Journalist Nick Clooney to Emcee National VOA Museum of Broadcasting Gala Sept. 23
Nick Clooney, a journalist, anchorman and television host with a career that has spanned 50 years, will act as master of ceremonies Sept. 23 for the National Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting’s fundraising gala.
“Celebrate the Voice of America Under the Stars,” will be a romantic, Big Band dinner-and-dance party held Saturday, Sept. 23 from 6 to 11 p.m. at the VOA Museum in West Chester.
The event will mark the 75th anniversary of the Voice of America and commemorate the Sept. 23, 1944 dedication of the VOA-Bethany Station. Tickets are $150 per person and $300 per couple.
Clooney was born in Maysville, Ky., and has had an extraordinary career in many facets of broadcasting. A game and talk show host, singer and sought-after entertainer, he also served as an award-winning journalist, anchoring newscasts at TV stations from Cincinnati to Los Angeles.
In 2004, after a bid to serve in the U.S. Congress, Nick and his son, Oscar-winning actor and political activist George Clooney, helped call attention to a serious international crisis in Darfur, Sudan. They filmed a documentary, A Journey to Darfur, which was broadcast on American TV as well as in the United Kingdom and France.
Nick Clooney is the brother of singer and actress Rosemary Clooney, who was a popular singer and actress. She died in 2002.
“We’re thrilled that Nick will be a part of the museum fundraising festivities,” said Jack Dominic, museum director. “Nick is a voracious reader and writer, a student of history, and possesses a wealth of knowledge about the role broadcasting has taken in shaping our democratic way of life. The Voice of America is one of these iconic broadcast services.”
The event will begin with hors d’oeurves and a cocktail reception, VIP tours of the museum and the grand opening of a museum exhibit featuring Powel Crosley.
Carmon DeLeone and the New Studio Big Band will play music selections from the days of live radio broadcasting. The program will be recorded for later broadcast on Cincinnati Public Radio’s WVXU. The museum also plans to offer for bid some special “one-of-a-kind” items.
“This will be a wonderful evening and the social event of the season in West Chester,” said Ken Rieser, museum board president. “Visitors will walk through the museum, see the new exhibit and learn of the significance of the VOA-Bethany Station. A delicious meal will follow, with plenty of time to talk with your friends and meet some new ones. Those who want to swing dance can do so.”
All proceeds from the evening will be used to complete the first phase of construction at the museum, which will make the facility more accessible to all visitors.
Various levels of sponsorship for individuals, businesses and organizations are available. Sponsors include: Gary and Dee West; Larry and Sandy Brueshaber; Alice Sparks; Larry and Barbara Kellar; Martin & Maribeth Rahe; Greg and Diane Stevens; and Chris and Sandie Wunnenberg.
Bronze sponsors include Emery Federal Credit Union; Ft. Washington Investment Advisors; Mr. Mechanic Auto Service; Oak Tree Communications; and Sebaly, Shillito & Dyer. Community sponsor is the West Chester/Liberty Chamber Alliance.
For 50 years, the VOA-Bethany Station transmitted Voice of America broadcasts to countries worldwide that lacked a free press, first in Europe during World War II and to South America during the Cold War. The station was decommissioned by the federal government in 1994.
The iconic art deco building was developed into the National VOA Museum of Broadcasting with the help of the entire community and volunteer labor. Contributions and grants have been secured from local, regional and national companies and foundations.
The museum is open the third Saturday of the month from 1 to 4 p.m. until late September, when it will be open weekends. This month it is open Saturday, Aug 19. Museum admission is $5 for adults and $1 for children. The museum is located at 8070 Tylersville Road.