The Museum of Broadcast Communications recently celebrated the preliminary opening of their new facility in Chicago with clown music. We at Crest Communications, an integrated marketing and social media company in the western suburbs, were there to cover how two of our clients contributed to the event. The museum wanted to replicate the music of the late 1950’s Bozo the Clown Show that originated on WGN-TV Chicago. To do that, the original organ used on the set was donated to the museum. However, the instrument needed repair. So the Chicago Area Theatre Organ Enthusiasts, a Crest Communications client, arranged for technicians from Hammond Organ and Allen Organ to bring it up to par. (CATOE’s mission includes preserving the famous organs of Chicagoland.)
The organ was played by Lee Maloney, V.P. of Steinway Chicago, another Crest client. Maloney was one of the organists for the original touring Bozo show.
The 62,000 square foot museum is now located at 360 N. State Street, the site of a former parking garage. The museum is expected to be open to the public this fall. And Crest Communications, as it was during this “Sneak Peak” event, will be there.