Mission: The national capital radio & television museum collects, preserves, and interprets artifacts, programming, and publications to educate the public about the development and impact of electronic media.
Programs: Programs the national capital radio & television museum, located in bowie, maryland, has a broad range of programs appealing to the entire community. The museum is open to the public fridays from 10 am to 5 pm and saturday/sunday from 1 pm to 5 pm. It also is open for tours on other weekdays by appointment. Donations are requested. Amateur radio club: the museum recently received fcc approval to operate an amateur radio club at the museum with the call k3rtv. The museum has programs available to school groups and participates in the bsa jamboree on the air each fall. Lectures: the museum, in partnership with the bowie branch, prince georges county memorial library system, offers lectures on the cultural history of broadcasting. Recent topics include the titanic disaster, the associated press, 1940s show vox pop, fibber mcgee and molly, and women in radio. In acknowledgement of the 50th anniversary of the cuban missile crisis, the museum is presenting a panel at the library with speakers from bowie state university (a hbcu) and the national security agency. On-site k-6 education program: the museum has a fee-based program for children in kindergarten through sixth grade and their families and adult caregivers. The program's goals are to provide an introduction to the science and technology of radio and television. Participants in the hour long program will engage in active learning facilitated by inquiry-based teaching, hands-on opportunities, and engagement with cultural artifacts. Screenings: the museum screens classic television programs from the 1950s and 1960s every friday, saturday, and sunday at 2:00 p. M. The schedule is available online at ncrtv. Org. Tours: the ncrtv offers guided tours of the exhibits to the general public during opening hours and to groups by appointment. Docent-led tours address radio and television technology, the chronology of its development and advancement, the cultural history of broadcasting, and the scientific principles behind broadcasting and receiving. The volunteer corps consists of about 15 individuals of varying backgrounds who share a love of broadcast technology and history. Donations are requested for group tours. Tube radio repair classes: this limited space, 3-hour per week, 10-week hands-on program is intended for people who wish to learn how to restore vacuum tube radios to working condition. In addition to theoretical classwork, students learn by doing, with each student provided with a radio to restore. Students learn about radio operation and troubleshooting, including tubes, capacitors, transformers, speakers, soldering techniques, etc. Tube radio repair the museum has a cadre of volunteers who repair tube radios for members: members pay for parts and make a donation to the museum commensurate with the amount of time spent on the repair. The national capital radio & television museum collects, preserves, and interprets artifacts, programming, and publications to educate the public about the development and impact of electronic media. For more information, please contact the museum staff at (301) 390-1020 or info@ncrtv. Org.