CBS O&O WBBM Chicago has committed $500,000 in cash and public service air time to The Museum of Broadcast Communications for the development of the museum’s new facility in downtown Chicago, scheduled to be completed next year. In recognition of the donation, the theater at the new museum will be named the CBS 2 Chicago […]
CBS O&O WBBM Chicago has committed $500,000 in cash and public service air time to The Museum of Broadcast Communications for the development of the museum’s new facility in downtown Chicago, scheduled to be completed next year.
In recognition of the donation, the theater at the new museum will be named the CBS 2 Chicago Theater. The 40-seat theater will feature a multi-screen presentation, including classic clips and an original overture that will explore how broadcast mediums—first radio, then television—have responded to people’s basic needs to be entertained and informed. The video presentation will set the stage for the visitor’s tour of the exhibit galleries.
Joe Ahern, WBBM president and general manager, said: “We value our relationship with The Museum of Broadcast Communications and this gift is in keeping with our shared mission to be relevant and to provide beneficial resources for the community. The new MBC will become another jewel in Chicago’s crown of world-class museums and provide opportunities for adults and children — opportunities that will commemorate, educate and inspire.”
“CBS 2 Chicago was the site of one of the most important television events in United States history,” said Bruce DuMont, president and CEO of the MBC. “It is where politics and television were joined together forever during America’s first televised presidential debate and it is where an era of high-quality local television news was defined. The MBC is pleased with such a generous partner and appreciates Joe Ahern for his show of confidence in the new MBC,” DuMont added.
The CBS 2 Chicago gift will underscore several other significant links to the television station’s history throughout the new museum. The Lee Phillip and Bill Bell Family Television Studio is named for Lee Phillip, a former WBBM talk show pioneer, and her late husband Bill, the co-creator along with Lee, of the long-running CBS daytime dramas The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful.
A donated CBS camera, used in the first televised presidential debate between Senator John F. Kennedy and Vice President Richard M. Nixon from the studios of WBBM/CBS Chicago in 1960, will be the centerpiece of the Presidential Debates exhibit at the new museum. Station Manager Fran Preston is also happy to report that WBBM will be donating a framed secret service plan designed for the Kennedy-Nixon Debate.