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National Radio Hall of Fame Unveils New Exhibit Honoring Powel Crosley, Jr. | August 17, 2014 By NRHOF The National Radio Hall of Fame (NRHOF) recently opened a featured exhibit celebrating the contributions of WLW-AM/Cincinnati Founder Powel Crosley Jr. on State Street in downtown Chicago.  The exhibit chronicles the life and career of the American innovator who made radio history and is most revered for bringing radio to the masses through the manufacturing of inexpensive radios during radio’s first defining decade.   The 30 ft. by 10 ft. wall timeline features six of Crosley’s radios dating back to the 1930’s and stands to explain the pivotal role Crosley played in our nation’s history as an inventor, broadcaster and businessman.  By the time of his death in 1961, Crosley had invented, introduced, manufactured or produced the following, all of which are celebrated through the National Radio Hall of Fame exhibit: *   WLW Radio/Cincinnati  – “The Nation’s Station” – which fed network programming to NBC and Mutual in the 1930’s, and used an unprecedented experimental 500,000-watt transmitter * The first compact economy car * The first auto radio * Introduction of Soap Operas to radio * Introduction of night baseball (as part-owner of the Cincinnati Reds) * The facsimile machine * The 35mm camera * Four airplanes Many of the exhibit’s fixtures are on loan from the Manatee County Historical Records Library and the Powel Crosley Estate both in Bradenton, Florida, Crosley’s winter home where the multi-million dollar mansion, built in 1929, still remains on the shores of Sarasota Bay and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The exhibit in the NRHOF Gallery, located inside the Museum of Broadcast Communications, also features a brief video biography of Crosley’s remarkable career. The exhibit was made possible thanks to a donation from The Bradenton Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, the tourism marketing arm of Manatee County, Florida.  The CVB operates and maintains the Powel Crosley Estate on behalf of the ownership of Manatee County Government. “Powel Crosley, Jr. made monumental contributions to the United States and to the radio industry.   His innovation and vision helped define radio as an important medium, bringing people together and sharing a culture,” said MBC President Bruce DuMont. “This new exhibit commemorates his hard work and dedication to radio.” Inducted in 2013, Crosley is one of 183 members in the National Radio Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame’s Gallery includes interactive listening kiosks on all inductees as well as historic artifacts like Edgar Bergen’s puppets, Charley McCarthy, Mortimer Snerd and Effie Kilinker, scores of vintage radios, a replica of Fibber McGee’s Closet and the Paul and Angel Harvey Radio Center.