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PHOENIX TELEVISION book launch, and you're invited!

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John Craft and Lisa Honebrink, authors of Images of American: Phoenix Television were recently interviewed by Pat McMahon on Channel 7. Click here to see the interview.

Future Book signings of "Images of America: Phoenix Television" by Dr. John Craft and Lisa Honebrink

Arcadia Tavern - 4801 East Indian School Road, Phoenix, on Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 12:00 p.m.

Changing Hands Book Store - 300 West Camelback Road, Phoenix, on Friday May 17th, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

Sunnyslope Historical Society - 737 East Hatcher Road, Sunnyslope on Saturday. May 25th, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon.

on Friday December 6th, 2019 - 7:00 p.m. At the CENTRAL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH,

With the resounding success of last year's holiday season event, House of Broadcasting (HOBI) is once again hosting a mini-concert with Mike Chamberlin and Friends.

"This marvelous evening is the ideal way to become immersed in the holiday spirit! Music, laughter and rekindled friendships are all part of this magical event," said Win Holden, Retired Publisher of Arizona Highways Magazine.

We'd appreciate your support and your attendance to this concert.

Happy Holidays,
Mary Morrison

Monthly Meeting at the Phoenix Zoo
On a beautiful Thursday, March 14, 2019, Board members John Craft, Lynda Gallagher, Tony Martin, Lisa Honebrink, Pat Mcmahon, Geri Rosato, Polly Schumacher, Judy Schriener and Mary Morrison had their monthly meeting at the Phoenix Zoo – wanted to visit the Wallace & Ladmo bronze statue, sitting near rest area. A plaque will be placed soon. How wonderful to be sitting on the bench of the statue with living legend Gerald aka Pat McMahon.
Scholarship Celebrate Lunch
On Friday, March 22, 2019 Board members John Craft, Lynda Gallagher, Steve Glueck and Mary Morrison attended the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication annual Scholarship Celebrate Brunch. Our recipient is senior and graduating Hayley Brand from Chattanaga, Tennessee. She prefers to do documentaries and work behind the camera. She already has a job.
Dave Munsey Autograph Session
On Saturday, June 30, 2018 Board Members Judy Schriener and Mary Morrison attended the autograph session at Changing Hands in Phoenix. Author, and former weatherman on Fox for many years, Dave Munsey has written an autobiography “Munsey Business”. There was a capacity crowd.

Win Holden's Retirement
On Friday, June 22, 2018, the Board President attended the retirement party of longtime Cronkite Board member and Advertising Legend Win Holden. Win was Publisher of Arizona Highways and a community leader. The event was held at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications in Phoenix.
Mary Jo West Induction
On May 3, 2018 Board Members – John Craft (Lelis), Lynda Gallagher, Maurie Helle, Lisa Honebrink, Mary Morrison, Judy Schriener, Polly Schumacher, and Sophia Wong attended the Induction of Mary Jo West, former news anchor to the Women’s Hall of Fame. This event took place at the Arizona Historical Museum.

"Survivors" Donation
On Saturday, April 28, 2018 HOBI was the proud recipient of $400 from the “Survivors” … a group of persons dedicated to the field of media … establishing their careers with a minimum of 15 years in the advertising area.

Hugh Downs Scholarship Award
On Friday, April 27, 2018 HOBI Board Members – Dr. John and Lelis Craft, Steve and Dorothy Glueck, and Maurie and Wendy Helle attended the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication Scholarship Awards at the University Club in Tempe, AZ.
Walter Cronkite Award Program
On Friday, April 6, 2018, HOBI Board Members – Maurie Helle, Lynda Gallagher, Judy Schriener, Steve Glueck, and Mary Morrison attended the Walter Cronkite School Awards program at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

On Thursday, March 22, 2018 several Board Members had a private tour by Blanca Esparza of the combined Ch. 3 (AZ Family) and Ch. 5 (CBS) stations. The tour included the stations' up-to-date equipment and heritage photos.
House of Broadcasting Museum Meet & Greet Series, 2014
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On April 28, 2014 members of the HOBI BOARD OF DIRECTORS attended the Awards Reception at the University Club in Tempe on behalf of the Hugh Downs School of Communications.

The recipient of the House of Broadcasting Endowed Scholarship was SUSANA R. VALENZUELA who aspires to be an Ambassador for the United States, France or another country.
HOBI Meet and Greet, November 14, 2013: Mr. John Iannarelli, FBI Assistant Special Agent in charge of the Phoenix Division
Click here to learn more about exciting, upcoming events featuring celebrity book signings, celebrity toasts and more.

Saturday, November 9 HOBI hosted a book signing at its Museum location. Signing their respective books were Al McCoy, Jack Clifford, and Bill Thompson. These media legends not only signed books but shared a lot of interesting stories with visitors.

Bill was accompanied by his wife Katie, Richard Ruelas and Mark and Brian Ishikawa.

The next HOBI event will be held Thursday, November 14th, featuring Phoenix FBI agent John Iannarelli.


Meet and Greet, October 10, 2013: Remembering Bill Austin with Beth McDonald and Friends

The House of Broadcasting Radio and Television Museum presented HOBI’s Meet and Greet 2nd series “REMEMBERING BILL AUSTIN” with Beth McDonald and Friends and featuring Marty Manning of KESZ-FM. Bill Austin was one of the funniest and most likable people to have graced our airwaves. It’s been three years since he left us.

A lively crowd of friends and fans attended the event. Beth McDonald told many of Bill antics … specifying that he admired the late Johnny Carson. A friend, since 12 years old in Roswell, N.M., flew in from Napa Valley to say a few words about his childhood friend Bill. A big hit of the evening was Austin, a Belgian Malinois handled by three policemen … Austin (the dog) was bought out of funds Bill Austin’s estate provided.

After the featured speakers a toast was raised in Bill Austin’s honor.




House of Broadcasting Free "Meet and Greet" Series
HOBI “Meet and Greet” with Professor Norm Medoff and Professor John Craft, September 19, 2013

Al McCoy book signing
Voice of the Phoenix Suns, Al McCoy signed his first book “The Real McCoy” at HOBI on October 30th from 1-3PM.

A steady stream of book buyers attended with Al speaking to each person individually as well answering questions in his usual casual “Shazam” manner. His wife Georgia attended the book signing session with Al.

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Jan D'iatri - "Rescued Recipies" book image

On February 11, 2010 Jan D'Atri with her Mother, Livia showed the HOBI guests how to whip up delicious bruschetta and pretzel hors d'oeuvres. She also autographed her lovely cookbooks “Rescued Recipes” Vol. 1" and “Momma & Me & You”. Jan also brought her line of utensils.

You can hear Jan and her mother on "In The Kitchen" every Saturday on KFYI Radio from 3-5PM and on KPNX-TV, Ch. 12 as co-host and Lifestyle contributor on Arizona Midday-Monday through Fridays 1-2PM.






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Jana Bommersbach's “Bones in the Desert” Book Signing Hosted by House of Broadcasting - January 22, 2009
Bones in the desert - BookJana Bommersbach is an acclaimed and respected journalist whose work has encompassed every profession: she’s been a reporter and editor for both weekly and daily newspapers; she’s written two books and is a major contributor to an anthology; she’s written columns and investigative stories for magazines; she’s appeared on television with both political commentaries and investigative stories — and along the way, she’s won countless awards, including an Emmy!

“Bones in the Desert” is the true story of a mother’s murder and a daughter’s search. She was a beautiful, successful woman who ended up murdered and secretly buried in the desert; a “classic case of elder abuse” whose secret life and tragic death holds lessons for us all.  This is the inside story of the living nightmare of Loretta Bowersock, the mother of Arizona’s “domestic diva,” Terri of Terri’s Design & Consign. It is a story you will never forget.

Event Highlights by HOBI Board Member Maurie Helle
It was one of those Thursday evenings in Scottsdale that brings out the fashionable, the artistic, and those who enjoy some of the best that Arizona has to offer.

January 22nd, 2009, a group of fans, communicators, authors and media gathered at the House of Broadcasting Museum on 5th Avenue to attend a book signing by author, journalist and speaker Jana Bommersbach.

As they listened to the writer, who gave up frosty Fargo for the Valley of the Sun, discuss the research of her latest book, they gained a better understanding of the author’s efforts.

Bommersbach is the proficient author of several other books including the acclaimed, “Trunk Murderess, Winnie Ruth Judd.” The tragic death of the mother of domestic diva Terri Bowersock, is the subject of “Bones in The Desert”.

Among those attending was valley television icon and author Bill Thompson, who hosted and master-minded the longest running television show in history; “The Wallace and Ladmo Show.”

The House of Broadcasting Museum is located at 7150 East 5th Avenue in Scottsdale and displays numerous memorabilia from Arizona’s Radio and Television Industries. Admittance is free to the public.


M.C. Helle autographing his first novel, "Dangerous Curves” at House of Broadcasting Museum on March 8, 2007.
It was booked as the signing event of the season for the House of Broadcasting and that is what it turned out to be. Nearly 100 people came to the Museum on March 8th between the hours of 6 and 9 p.m. for the signing of veteran broadcaster, Maurie Helle 's first novel.

"Dangerous Curves" is a murder mystery set in contemporary Arizona, and Helle signed over 50 books throughout the evening.

Attending were many friends including former colleagues: Tom Chauncey II, Bill Miller, Marlene Klotz-Collins, Lenore Grobstein, and Don Jerome. Numerous longtime friends of Maurie and his lovely wife, Wendy, were in attendance: Vic Figarelli, Ron Conner, Debbie Bell, Bijen and Chris Dyrek, Jim and Joan Fraser, Allen Bucknell, Joe and Michele Dearborn, Mark and Martha Heier, Dave and Deb Selzer, Mary and Chuck Artigue and Karen Dewall-Betker. Many of the board members of the House of Broadcasting attended, led, of course, by Mary and John Morrison.

Wine and sandwiches were served with first V.P. Michael Shaldjian acting as bartender and Dave Weiser serving as photographer.

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Author Maurie and Mrs. Wendy Helle relax after completion of book signing among their 100 friends. Mary O’Hanlon-Artigue, President of Barclay Communications and Chuck Artigue, General Manager of Sandusky, at M.C. Helle book signing. John (left) and Mary Morrison with John Craft, Professor at Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

The House of Broadcasting Museum was the set location for a recent news interview of TV veteran Hugh Downs with KPHO Channel 5 Anchor Kent Dana.
The interview aired on the KPHO Channel 5 newscast at 10:00 p.m. Friday, March 2, 2007.

HOBI had a booth at the recent Scottsdale Convention and Visitors Bureau Expo.   Bill Thompson, aka Wallace, was on hand to greet visitors along with Mary Morrison and Jan Jacobson. Bill brought along a miniature version of the Wallace and Ladmo set from the children's show that aired on KPHO-TV for over 50 years. Approximately 100 visitors came by the booth.

On Thursday, May 18, 2006, the House of Broadcasting Museum saluted KSLX Radio as the station celebrated its 20th anniversary on the air. A special exhibit of station paraphernalia from t-shirts and banners to bumper stickers and posters were on display at the museum at 7150 E. Fifth Avenue (2nd Floor, Santa Fe West). KSLX afternoon talent Steve Trella, morning talent, Mark Mayfield and Valley Focus host/producer Jan Jacobson was on hand along with past station show hosts including Bob Boze Bell and John Giese, to share a piece of anniversary cake. Mike Flatt signed and gave away KSLX 20th anniversary posters. The event was well attended.

Chuck Schaden, host of "Those Were The Days" program from Chicago, broadcasted live from the House of Broadcasting from February 4 through April 29, 2006. The program was heard in the Chicago area but originated in Scottsdale at 7150 East 5th Avenue. The Saturday broadcasts were attended both by visitors and tourists, many from the Chicago area who had listened to Mr. Schaden and looked forward to meeting him in person.

February 2006
A book signing was held on February 2, 2006 at HOBI for former KSLX radio personality Bob Boze Bell. At the event, he signed copies of his new book, "Classic Gunfights, Vol II - Blaze Away!" The book, "Classic Gunfights, Vol II - Blaze Away!" is an in-depth look at the 25 gunfights leading up to the O.K. Corral fight. It is illustrated with 236 Boze Bell images. Boze Bell, who is a former radio morning personality for KSLX, was on hand to autograph copies of the book for attendees. The 128 page book has a cost of $29.95. HOBI is Arizona's premiere television and radio museum, dedicated to educating the public and to preserving and celebrating the history, personalities and paraphernalia of radio and television in Arizona. It is a 501 C-3 organization.


Hurricane Katrina Discussion
On November 17, 2005, the House of Broadcasting Radio and Television Museum hosted an evening "Call to Action" with (l-r) CBS 5 reporter Peter Busch (formerly of KVOA), ABC 15 anchor Jonathan Elias and Bryan Mims, CBS 5. KFYI announcer Jim Sharpe served as moderator of the evening's discussion regarding coverage of Hurricanes Rita and Katrina. Sixty guests attended, and each of the broadcasters shared their personal observations and experiences in the performance of their media jobs.

HOBI held a tribute April 28, 2005 for Phoenix legendary broadcaster HG Listiak. It was the one year anniversary of his death. KMLE Country's Stu Evans, a long-time radio partner and friend of HG, served as MC of the event and shared stories about his friend. Tim and Willy from KNIX sang several songs they wrote for HG, and Gary Edens, former owner of KOY, related experiences he had with HG. HG's fiancée Diane presented the museum with his former typewriter, the one on which he penned numerous commentaries. She also contributed several photographs of HG, all of which are now on display at the House of Broadcasting. Approximately 80 people attended, including HG's family, mother and three brothers. Diane Lake, H.G.'s fiance (second on left) with family member H.G. Listiak's mother in forefront Stu Evans in front of Ch. 3 camera Tim & Willy Gary Edens with tribute to H.G. Wendy & Maurie Helle, Julie Richie, HOBI Board Member Susan Baker, Harrah's AK-Chin Casino Resort.

Diane Lake, H.G.'s fiancée (second on left) with family member

H.G. Listiak's mother in forefront

Stu Evans in front of Ch. 3 camera

Tim & Willy

Gary Edens with tribute to H.G.

Wendy & Maurie Helle, Julie Richie, HOBI Board Member

Susan Baker, Harrah's AK-Chin Casino Resort

Thursday, May 12, 2005 was Bon Appetit Art Walk Night in Scottsdale, and HOBI was a participant replete with a water and wine station. What's more, the museum hosted a book signing for Bill Thompson, AKA Wallace of Wallace and Ladmo. The book, "Thanks for Tuning In," is Thompson's biography and was written by Richard Ruellas, author and writer for the Arizona Republic. A special treat and attraction that night was Steve Hoza's exhibit of Wallace & Ladmo memorabilia including photos, t-shirts, show costuming and more. The museum's gallery rooms were filled with visitors throughout the evening.

Fans of "Wallace" scan his book during the May 12th signing event at HOBI!

HOBI's celebration on May 12th included wine tasting, provided by the Scottsdale Cultural Council.

Fans of "Wallace" scan his book during the May 12th siging event at HOBI!

HOBI's celebration on May 12th included wine tasting, provided by the Scottsdale Cultural Council.


HOBI had a booth at the Arizona Broadcasters Association Convention in November 2004 at Phoenix Civic Center. Board member Dave Weiser met and greeted attendees and provided information about the museum.


The House of Broadcasting Museum of Scottsdale, held a book signing reception for Bill Thompson, AKA, Wallace of Wallace and Ladmo, September 30, 2004. The book, "Thanks for Tuning In," is a biography of Wallace, written by Arizona Republic columnist Richard Ruelas. It chronicles Thompson's life and broadcast story and reveals behind the scenes details of his TV show. The book publisher is Dan Harkins of Harkins Theaters. The museum has a major display area dedicated to the Wallace and Ladmo show, the longest running children's television show in the United States. Wallace was on hand to personally autograph copies of the book for attendees. The 198 page book has a cost of $21.95.

Over 100 guests attended HOBI's wine and cheese reception and book signing for Hugh Downs on November 11, 2004 during BlueNight Artwalk and Scottsdale's Culture Fest. Attendees included Bill Thompson (Wallace), Ray Thompson, Robert & Louise McCall, Mark Scarf of the Tribune, Pam Stevenson of KAET, Tiffany Woodfull from KPHO, to name but a few. The event was covered by KNXV (ABC15), KSAZ (Fox10) and KTVK (3TV) and KTAR (David Liebowitz show). It also received mentions in the Arizona Republic, Scottsdale Republic and Scottsdale Tribune. The museum is planning additional signings. Downs' 144-page hard cover book, "Letter to a Great Grandson," is a compilation of correspondence to his two-year-old grandson. It includes family history, Downs' personal experiences and hopes for the boy's future. It is "A Message of Love, Advice, and Hopes for the Future." This is Downs' 11th book. It is published by Simon & Schuster Publishing of New York. Downs was on hand to personally autograph copies of the book for the nearly 100 attendees.

The Rocky Mountain Chapter of the National Television Academy held their December, 2004 board of directors meeting and members holiday mixer at the House of Broadcasting Museum. Guests enjoyed touring the expanded facility and viewing the latest acquisitions from C. E. Pep Cooney's collection and Buck Owens and Ira Lavin memorabilia. Ron Conners from KSAZ, Channel 10, Stu Tracey, formerly of KPHO, and representatives from TV stations valleywide attended.

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