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Auman TV Museum in Dover, Ohio may be one of the most complete collections of early television sets in the country. 

 

From an early Marconi set with a two-inch screen to a 1939 RCA where the picture was reflected in a mirror, to the futuristic Philco TV’s of the 1950’s.  They are all here and most are in working condition.

 

He also has in his collection Dick Goddard’s first weather boards from WJW-TV, as well as publicity photos from the Gene Carroll Show on WEWS and Academic Challenge.

 

If you remember the days of 7 and 10 inch television sets, with the big oil-filled globe in front to magnify the picture, you will probably find it here.  It’s well worth the trip to Dover to see the collection.

 

Owner Larry Auman has been a television technician for years and started his collection forty years ago.  His museum is open by appointment just about any time, just give him a call first at 330-364-1058. 

 

Auman’s Museum of Radio and Television, 215 N. Tuscarawas Avenue, Dover, Ohio or visit him at: http://www.geocities.com/TelevisionCity/Set/1930/

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I am attaching two pics I thought you might be interested in. 

 

 
One shows Alice Weston at work with a Fashion Coordinator and Instructor from the local John Robert Powers studio in Cleveland.  Her name is Florence Doney, usually called “Pinky” by her friends and sometimes called Mrs. Jim Doney.
 
The other was taken at the 1964 WJW Christmas Party.  I was the program chairman and in a wild moment called Duke Ellington who was staying at the Statler Hotel and had a gig in town that night.  I invited him to our party… just to say hello, and damned if he didn’t show up with his drummer and bass player and do a half hour show for us.  About the time this picture was taken I was saying, “I don’t know how I can think you for this.”  And he said, “Jim, I’m thanking you guys.  Disc Jockeys and TV guys played my records and made me famous.”  What a gentleman!  And what a thrill.  Of course, they made me Program Chairman for the next ten years, but I never topped this. 
Jim Doney
 

8 Comments Add your own

  • 1. BILL WOLFE  |  April 3, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    I’M GLAD TO HEAR FROM YOU, I DIDN’T HAVE YOUR NEW EMAIL ADDRESS. THE OLD PICS ARE GREAT, I WAS ABOUT 20 POUNDS LIGHTER, AND LOTS MORE HAIR.THIS WEBSITE CERTAINLY BRINGS BACK MANY FOND MEMORIES. HOPE TO SEE YOU THIS SUMMER. REGARDS, BILL.

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  • 2. Tim Lones  |  April 6, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    Mr. Doney:
    Great story..Good to see entertainers can be “real people” and show appreciation for others..Looking forward to seeing more stories from Cleveland’s Broadcasting past..

    Reply
  • 3. matthew  |  October 24, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    I am trying to locate the opening scene from Morning Exchange. My dad Robert Brady worked on this in the late 60’s/early 70’s. It consisted of the alarm clock, shower, razor on face, coffee, etc.

    Thanks Matt

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  • 4. Mallory  |  December 11, 2009 at 2:33 am

    I was wondering if by any chance there is any type of film footage remaining from the show that aired on WEWS called “Academic Challenge” in 1977or 1978? My friend was on that show , he attended Jefferson Area High School . I believe it aired sometime during the spring. He has been dying to find some information about that particular show and if at all possible I would love to help him in his “quest” . His name is David Henderson. Please feel free to email me or contact me by phone ! My name is Mallory Simeone # (860) 689-4728. I would so greatly appreciate any information you may have. Thank you in advance.
    Sincerely, Mallory Simeone

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  • 5. Garry Green  |  January 28, 2010 at 10:32 am

    I was interviewed by Bozo, circa 1961, on live TV.
    My relative who was a cameraman on the Bozo set, asked him to talk with me.
    Any way to see the old film clip?

    Reply
  • 6. Myron Newsom  |  February 22, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    I was wondering about, how can I go about obtaining a clip from a show you guys had of a March 1990 homicide that took place in Cleveland Heights on south taylor road.

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    • 7. neilzu  |  February 25, 2010 at 2:54 pm

      Write to the station involved. Although that long ago they may not have it.

      Reply
  • 8. Wilton  |  August 29, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    I was wondering if by any chance there is any type of film footage remaining from the show that aired on WEWS called “Academic Challenge” in 1977or 1978? My friend was on that show , he attended Jefferson Area High School . I believe it aired sometime during the spring. He has been dying to find some information about that particular show and if at all possible I would love to help him in his “quest” . His name is David Henderson. Please feel free to email me or contact me by phone ! My name is Mallory Simeone # (860) 689-4728. I would so greatly appreciate any information you may have. Thank you in advance.Sincerely, Mallory Simeone
    +1

    Reply

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