Interested in radio, television, recording, or maybe rock and roll production? The Texas Broadcast Museum in Kilgore has you covered. From the a mixing board built for James Taylor to one of ESPN’s first mobile studio units, you can find it here.
Visitors interested in the macabre can see a camera that was present when Jack Ruby assassinated Lee Harvey Oswald. Also a camera used in in the production of American Bandstand in Los Angeles. Something a little older? How about a camera Jacky Gleason inspired that sent TV signal out live while recording the same visuals on conventional movie film. There is a complete news desk set up with a monochrome area so you can see what it feels like to do the weather.
There are radio studios from three different eras. The museum has a huge collection of televisions from the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s as well as radios from every period; Wire recorders, reel to reel, home stereo, Edison machines are all represented.
In tune with rock? The first Showco Super Board is here. It was used to record Jackson Brown’s running on empty album, Paul McCartney and Wings album Wings over America, and many other live shows. This is an example of the soundboard that toured with Led Zeppelin back in the day.
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Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Allow a couple of hours to scratch the surface of this huge collection. You can tour on you own, or catch a guided tour. A true jewel hidden away in East Texas.