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Museum of Television and Radio is changing its name

by Adam Finley, posted Jun 6th 2007 4:01PM

william s. paleyFirst Kentucky Fried Chicken and now you, Museum of Television and Radio? Oh, why must things change?

Anyway, the Museum of Television of Radio is changing its name, but not to "MTR." No, it will henceforth be known as "Paley Center for Media," which TV trivia-heads will recognize as being named after William S. Paley, who founded CBS and started the museum in 1975 (back then it was called the "Museum of Broadcasting," so it's not like this is the first time the name has changed).

So why the change? It's quite simple: we don't just get our information through TV and radio anymore. We now have this thing called "the internet," not to mention video content through mobile devices.

The New York City and Beverly Hills locations of the museum will also become a place where people in the media can hold seminars and discussions. These public events will also be made available through the museum's site, not to mention portals such as Yahoo and Comcast.

In the meantime, I recommend searching Google Video for " Museum of Television and Radio." There are a ton of great (and lengthy) interviews to be found there.

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janet riley

change is good and appropriate. with the constant advances in communication and technology the name change makes perfect sense. i have been a fan of this museum since it was called the museum of broadcasting at it's original location. some of my favorite memories involved your special screenings from woody allen, steve allen to jay ward, rod serling and ben stiller. It was at your museum where I found out there was a Cinderella starring Julie Andrews from 1957 and where i was able to watch the Robert F Kennedy- Eugene McCarthy debate form 1968. I LOVE YOUR MUSEUM!!!!!

July 08 2007 at 10:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
GhaleonQ

Thank you, sincerely, for posting that last paragraph. It's been 1 of my favorite Internet secrets for awhile.

June 07 2007 at 2:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Scott

As much as anyone who knows the history of television may respect William S. Paley, I think the name change is a poor one. "Center for Media" could mean almost anything. "Media" doesn't even mean exclusively news media, or mass media--and how many people refer to prime time television or radio in its heyday as "media"? "Museum of Radio and Television" is much more specific, helping people know what the place is. They could've gone with "Museum of Radio, Television, and Media" if they had to, although I still argue that "media" alone means just about nothing without a clarifier.

June 06 2007 at 11:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Viv

KFC went back to the full version of it's name. The new stores i have seen all have kentucky fried chicken.

June 06 2007 at 6:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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