18, 2002: The Museum of Television & Radio
-- Beverly Hills, CA:
may recall at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art
[go to LACMA
story] the famous painting "Ceci n'est
pas une pipe" [This is not a pipe]. With apologies
to Msr. Magritte, we dedicate our story about The
Museum of Television & Radio to that same sentiment.
Museum of Television & Radio [MT&R] is not
a museum. It's called a museum; it's even marketed
as a tourist destination along side other museums.
had even hooked itself into being part of a CityPass
partnership called, "The Ultimate Hollywood Tour."
A $59.00 ticket gives admission to MT&R, Hollywood
Entertainment Museum, Peterson Automotive Museum,
Autry Museum of Western Heritage, The American Cinematheque
at the Egyptian Theatre, a Star Line Tour of Hollywood,
and Universal Studios Hollywood.
enough. But let me repeat -- MT&R is not a museum.
is a resource center; an information library; an archive
used for historical purposes. Want to check out the
pilot episode of 'Seinfeld'? Interested in reliving
Walter Cronkite's coverage surrounding the JFK assassination?
Remember Ed Sullivan introducing 'The Beatles' to
American television? It's apparently all here. Which,
for a particular audience, or student of the medium,
or fan of a past television series, would be great
if I were a tourist with limited time in the Los Angeles
area, this is not a destination I would
add to my list of 'Things to Do.'
what did you expect, Jim?" I can hear some
saying to themselves.
answer that, I go back 10 years, during a visit to
Chicago, when my older brother Brian and I visited
Museum of Broadcast Communications.
museum did a great job of saluting Chicago's rather
extensive history in radio and television. Along with
a fairly deep archive of old shows which could be
watched on video tapes, it also featured a nice little
walk-through of exhibits.
grew up in the Chicago suburb of Arlington Heights,
and so, it was fun to see various pieces of TV shows
that we watched as kids -- costumes from the original
Bozo show, puppets used on 'Garfield Goose,' pictures
from 'CJ and Dirty Dragon Show,' 'Cuddly Duddly' and
extensive information about the Chicago Cubs' broadcasts
and Jack Brickhouse, were all really enjoyable to
even went to the archive library, and watched a couple
of episodes of 'The Ray Rayner Show' -- another local
kid's program. Sitting there with headphones on, all
we needed was our feet pajamas and a bowl of Sugar
Smacks to munch on, and we would have been set.
intimate, and very well done, the Museum of Broadcast
Communications in Chicago was a neat little surprise.
what I was expecting at the MT&R. Without a doubt,
Los Angeles has an extensive local program base, and
features the birthplace of hundreds and hundreds of
television shows from 'I Love Lucy' and 'The Twilight
Zone' to 'The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson'
and 'Star Trek' - all filmed within 10 miles of this
can't they have a museum dedicated to some of the
local broadcasts. And why not house it in MT&R?
I can't answer that.
the other hand, If you did want to visit, what exactly
is in the Museum of Television & Radio?
on. We'll show you.