Betty White Helps Christen Broadcast Museum

Chicago museum now officially open

Wednesday, Jun 13, 2012  |  Updated 6:33 PM CDT
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After an eight-year hiatus, Chicago's new Museum of Broadcast Communications is finally a reality.

After an eight-year hiatus, Chicago's new Museum of Broadcast Communications is finally a reality.

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A who's who of the Chicago television industry helped officially open the Museum of Broadcast Communications Tuesday, but it was another TV star that stole the show -- Betty White.

White was one of the featured guests at the event, held inside the new 62,000-square foot building at 360 North State St.

The museum features items from the early days of television, from the Tim Russert-era Meet The Press set to the camera used in the famous 1960 the John F. Kennedy-Richard Nixon debate.

Other high-profile guests at the gala included former ABC actor Hugh Downs and actor John Mahoney.

The museum officially opens to the public on Wednesday.

The Chicago Tribune criticized the museum project in a Tuesday column, saying museum officials have not produced the jobs it promised after receiving a $6 million jobs grant from the state.

The museum's founder, Bruce DuMont, told the paper that more employees may be hired "eventually."

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