Chalk Hill Educational Media's Virtual Museum

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DuMont Telecruiser
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RCA TCR-100
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A few of the items on display


We Want Your Old Broadcast Equipment!
One of our missions is the preservation of Broadcasting and Recording History.  Part of our collection can be seen on our Virtual Museum.  Our collection is available for personal viewing by appointment.  If you'd like to visit us in East Texas, please call (903) 643-7711 for an appointment, or you may email us. We think it is very sad for important pieces of historical equipment get relegated to the trash heap.  Before you throw it out, contact us.  We will try to give it a good home, and your donation is tax deductible.  

We are always interested in old TV Cameras, Switchers, Video Tape Recorders, Monitors, Audio Consoles, Tape Machines, Microphones, Turntables, Tape Cartridge Machines, Audio Processing Gear, Old Radios, Literature, Books, Signs and other interesting relics of the past.


Virtual Museum Index

To make navigation a little easier, we've divided the museum up into various galleries.  Click on an area that interests you.  To return to this page, use your "back" button, or click on the link at the bottom of the page you're viewing.  Hopefully, you'll find these pages worth the time it takes to download.  Your comments are always welcome.


We are the home of the DuMont Telecruiser, which is currently under restoration

This picture came from original DuMont Sales literature.  Not only is this "just like" the vehicle we are restoring, it is the vehicle we are working on.  It is DuMont Telecruiser Model B, Serial Number 101.  We speculate that it was the prototype for the design.  It seems Dumont made several of these.  This one went to Channel 8 in Dallas, which was called KBTV at the time.  The station was subsequently sold to The Dallas Morning News (A. H. Belo Corp.)   The bus served in remote duty in Dallas until about 1972, when it was sold at auction to a private party.  We purchased it from the estate of that purchaser. Click on the "Dumont Telecruiser" Link to learn more.


Meet a New Arrival, "Larry" the Schafer Automation System

These automation systems were very popular in the 1960's and 70's for running FM stations.  In 1964, the FCC decreed that AM & FM "combo" stations could no longer simulcast their programming 24 hours per day.  Each station had to have its own programming, at least for the bulk of he broadcast day. These machines could keep a station on the air with little human intervention (other than to un-jam them or change tapes.  In many markets, this meant the on-air AM jock could also babysit the automation while doing his shift.  The result was one person could do the job of two, and station managers and accountants loved it.

If you are wondering why this one is called "Larry," it's because this machine was donated by WELK in Elgin, West Virginia.  Therefore it is "Larry Welk," in memory of Band Leader, Lawrence Welk. 

This is another "work in progress." Click Here for more pictures of "Larry."


A Quick Tour...


Some of the studio cameras in the collection

More Cameras


The VTR Room


The Warehouse.  A lot of this equipment will be installed in the DuMont Telecruiser



We rescued this RCA TCR-100 and the Ampex 1200 from a TV station in Alabama.
I'm happy to report that we found a great home for the TCR.  It is now in the
Museum of Broadcast Technology in Woonsocket, Rhode Island.  See more...


The Museum also includes cars.  Pictured in the foreground is a 1957 BMW Isetta.  In the rear is a 1912 Buick.


The Museum is open by appointment only.  We are happy to host small groups such as Boy Scouts, church croups, student field trips, etc.  Please call 903-643-7711 for more more information or to schedule a visit.


We're always looking for additions to the collection.  While we have a limited budget, we are a "not for profit" 501 (c) (3) corporation.  Any equipment donation (or partial donation) would be tax deductible.  
We really need camera tripods, pedestals,
pan heads, or anything to help us display more cameras.  Any leads would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks For Visiting.


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