TV Technology magazine ran a nice article last week about the latest place to admire tons of old broadcast TV technology. The Texas Museum of Broadcasting and Communications opened in September, but I first noticed it from that article.
Chuck Conrad, a serious collector of old equipment, bought a vacant former automobile dealership building in Kilgore TX to house all of his stuff and show it off to the public. There are about 70 TV cameras in Conrad’s collection, with about 40 on display. There are hundreds of other broadcasting pieces, from microphones to an early radio automation system and everything in between. “Then there are the radios and TVs,” Conrad told TV Technology. “We’ve never really counted them, but there are a lot, with many more in storage, just waiting their turn to go on display.”
The crowning glory and “tipping point” in the collection is a restored 1949 DuMont Telecruiser loaded with equipment from the first TV station in Texas. After spending years restoring that bus-like vehicle, Conrad just had to create a museum for it.
Last year, The Texas Bucket List featured the TMBC before it formally opened. I’m glad to be able to share that with you. Next time I’m in Kilgore, I definitely need to visit!