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Heritage Square Book Signing and Presentation

The audience at Heritage Square on Friday, 12/19 who attended and listened to the discussion by Dr. John Craft and Pat McMahon on “Phoenix Television”. The book is a nostalgic read who grew up watching local TV. Craft and McMahon answered many questions regarding the history of Phoenix Television - book signing followed. Included below are pictures from the event featurinng some of the audience.

HOBI Holiday Concert 2019

On Friday, December 6, 2019 The House of Broadcasting sponsored our Sixth Annual Holiday Concert, 'Featuring Mike Chamberlin and Friends'. The concert was held at the Central United Methodist Church in Phoenix. Channel 3's Jan d'Atri and Brad Perry co-hosted the event.

The concert featured a Special Performance by renowned vocalist Alice Tatum. We were also treated to musical performances by Dick Moore, Buddy Owens, David Miller, Al McCoy, Scott Helle, Jan d'Atri, and our headliner, Mike Chamberlin.

Dave Munsey recited 'Bob-Humbug', a Christmas poem. Pat and Duffy McMahon offered a short piece entitled 'Trouble At The Claus' House'. Rita Davenport performed 'Christmas Fun'. We finished the evening with a Silent Night sing-along with all of the night's performers and co-hosts on stage.

It was a very successful night. We had to add extra rows of seats to accommodate everyone. HOBI awards scholarships annually to students at the ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, the ASU Hugh Downs School of Human Communication, and the Eller School of Management at the University of Arizona. The concert was the annual fund raiser for House of Broadcasting to fund those scholarships.

Take a look at some pictures from the evening and make plans to be a next year's seventh Annual Holiday Concert.

Audience members were invited to participate in both a raffle and silent auction for wonderful prizes supplied by donors, including:
  • KTAR News
  • Agnieszka Salon
  • Casalino Chiropractic
  • The Shops on Camelback
  • Pat McMahon and the Wallace & Ladmo Foundation
  • Harkins Theaters
  • Phoenix Suns
  • Al McCoy
  • The Arizona Cardinals
  • Fry's Food Store
  • Leidian Mitchell Salon
  • Lin Sue Cooney
  • Sweet Stops Divine Desserts
  • The Arizona Diamondbacks
  • The Gladly Restaurant
  • House Of Broadcasting
  • KPNX-TV/Channel 12
  • Trader Joe's
  • The Phoenix Zoo
  • KPHO & KTVK Arizona's Family
  • Jim West
  • Hubbard Broadcasting
  • Arizona Highways Magazine

Here are pictures of some of the prizes. Rest your mouse/pointer on the image for a description of the prize.

Raffle and Auction Prizes

'Phoenix Television' presentation at Changing Hands - Tempe

On November 22, 2019, Dr. John Craft and Lisa Honebrink, HOBI board members, and authors of Phoenix Television presented a talk, with audience comments, on the history of Phoenix television. The presentation focused on information included in their recently published book. Copies of the book were available for sale and the authors remained after the presentation to autograph the book and answer questions.
HOBI Board Members Serenaded

Recently Mary Morrison, John Craft, and Lara Gates wwere Serenaded at Univision’s (Ch. 33) 40th Anniversary Celebration at the Phoenix Art Museum.

Marty Robbins Birthday Celebrated At Sunnyslope Historical Museum

In September the Sunnyslope Historical Museum hosted an event to celebrate the birthday of the late country singer Marty Robbins. Musicians Ted Newman and Buffalo Rick from Prescott Performed. Andrew Means, author of "Some Memories Growing up with Marty Robbins" spoke about Robbins and presented his book. The event was organized by Geri Rosato.

Future Book signings of "Images of America: Phoenix Television"
by Dr. John Craft and Lisa Honebrink

Heritage Square Author Presentation for Phoenix Television Book

On December 16, 2019, hear from the authors of Phoenix Television, Dr. John E. Craft and Lisa Honebrink, with an introduction by Phoenix Television icon Pat McMahon, featured in the book for his roles in the Wallace and Ladmo Show A nostalgic read for those who grew up watching local TV, Phoenix Television provides some rare archival photos of crew and behind-the-scenes staff who created our first TV stations and shows, along with the news anchors and stars of the day. More information is available on our Home Page

On Saturday, July 27, 2019, the Phoenix Television book authors Lisa Honebrink and Dr. John Craft, participated at a booksigning at the Barnes & Noble bookstore in the Happy Valley Towne Center, at 2501 West Happy Valley Road.


Since 2003 House of Broadcasting has established an Endowment Scholarship for the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication.
Since 2016 House of Broadcasting has established an Annual Scholarship for the ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
Since 2017 House of Broadcasting has established an Annual Scholarship for the University of Arizona, Eller School of Management.

Here is what former recipients had to say about their scholarships ...

By awarding me with the House of Broadcasting scholarship, I can focus on completing this last semester and summer session strong without financial burden. Thank you again for your support and generosity. I hope that one day I can inspire and uplift students just as you have done for me. - Briaunna Turner

As a result of your generosity, I will be able to finish my senior year with the financial stability needed to achieve my dreams. The contribution of the House of Broadcasting Television and Radio Museum will allow me to focus on being successful throughout my remaining time here at ASU, rather than stressing about financial burdens, and for that I am exceedingly grateful. Once again, many thanks for your generous support. - Haley Brand

Receiving this scholarship is an immense help with relieving financial burden so I can have the freedom to serve our community and focus on making a positive impact on our world. Your scholarship allows me the chance to keep reaching higher and dreaming bigger, knowing that there are always people there to support me. Thank you. - Lindsay Lohr


Arizona Gives Day - 2019

Proud to be a part of Arizona Gives Day since 2016.
AZ Gives Day is a single statewide day of giving that has raised funds for Arizona non-profits since 2013.
On April 2, 2019 House of Broadcasting received $3,005 from private donations.

Arizona Historical Museum
In 2019 House of Broadcasting will be permenently exhibiting several artifacts and mementos in the Arizona Historical Museum, Tempe, Arizona.
It will be a partial exhibit. We look forward to the opening and will notify the public.
In the meantime, we are searching for a permenent home for the rest of the material now in storage.
Visit and Facebook or call 602-944-1997.

HOBI Meet and Greet, November 14, 2013: Mr. John Iannarelli, FBI Assistant Special Agent in charge of the Phoenix Division
Click here to learn more about exciting, upcoming events featuring celebrity book signings, celebrity toasts and more.

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.



House of Broadcasting Free "Meet and Greet" Series
HOBI Meet and Greet with Professor Norm Medoff and Professor John Craft, September 19, 2013
New HOBI Meet and Greet Series beginning September 19, 2013. Learn more.


Several House of Broadcasting board members attended the Hugh Downs School of Human Communications Awards and Recognition Program on April 30, 2013. It was held at the University Club, ASU Tempe Campus.

The House of Broadcasting has endowed a scholarship to the School. The recipient was Angelica Caroline Perez who could not attend the ceremonies because she had a test due.

Hugh and Ruth Downs were in attendance.

In April 2014 House of Broadcasting endowed scholarship to the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication was awarded to Susana R. Valenzuela.  In April 2015 the endowed scholarship winner was Nicole Lemme.

House of Broadcasting has established an Endowed Scholarship to Hugh Downs Communication School since 2000.

Hugh Downs Scholarship

  Hugh Downs Event

Karl Eller will be one of the recipients being inducted in the Arizona Sports Hall of Fame. The 43rd Induction Ceremony and Youth Sports Awards will be held on May 9, 2013 at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.

Michelle LiBrandi, host of Arizona Express, interviews HOBI Board Member Maurie Helle
Check out the interview Michelle LiBrandi, host of Arizona Express, did with our board member Maurie Helle at the House of Broadcasting. Fascinating and insightful! Thanks, Michelle and Maurie!. Watch it Here

Sean McLaughlin, CBS 5 KPHO-TV and Marty Manning personality of KESZ-FM autographed HOBI'S STAR STUDDED CELEBRITY MEDIA COOKBOOK on Saturday, December 1, 11AM-1PM at Bashas 7th St/Missouri, Phoenix.

On Nov. 8, 2012 Maurie and Wendy Helle hosted a table at the Salvation Army's "Red Kettle Kick-Off…Race for Hope" fundraising luncheon. It was held at the impressive new Kroc Salvation Army Community Center. Not only was the luncheon fare excellent, but seeing the keynote speaker, Edsel Ford II, great great grandson of Henry Ford, along with NASCAR speakers and car displays was a huge treat. The "Red Kettle" will be present at all PIR events. 350 people attended the luncheon.

The Museum has been closed due to a water leak. Luckily no memorabilia was lost or damaged. And the good news is we now have new carpeting and new paint – both of which were needed. For group tours for six persons or more or for information call (602) 944-1997.

Hours: Monday-Saturday – 10AM-6PM: Sunday – 10AM-5PM.

HOBI BOARD MEMBER and FOUNDER OF THE FOOD NETWORK, JACK CLIFFORD, was interviewed on the Jan D'Atri Show on KFYI-AM on October 20, 2012

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On Monday, December 10 DOUG BRINKLEY Author of “Cronkite, The New Biography of Walter Cronkite” will be speaking and signing at the First Amendment Forum … at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, 555 N. Central, Phoenix.

The House of Broadcasting, a Television and Radio Museum, is the sponsor of this event.

Please join us at 7PM … no charge to attend.

HOBI Receives Governor's Award
HOBI received the Governor's Award from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Rocky Mountain Chapter Saturday night, October 6th. We are honored to have been selected for this prestigious acknowledgement for our efforts.

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Pat McMahon Pat McMahon signed autographs in the Star-Studded Celebrity Media Cookbook which will be on sale for $20.00 at the Scottsdale Street Fair Event at the Pavilions at Talking Stick on Sunday, October 7 - 11:30-12:30PM.

Pat has a talk show on AZ-TV - Channel 7 and Cable 13 and is a 2012 House of Broadcasting Celebrity Toast Honoree. He also participated with a recipe in the Cookbook and is one of the celebrities on the cover.

Joining Pat was Linda Cobb, the "Queen of Clean" ... she'll be autographing HOBI's STAR-STUDDED CELEBRITY MEDIA COOKBOOK. Linda also has a recipe in the HOBI Cookbook.


On Saturday, September 22, 2012 Marty Manning KEZ and Dave Munsey, Fox 10 autographed the HOBI Star-Studded Celebrity Media Cookbook at the ASU Cronkite School. The event was the Family Weekend Breakfast at which parents and students attended ... most wearing ASU gold T-shirts. You can imagine how thrilled the crowd was not only to secure the Cookbook but chat with the media celebrities who gave up their Saturday morning to help out HOBI.

Photos courtesy of Wendy Manning, wife of Marty. She was an integral part of keeping everything running smoothly. Plus for dinner (straight out of the Cookbook) the Manning's cooked Willy's Brown Sugar Pork Chops for dinner and commenting "Willy's pork chops were good".


Jude LaCava, Fox 10, represented House of Broadcasting and prepared a meal, Tuesday, August 21 at 9:45AM in the morning. He talked about the HOBI Celebrity Cookbook.
See the video here:

As a people-to-people cultural exchange I visited the Republic of Cuba in July. I attended a unique event by the Orquesta de Camara Concierto Sur Chamber Octet led by a woman with five male musical professors and two female at the University of Havana. Awesome!

This eight-some is appearing in September with the Northwest Symphony in Seattle. Then we are fortunate for this Latin American Chamber ensemble to perform at the Tempe Center for the Arts on October 15th at 7:30PM.

For more information, call 480-350-2822.


Jerry Colangelo Honors Lin Sue Cooney, Pat McMahon and Bill Shover
Jerry Colangelo purchased at the HOBI 10th Celebrity Toast a 14 x 48 bulletin donated by CBS Outdoor. It's located at North Central/Camelback, West side going North. He bought it for the sole purpose of honoring Lin Sue Cooney, Pat McMahon, Bill Shover. The board will be up until July 22, 2012.

Jerry Colangelo congradulates hobi - Lin Sue Cooney, Bill Shover, Pat McMahon


HOBI Centennial Cookbook Ready after Six Months

Celebrity Media Cookbook Cover  

The HOBI “Star-Studded Celebrity Media Cookbook” (affectionately referred to as “That Darn Cookbook”) compiled by 501c3 House of Broadcasting Radio & Television Museum is now available to purchase. It’s our HOBI fundraiser.

This 130-page book has over 100 taste tantalizing recipes from radio and television personalities in Phoenix and Tucson. This one-of-a-kind cookbook has been in the making for six months.

What a terrific gift for you, your parents, siblings, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Christmas, birthdays, etc. We have printed a limited amount, so if you are interested in owning this “limited” edition it is available at:.

Impact Printing
5821 N. 7th Street Phoenix, AZ
Monday thru Friday – 9AM-5PM

House of Broadcasting
7150 E. 5th Avenue
Scottsdale, AZ
Tuesday thru Saturday – 10AM-5PM

COST IS $22.00 including tax. Cash or check please made out to House of Broadcasting. No credit cards accepted, except at the Survivors dinner and the 10th Celebrity Toast.

Contact Polly Schumacher at or 480-893-1324 or Mary Morrison – 602-944-1997.

If you do go to HOBI in Scottsdale, please visit the 2nd floor where the Museum is housed. It’s FREE and you should see what the House of Broadcasting means to Arizona.



Legendary Bill Heywood, a top morning talent with a smooth, iconic voice on stations KOY-AM and KTAR-AM/FM and a few others committed suicide with his wife Susan on January 4, 2012 in Scottsdale. Click for more. 


KDKB-FM Celebrates their 40th Anniversary on August 23, 2011

Congratulations to 93.3 KDKB-FM for their 40th Anniversary on August 23, 2011. KDKB is the sixth oldest rock station in the country and in 40 years has been true to their rock format. Visit the August 11th article placed in the HOBI Museum.

City of Scottsdale Produces Documentary on House of Broadcasting.
On April 28th, Tim Delaney and Al Kane, Video Production Specialists, at City Cable 11 in Scottsdale, did a short background video of House of Broadcasting.

The purpose was to show successful businesses in Scottsdale. While there a family of 4 from Chicago visited the Museum and asked many questions. They are included in the video. HOBI has been sighted on several television stations in the Valley. Click here to view the HOBI Story.


disney moviola
In March 2011 an original Walt Disney Movieola was donated to House of Broadcasting by Pat Murray of Union Digital Media. This piece of equipment was used by Disney for cell animation editing.


On April 28, 2011, several House of Broadcasting members attended the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication Student Scholarship reception at House of Tricks in Tempe.

HOBI's recipient was Kaylene Campbell (right)
who is a Junior at the school.


Also attending, to the delight of students and teachers - Hugh and Ruth Downs.

Kool TV TV Camera Antique
Homer Lane was General Manager of both radio and television for KOOL-TV and Radio. He began as an Account Executive for KOOL Radio and became a major stockholder along with Tom Chauncey and Gene Autry. Homer was a major influence in Arizona as he wrote and delivered station editorials during newscasts. Homer and Dorothy Lane had promised for years that Homer’s KOOL television camera would be donated to House of Broadcasting … true to their word the camera sits in the middle of the production room. Awesome!


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Janice Todd, General Manager of KNXV-TV, ABC 15 is retiring December 31, 2010 after 25 years with Scripps-Howard. The station gave Janice a lovely farewell luncheon on Wednesday, Dec. 8 at their studios on a lovely 80 degree day. Janice has been a very beloved figure to her staff; as well a driving force for the Cronkite Journalism School ... most recently securing Diane Sawyer for the 27th Cronkite Award held on November 12, 2010. Janice Todd rose through the sales ranks to become General Manager of KNXV-TV, Phoenix.

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On November 12, 2010 HOBI Board Members attended the 27th Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism Luncheon featuring Diane Sawyer, ABC-TV News Anchor. The event was held at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel

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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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Halloween at KEZ

Photo caption: KEZ staff along with Tony Evans, the Production Director and Beth and Bill.  The KEZ sales staff dresses up every year for Halloween and delivers tricks and treats to their clients.

A nice note written by Don Stedfield, 2010 President of the Scottsdale Sunrise Rotary Club regarding board member Julie Richie talk to the 25 breakfast participants on August 27, 2009.

"On behalf of the Scottsdale Sunrise Rotary Club, I would like to thank you for your recent talk to our Club on the House of Broadcasting.  Your talk was quite interesting, and I got a lot of great feedback."

Way to go, Julie

Maurie Helle receives NATAS Gold Circle Award from ASU Cronkite School's John Craft.
Maurie Helle receives NATAS Gold Circle Award from ASU Cronkite School's John Craft.

On April 19, 2009 HOBI Board Member, Maurie Helle, was inducted in the Golden Circle by the Southwest Chapter of the Television Academy.

Maurie was hired in 1962 as a cameraman at KOOL-TV (Ch. 10).  He and Bill Miller produced TV programs and won every local Emmy in which they entered.  Helle was promoted to full-time director and eventually production manager.
He now has his own company – Helle International.  He is also an author and has completed his first novel – “DANGEROUS CURVES”.
The event was held at the new Sheraton in downtown Phoenix.  Legends Pat McMahon and Bill Thompson were also celebrated.

Gold Circle winners Maurie Helle, Bill Thompson and Pat McMahon
Gold Circle winners Maurie Helle, Bill Thompson and Pat McMahon



HUGH DOWNS SCHOOL AT ASU SCHOLARSHIPS On April 29, 2009 Maurie Helle and John and Mary Morrison attended a scholarship reception at Hugh Downs School of Human Communications at ASU.  In 2000 HOBI donated a portion of their Celebrity Banquet proceeds to be used for scholarships.  Meeting so many wonderful students going for their PhD, doctorates, Masters – the School did not have an easy choice.  House of Broadcasting is proud to be part of this event at Stauffer Hall.

The staff at the School, led by Sue Wurster, were most gracious to the HOBI members, who would like to be invited back.


The Marguerite and Jack Clifford Gallery was dedicated on November 19, 2008 at the new Cronkite School building located at 555 N. Central in Phoenix.  This 1,500 square-foot, glass-enclosed gallery represents the history of the news media and the Cronkite School.

John Craft, Cronkite professor, chose many HOBI items for display.  If you visit the Museum you’ll see a dozen artifacts from our own House of Broadcasting.

Opening was attended by many friends and media, and among the select group (left to right): Jack Clifford, Benefactor; Polly Schumacher, HOBI Board Member; Pat Whitt, HOBI Curator.

The gallery is located on the second floor, next to the First Amendment Forum.


Jacobson Receives Journalism Achievement Award
Jan Jacobson, past Vice President and PR head for the House of Broadcasting Museum will be received a Journalism Career Achievement Award at the October 4th Inaugural Phoenix Music Awards. 
Jan served on the HOBI board for six years.  She is also past president of the NATAS Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter and a National Trustee.   She is still the chapter's Silver and Gold Circle Chair and sits on the Academy's Public Relations Committee.  She is also a recipient of the Academy's Governor's Emmy Award. Last year she received Journalist of the Year Award at the Hollywood Fame Awards in California.
She is president of JB Communications, a public relations and marketing agency. Jan is public service director for Sandusky Radio's five Phoenix radio stations and the host and producer of the weekly, Valley Focus public affairs radio show. She is also a frequent contributor to the Arizona Republic, Arizona Business Gazette, Foothills Focus,  North Central News and many other local and national publications and is the author of two books and the editor of several others. Jan is a graduate of Michigan State University.

One of our original and esteemed board members Jack Nietzel, Marketing Director at Phoenix Seminary, received a Telly Award for the 2008 "Footsteps of Faith" presentation.  A Bronze Award in the category of Religion/Non-Broadcast Production.

The Telly Award is the premier award honoring outstanding local, regional and cable TV commercials and programs.  Winners represent the best work of the most respected ad agencies, television and production companies.  Over 13,000 entries were viewed and Jack was one of the few who received the Telly Statuette.  What an honor, Jack.  Way to go-you’ve always been a winner!

In 1967 Buck Owens bought a little rock and roll station – KYND-AM.  Owens paid $350,000 and had the call letters changed to KTUF and format to Country.  In 1968 he bought an FM station for $75,000 and renamed it KNIX (the “NIX”) for Phoenix and made it Country too.

KNIX promoted a lot of country artists on their way up.  Group Alabama had concerts at Mr. Lucky’s nightclub in Glendale.  Other performers such as Ronnie Milsap, Bellamy Bros., Eddie Raven used to drop by the station to chat.  Sales offices were an old converted steakhouse and the studio was a shack several miles away.

Some years later KNIX moved to a building in Tempe and expanded several times to 14,000 square feet.  They began advertising on billboards, then television commercials with endorsements of major country music stars.

On the 25th anniversary in 1993, Mike Owens who was the General Manager of KNIX picked up for KNIX two National Association of Broadcaster’s Marconi Awards!

Two major morning personalities – W. Steven Martin, then Tim Hattrick and Willy D. Loon played a large part in building up KNIX.

In 1993 Clear Channel Communications purchased KNIX and several other stations.  In 2002 Susan Karis-Madigan was named Market Manager for Clear Channel Radio and in 2006 Susan was promoted to Executive Vice President of Operations for the Western Division.

This month in 2008 we are celebrating KNIX-FM Radio for its star quality for 40 years.  Who Knew!

If you want to see a Buck Owens original red costume (only costume outside the Owens Theatre in Bakersfield) and KNIX historic photos, visit House of Broadcasting Radio & Television Museum at 7150 E. 5th Avenue in Scottsdale.

House of Broadcasting a 501c3 Radio and Television Museum, is saddened to learn of the helicopter crash which took the lives of four distinguished television journalists on Friday, July 27, 2007.

They are: Scott Bowerbank, Ch. 3, Helicopter Pilot
Jim Cox, Ch. 3, Photographer
Rick Krolak, Ch. 15 Photographer
Craig Smith, Ch. 15, Helicopter Pilot

Our hearts go out to the pilots and photographers, their families, their colleagues. Let's reflect on the importance of their work and their passion to serve our community and neighbors with information.

Their contribution to the industry and community will live on through the tributes of the Museum.

The House of Broadcasting Museum is supplying four "Remembrance" Books in honor of the distinguished pilots and reporters who gave their lives in service to our community and the broadcast industry.

Scott Bowerbank, Channel 3
Jim Cox, Channel 3
Rick Krolak, Channel 15
Craig Smith, Channel 15

You will also note the beautiful letter written by Art Brooks, President and CEO of the Arizona Broadcasters Association, giving tribute to the television helicopter pilots and photojournalists. The tragic events of July 27th that cut short the lives of these four men of television did not diminish their impact and contributions to the industry they loved.

Visitors may attend the museum free of charge between 11AM and 5PM Monday-Saturday to express their thoughts in the books that will be given to the families of those whose devotion, courage and dedication will long serve as honorable and lofty goals for all in the broadcast community.

The House of Broadcasting Museum, celebrating its 10th Anniversary, is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and education in celebrating the history of radio and television in Arizona.

Many visitors and groups tour the Museum each month viewing numerous treasures in the Museum’s gallery rooms.  The memorabilia represents celebrities and professionals as well as considerable equipment of 20th century broadcasting in our state.

One of only four museums in the country dedicated to the broadcasting industry, it is located on the second floor of Santa Fe West at 7150 East Fifth Avenue in Scottsdale, Arizona.  For further information call (602) 944-1997.

Jan Jacobson, HOBI vice president, recently received a plaque and special tribute at the Emmy Awards by the Rocky Mountain Southwest Television Chapter on October 7 at the Valley Ho in Scottsdale. After 22 years as president, trustee, program director, newsletter director she has resigned from RMS Television Chapter to spend more time with her family before her son Mark goes off to college. She will continue to chair the annual event she started, the Silver and Gold Circle Society, which inducts legends of 25 and 50 year service in television and community. Jan is host of Valley Focus (Sandusky) and handles some advertising PR accounts. She has been an important member of House of Broadcasting for the past four years.

Phil Walsh, Channel 10 News Cameraman and News Director for over 30 years, personally donated an HL 77 Sony 32 Color 1977 Eng Camera with a 10-1 zoom lens and perott battery. Also a 1980 Gitzo Tripod and a Miller pan head. This camera was used when Channel 10 was KOOL-TV-CBS, changing to KTSP, currently KSAZ-TV Fox.

Bob Ellis, former General Manager of KAET-TV Channel 8 and a TV academy 25-year recipient, recently did some serious house cleaning, and while tossing things out with his wife Fran, he found a couple of treasures and donated them to the House of Broadcasting. One of the items is a KTAR-TV Channel 12 election program guide (before call letters were changed to KVAR). In the guide are election photos and an article written by David Brinkley titled “The Way It’s Been.” It also contained election photos and an article by Chet Huntley titled “The Way It Was.” The guide was published in 1964. Phelps Dodge Corporation sponsored nine books by Governor Jack Williams titled “From the Ground Up…Stories of Arizona’s Mines and Early Mineral Discovery”, 32 pages of Arizona History. Both will be available for viewing and turning pages 7 days a week from 10 am to 5 pm at no charge.

An Arizona Film Company, Randy Murray Productions, located in downtown Phoenix is making a documentary for BBC on Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer, who was called the "Father of the Atomic Bomb" . He was best known as the scientific director of the Manhattan Project. House of Broadcasting is lending period cameras and microphones to the film which is taking place in Flagstaff and Phoenix Courthouses. No final film date is available. The text below goes with the photo of the TV you took today.

An LV-1901D Sony Trinitron TV and VTR was recently donated to the HOBI museum. The set was donated by a 90+ year old gentleman named Thomas W. Stevens who lives in Phoenix. Mr. Stevens bought this lovely and useful television in 1977. It looks brand new and obviously was one of the better sets sold in the 70's. It's located in one of the television rooms to the left of the museum staircase.

Cherie Cooney, wife, along with Pep's family, has donated several items to House of Broadcasting. Among them are six award-winning Emmys from Rocky Mountain Chapter as well as six prominent Kachinas and many honored plaques and photos. Pep Cooney retired as President and General Manager five years ago from KPNX-TV, Channel 12. His recent unexpected death has been extremely difficult on family and community. Pep was a generous and very well liked individual. His legacy lives on with the giving of scholarships for worthy students of the Walter Cronkite Journalism and Mass Communications School at Arizona State University. Please visit the Museum to see this must-see exhibition of a Media and Community legend - C.E. "Pep" Cooney.

In March of this year, Ira Lavin, a huge force in Arizona, known not only for his broadcasting successes but for his many philanthropic and fund-raising services, died at age 82. Lavin, a former partner in KXIV Radio, along with Dick Van Dyke, also brought cable TV broadcasting to the Valley in the late 1970's. HOBI is honored to house all of Ira's treasures given to him by the Salvation Army, the Boys Club, Hearst Association, Hon Kachina Award and so much else. He had so many friends and did so much for each one. Always listening and giving quality advice and quickly picked up the phone on their behalf.

HOBI was recently featured on an hour long talk show on KSLX and several other local radio stations with broadcast legends Mary Jo West, Ray Thompson and Wallace, and HOBI PR Director Jan Jacobson!

On March 24, 2004, Dan Harkins, President of Harkins Theaters, presented the House of Broadcasting Museum with a special gift, an FM multiplex, in memory of his late father, Dwight "Red" Harkins. Red Harkin's formula and original technology of this over 50-year-old device and his other invention, the automatic voice control (AVC) are still being used today in electronic equipment. Red Harkins owned Harkins Broadcasting in the early 50s. He was the first general manager and a founder and an owner of KPNX-TV, and owner of the first FM radio station in Mesa/Phoenix, KTYL, and first AM radio station. He was an inventor, who in approximately 1954 or 1955, invented the FM Multiplex, a stereophonic sound multi-channel radio in his home laboratory on 5th Street off the Tempe Mesa Highway in Tempe.

Frank Pollack's widow, Claire, has donated at least 30, 8x10 signed photos and letters from Frankie Laine, Patti Page, Nat King Cole, Louis Armstrong, Martha Raye, Woody Herman, Jennifer Jones, Debbie Reynolds, Mel Torme and more! Pollack was known for his on-air Big Band show on KXIV Radio. He was the best, and we have a tape to prove that. His era was 60's, 70's and 80's. We even have him at a KOOL microphone. As seen in the Arizona Republic May 17, 2003

Dolores Tropiano The Arizona Republic May 17, 2003 SCOTTSDALE - Walter Cronkite's pipe collection and memorabilia from Channel 5's long running Wallace & Ladmo show will have a bit more breathing space thanks to a substantial contribution to the House of Broadcast in Scottsdale. Jack Clifford, one of the first faces on Phoenix TV, has donated $100,000 to the museum. The donation will help to more than double the size of the museum. "My hope is to make it a museum of real significance," said Clifford, who was hired by Channel 3 in the 1950's as the first sports anchor in the Valley. He later worked in sales and management at Channel 12, became president and CEO of a division of the Providence Journal Co. and helped create the "Food Network." The House of Broadcast holds 2,000 pieces of radio and TV history in a 1,950-square-foot facility on the second floor of Anthony's Gifts, 7150 E. 5th Ave. The museum educates visitors about the evolution of TV and radio in the Valley. An expanded facility would allow space for hundreds of display pieces that are in storage. Mary Morrison, president of the museum, said the contribution marks the beginning of a building fund. "Our goal is to establish a 5,000-square-foot permanent home for our radio and television memorabilia museum," she said. The House of Broadcasting was established seven years ago, as a display window in the former Chris-Town mall, and later moved to Scottsdale.

WANTED - HOBI is looking for a station to partner with us and donate a van to be used by the museum to take exhibits to schools and students. It's a great way to educate and entertain the kids! Broadcasting can impact their future. These floating presentations will become a valuable resource. Your station's logo would be printed on a side of the van. Donations are tax deductible as HOBI is a 501C-3 non-profit organization. Please contact Julie Richie (602) 207-3383. HOBI Salutes KSLX's
20th Anniversary.


The House of Broadcasting was proud to be a part of the Inaugural Exhibition of the Museum of progress in association with the Smithsonian Institution, which was held at the Galleria in Scottsdale, October 14 - November 16, 1997.  Some of the items on exhibit were from KSAZ-TV, KNXV-TV, Cox Communications as well as from the Wallace and Ladmo and Lew King Ranger shows, both of which are in the ABA Hall of Fame.  Buck Owens' costume worn at Carnegie Hall plus radio stations KOY, KTAR, KNIX and many other historical memorabilia were included in the display.

The museum is available for group tours by special arrangement. Educational opportunities are encouraged.

Headline: 2011 Museum Tours
May 2011 - Maurie Helle and Carol Kannes toured 30 persons from Red Mountain Christian Church in Mesa June 2011 - Jo Marie McDonald and Bill McPherson from Phoenix Community toured HOBI Museum with Mary Morrison July 2011 - Maurie Helle and Carol Kannes toured Sunrise Pre-School children along with supervisory adult.

Historical society auxiliary hosted by
Carol Kannes and Maurie Helle - January 2011

HOBI Tour 2011

HOBI Tours 2011

HOBI 2011 Tours

On August 4, 2010 Historian and member of HOBI - Julian Reveles toured 25 members of the Peoria Community Center. The seniors asked many questions and were particularly knowledgeable of Arizona's history. Much picture taking.

On August 23, 2010 author, producer and HOBI board member Maurie Helle toured 35 guests from Sunland Village Travel Club in Mesa. Jodi from the travel group set it up. The members came in a bus and had such a great time with Arizona history in broadcasting and hoped to return soon to Scottsdale Museum.

BETA SIGMA PHI TOUR - February 2009
Women of Beta Sigma Phi, an international group, toured the House of Broadcasting Museum in February.  Miss Donna Finch brought the tour to HOBI.


On Saturday, April 4, Julian Reveles, historian and Mary Morrison, HOBI Board hosted members of the Arizona Antique Radio Club.  It is the largest club in Arizona dedicated to the collection and preservation of consumer broadcast radios.  There are over 100 members from all over the Southwest.

Members in photo come from Sun City, Mesa, Phoenix, Queen Creek.  
In the background legendary Buck Owens costume in the Radio Room.ARIZONA ANTIQUE RADIO CLUB Tour

HOBI visitors on tour with Board Member Dave Weiser
Visitor Judd Herberger and friend Ellen Ausin
July 12

On July 12, 2008 board member Dave Weiser toured a group from the City of Phoenix, Parks & Recreation.  Guides were Mary Ann Rodriquez and John Fitz.  The young men were fascinated by the history of the broadcast past in Arizona.  What a great group.
May 1 AFTRA (American Federation Television and Radio Association) held an evening meeting with members.
May 6 Sonoran Sky Group
Walter Cronkite Endowment Board held their quarterly early morning meeting with board members.

2007 TOURS

On Thursday, November 1, 2007 Dame Rowntree toured the Museum.� She appeared to be 25-30 years of age and 5'3" with auburn hair.� She had an entourage of 5 persons ... plus 5 security guards.� Dave Weiser toured the "Dame" who signed our guest book.� Dave informs us that the word "Dame" goes back to the 18th Century and is designated by the Royal Family as is the title of "Sir".

Buckeye Senior Home & Creative Connection
June 10, 2007, Dave Weiser toured residents of the Buckeye Senior Home, and on June 16th, he gave a tour to members of Creative Connection.


On April 10, 2007, Dave Weiser toured nine young members of “Extreme Prophetic Church” in Maricopa. One of the members was especially delighted to see Red Harkins multiplex invention which was donated by his son Dan Harkins. The visitor literally gave the history of the multiplex. It’s thrilling when viewers see a part of history they are familiar with.

Dave Weiser toured Kathie and Alice from Resurrection Church in Tempe on April 18, 2007. The ladies had been told of House of Broadcasting from one of their members and decided to visit HOBI – then off to lunch.

House of Broadcasting had a recent guest on March 16, 2007, guarded by Secret Service. Prince Le Mieux from Tovalu toured the museum. He was hosted by HOBI board member Dave Weiser, who said the prince was very cordial, spoke excellent English, is 6'2" and in his late 20s, was casually dressed and flanked by five security personnel. Tovalu is a 26-square-mile country with mainly coral reefs and is located midway between Hawaii and Australia. It's very understandable that Prince Le Mieux is very concerned about global warming.

In keeping with our royal visits, a princess toured the museum in 2006.

2006 Group Tours Hosted by HOBI Board Member
Dave Weiser
April 13 Red Hats (Radiant Reds)
June 20 Sonoran Sky Group
July 10 Sonoran Sky Group
July 11 Sonoran Sky Group
July 12 Sonoran Sky Group
October 13 Ellen Purdy Women's Get-together.
October 14 Single Women’s Organization “Peach Pits”
October 25 Widows of Arizona

2006 Guided Tour Hosted by HOBI Board Memeber
Steve Glueck
May 12 A “Princess from Unknown Foreign Country”
cleared and protected by FBI.

2005 Group Tours Hosted by HOBI Board Member
Dave Weiser
Feb. 17
Cross in the Desert Church - "Forever Young"
April 1 ARC/Chandler/Gilbert
April 13 Red Hats
May 6 Wolf Pack 280 Gilbert/Chandler
June 12 Wolf Pack
Aug. 25 Alpha Group
Sept. 23 Desert Botanical Docents
Oct. 21 Nantucket Historical Museum

Jim Sharpe, morning personality on KTAR radio, giving a tour at House of Broadcasting April 2, 2002
Red Hatters tour
Docents for Arizona Botanical Gardens, September 2005
Cub scouts tour House of Broadcasting
Cub scouts tour House of Broadcasting

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