HOW TO CONTACT US
ABOUT THE CLUB
The MWOTRC has monthly meetings
in the Parish Hall of Trinity Episcopal Church, located at 2217
Columbia Pike in Arlington, VA. (See our meeting
What do I get for joining?
We have a bimonthly journal, Radio Recall,
as well as a regular email update called Gather
Round The Radio. And of course, participation in meetings as
well as the right to borrow from our library.
The Metropolitan Washington Old Time Radio
Club (MWOTRC) was created in 1984 by our
President Jim Burnette (1945-2001). The initial group of charter
members, consisting of a half-dozen OTR fans, was drawn from the region
of Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia. Monthly meetings have been
held ever since then, usually in Northern Virginia. The purpose of this
hobby group has always been to exchange, collect, and preserve any
materials from the Golden Age of Broadcasting. Individually, and as a
club, members collect and share OTR audiocopies, books, scripts, and
related radio broadcast materials.
By the end of the first year, the club had
grown to 34 members and had established a cassette library and an
infrequently published newsletter. The club donated its services by
presenting special OTR panel discussions and programs at the
Smithsonian, NOVA College, the Newseum in Washingtn, DC, and numerous
senior citizens' groups and retirement homes.
The club started accepting out-of-area
memberships about 1987 and new members were accorded all privileges,
including a subscription to the newsletter, access to rental tapes from
both a cassette and open-reel library, and an invitation to attend
monthly meetings. Membership at this time had grown to about 50
members. The club maintained its policy of charging a lower dues rate
to those outside the DC area who could not attend meetings, as well as
a lower rate for senior citizens. A routine was established of having
regular meetings on the second Friday evening of each month. Each
meeting usually included a special presentation, occasionally by an OTR
cast or crew member. Sam Edwards, Laurette Fillibrandt, Arthur
Peterson, Ed Walker, and Frank Bingman are among those who have shared
their memories with the membership.
In the early 90s, a printed materials
library was organized, including scripts, books, and magazines, which
the members could rent. The membership totaled over 130 members, one
third of whom came from several states outside the Washington, DC area.
The club newsletter had involved into a regular publication that was
published every other month, under its new name of RADIO RECALL. In the
late 90s, the open reel library was disbanded, due to lack of usage,
and a massive dubbing project began to convert much of the open-reel
tapes archives to cassette format.
Currently the club has about
200 members, about 40% of them are "by-mail" members who
live in distant states and seldom attend our monthly meetings in
Virginia. But they continue to enjoy all other membership benefits,
Subscription to RADIO RECALL, published
every other month (12 pages jam-packed with OTR news, reviews,
background articles, obituaries, and Q &A's. (Review past
Access at modest rental fees to our
extensive audio library of cassettes and CDs.
Access at modest rental fees to video
and printed materials library of book,magazines and scripts.
"Gather Round the Radio", an email
bulletin that regularly goes out with OTR updates, news about members,
announcements of OTR festivals, and listings of new OTR web sites.
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