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89th Anniversary of the National Barn Dance | March 8, 2013

The Museum of Broadcast Communications (MBC) will celebrate the 89th anniversary of The National Barn Dance radio show in the actual historic WLS studio on March 23 at 3pm. The special event will feature an afternoon of classic country music, historic reflections and documentary clips from The Hayloft Gang: The Story of the National Barn Dance.Filmmaker Stephen Parry will host the anniversary celebration that will benefit The National Radio Hall of Fame, which is housed inside the MBC.  In 1924, The National Barn Dance made its debut over WLS Radio/Chicago. The show was the first to blend folk and country music with rural humor. The legendary Gene Autry, Pat Buttram, George Gobel, Andy Williams and Eddie Peabody were all regular members of the shows cast The National Barn Dance rapidly grew in popularity and was the idea behind Nashvilles Grand Ole Opry.  

Radio on Stage   | June 19, 2013

On the THIRD WEDNESDAY of each month the MBC will celebrate the glory days of radio drama with live productions of classic radio plays.  Produced by Dramageddon, a young arts collective dedicated to fostering all forms of art including theater, dance, sculpture, painting, photography, song and puppetry, the productions are energetic and highly entertaining.  

2013 RHOF Induction Ceremony   | November 9, 2013

The Museum of Broadcast Communications (MBC) celebrated the 2013 induction of new members Steve Dahl and Garry Meier, Blair Garner, John Lanigan, Paul W. Smith, Eddie Piolin Sotelo, Charlie Steiner and the late Powell Crosley, Jr. The sold out night featured host Larry King, announcer Jim Bohannon, and presenters Reba McEntire, Mike Rogers, and Bob Sirott among others.