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American Museum of Radio and Electricity
Bellingham, WA
The museum shares an electrifying experience to share in Bellingham, WA, linking the scientific exploration of the phenomenon called electricity with the development of radio into its Golden Age. Compelling, interactive exhibits spanning three centuries of scientific achievement and cultural heritage feature a world-class collection of unique objects. The museum also offers educational programs.

Computer History Museum
Mountain View, CA
The mission of the Computer History Museum is to preserve and present for posterity the artifacts and stories of the information age. As such, the Museum plays a unique role in the history of the computing revolution and its worldwide impact on the human experience.
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
Nashville, TN
The new Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is located in the heart of downtown Nashville's entertainment district. Spanning an entire city block and soaring 107 feet above a lush urban park, the new $37 million facility features over 40,000 square feet of exhibit space.
Gray History of Wireless museum
Cincinnati, OH
The founder and namesake of the Gray Museum was G. J. "Jack" Gray, W8JDV of Mason, OH. The museum is recognized as one of the outstanding collections of early wireless gear and memorabilia in the nation.
Hammond Museum of Radio
Guelph, ON
The Hammond Museum of Radio got its start when museum founder Fred Hammond began collecting early radio and wireless artefacts at the age of 16. The first public display of his collection was in a small building at the rear of his College Street home that originally housed his ham station.
John Milton Williams Museum of Radio Broadcasting History
Hinckley, OH
A museum dedicated to the history of radio, the John Milton Williams museum of radio broadcasting history opened in October 2001 and features microphones and radio memorabilia from NBC in New York and many northeastern Ohio radio stations. Museum tours are available by appointment by calling (877) 590-4849.
Library of American Broadcasting
College Park, MD (Hornbake Library, University of Maryland)
Founded in 1972 as the Broadcast Pioneers Library, the Library of American Broadcasting holds a wide-ranging collection of audio and video recordings, books, pamphlets, periodicals, personal collections, oral histories, photographs, scripts and vertical files devoted exclusively to the history of broadcasting.
Library of Congress, Recorded Sound Reference Center
Washington, DC
The Recorded Sound Reference Center provides access to the commercial and archival audio holdings of the Library of Congress. The collection dates from 1926 when Victor Records donated over 400 discs to the Library's Music Division to supplement its print and manuscript holdings. In the custody of the Motion Picture Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division since 1978, the collection has grown to include over 2 million items encompassing audio formats from cylinders to CDs. The holdings complement the field recordings of the American Folklife Center and the moving image collections served in the Motion Picture and Television Reading Room.
The Museum of Broadcast Communications
The MBC opened to the public on June 13, 1987. The extensive public archives collection houses more than 70,000 radio and television programs and commercials. Within the MBC are state-of-the-art studios, spacious screening suites and special galleries.
Museum of Radio and Technology
Huntington, WV
The Museum of Radio and Technology is housed in a converted 10,000+ square feet red brick elementary school building built in the 1920's. The collection includes vintage radios, test equipment, books, magazines and some transmission equipment.
Museum of Television and Radio
New York and Los Angeles
The Museum of Television and Radio was to founded by William S.Paley in 1975 to collect,preserve,and interpret television and radio programming and to make these programs available to the public. In April 2000,the collection was expanded to include Internet programming.
Pavek Museum of Broadcasting
St. Louis Park, MN
The museum houses one of the world's finest collections of antique radio, television, and broadcast equipment. The Pavek has gained international recognition for its continuing efforts in preserving and documenting the history of an industry that has made monumental changes in the fabric of modern life.
Radio-Television Museum
Bowie, MD
Operated by the Radio History Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of radio and television broadcast history, the museum features radio sets from the first half of the 20th Century along with early television receivers and local broadcast memorabilia.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
Cleveland, OH
Made up of thousands of priceless artifacts, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum's permanent collection has become the repository for the most important and rare items of rock's most celebrated artists. The permanent collection spans a century. The facility also has a radio studio, which is available for use by visiting radio stations.
The Vintage Radio and Communications Museum of Connecticut
Windsor, CT
Among the anticipated displays at the museum will be a community FM radio station that serves the Windsor area, an amphitheatre that will double as a community meeting room, a tour of audio communications history from early radio development through recording equipment and telephone, a tour of visual communications history, extensive hands-on displays, a historical recordings archive with listening stations, a regional broadcasters' hall of fame and a communications reference library.
Western Historic Radio Museum
Virginia City, NV
The Western Historic Radio Museum displays antique, classic and vintage radios featuring examples of the earliest wireless spark-gap apparatus up to the "kitsch" radios of the early fifties.


Audio Engineering Society
The professional society devoted exclusively to audio technology. Its membership of leading engineers, scientists and other authorities has increased dramatically throughout the world, greatly boosting the society's stature and that of its members in a truly symbiotic relationship.

Canadian Association of Broadcasters
The Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB) is the collective voice of the majority of Canada's private radio and television stations, networks, and specialty services. The CAB develops industry-wide strategic plans, works to improve the financial health of the industry, and promotes private broadcasting's role as Canada's leading programmer and local service provider.

Collegiate Broadcasters Inc.
CBI is a non profit organization. Its members consist of college electronic media outlets, including all forms of radio, such as LPFM, cable, carrier current, Web, P.A., cable TV audio, and FCC licensed; TV, such as broadcast, cable and Web; and Web-only applications.

Consumer Electronics Association
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) represents more than 1,000 corporate members involved in the design, development, manufacturing and distribution of audio, video, mobile electronics, wireless and landline communications, information technology, multimedia and accessory products, as well as related services that are sold through consumer channels. Combined, CEA's members account for more than $80 billion in annual sales.

IEEE Broadcast Technology Society
This society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers concentrates on devices, equipment, techniques and systems related to broadcast technology, including the production, distribution, transmission, and propagation aspects.

National Association of Broadcasters
The National Association of Broadcasters is a full-service trade association that promotes and protects the interests of radio and television broadcasters. NAB is the broadcaster's voice before Congress, federal agencies and the Courts.

National Association of Tower Erectors
Founded in 1995, the National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) is a non-profit trade association that provides members with uniform safety standards, improved communications, and a unified voice to help shape the future of the tower industry.

Radio-Television News Directors Association
The Radio-Television News Directors Association is the world's largest professional organization devoted exclusively to electronic journalism. RTNDA represents local and network news executives in broadcasting, cable and other electronic media in more than 30 countries.

Society of Broadcast Engineers
The Society of Broadcast Engineers, formed in 1963, is a non-profit organization serving the interests of broadcast engineers. It is the only Society devoted to the advancement of all levels and types of broadcast engineering and is the only organization that solely represents the interests of broadcast engineers with federal agencies, legislatures and other industry organizations.

Society of Professional Audio Recording Services
Definitive mission statement not available on SPARS website

The Traffic Directors Guild of America
The trade association of traffic directors and traffic, office and business managers, the TDGA mission is to foster pride in the unique profession and to promote the contributions to the radio broadcasting industry made by its professionals. The Traffic Directors Guild seeks to enhance the careers of its members through information, cooperative services and education.

World DAB Forum
The World DAB Forum is an international non-governmental organization whose objective is to promote, harmonise and co-ordinate the implementation of Digital Radio services based on the Eureka 147 DAB system.

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