsdale Cultural Council.

Fans of "Wallace" scan his book during the May 12th siging event at HOBI!

HOBI's celebration on May 12th included wine tasting, provided by the Scottsdale Cultural Council.


HOBI had a booth at the Arizona Broadcasters Association Convention in November 2004 at Phoenix Civic Center. Board member Dave Weiser met and greeted attendees and provided information about the museum.


The House of Broadcasting Museum of Scottsdale, held a book signing reception for Bill Thompson, AKA, Wallace of Wallace and Ladmo, September 30, 2004. The book, "Thanks for Tuning In," is a biography of Wallace, written by Arizona Republic columnist Richard Ruelas. It chronicles Thompson's life and broadcast story and reveals behind the scenes details of his TV show. The book publisher is Dan Harkins of Harkins Theaters. The museum has a major display area dedicated to the Wallace and Ladmo show, the longest running children's television show in the United States. Wallace was on hand to personally autograph copies of the book for attendees. The 198 page book has a cost of $21.95.

Over 100 guests attended HOBI's wine and cheese reception and book signing for Hugh Downs on November 11, 2004 during BlueNight Artwalk and Scottsdale's Culture Fest. Attendees included Bill Thompson (Wallace), Ray Thompson, Robert & Louise McCall, Mark Scarf of the Tribune, Pam Stevenson of KAET, Tiffany Woodfull from KPHO, to name but a few. The event was covered by KNXV (ABC15), KSAZ (Fox10) and KTVK (3TV) and KTAR (David Liebowitz show). It also received mentions in the Arizona Republic, Scottsdale Republic and Scottsdale Tribune. The museum is planning additional signings. Downs' 144-page hard cover book, "Letter to a Great Grandson," is a compilation of correspondence to his two-year-old grandson. It includes family history, Downs' personal experiences and hopes for the boy's future. It is "A Message of Love, Advice, and Hopes for the Future." This is Downs' 11th book. It is published by Simon & Schuster Publishing of New York. Downs was on hand to personally autograph copies of the book for the nearly 100 attendees.

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