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Museum fetes femme pioneers in TV, radio

MT&R lauds women in new collection

The Museum of Television & Radio unveiled Thursday the names of the 2005 honorees in its new collection “She Made It: Women Creating Television and Radio” — a three-year initiative celebrating the achievements of creative and businesswomen in the TV and radio industries.

Initiative was unveiled Thursday evening at a reception at the museum in midtown Manhattan, where many of the 2005 honorees were in attendance. (Dedicated Web site Shemadeit.org was to go live at that time. Additional honorees will be named in the next two years.)

Spanning the generations from early trailblazers to current innovators, “She Made It” honors writers, directors, producers, journalists, sportscasters and executives. The list includes household names like Oprah Winfrey, Sarah Jessica Parker and Barbara Walters as well as lesser-known luminaries like Ethel Winant, Dorothy Thompson, Agnes Nixon and Bertha Brainard.

At the center of “She Made It” is radio and TV programming created by some of the most influential women in both industries. It will serve as a major resource for scholars, students, industry professionals and the public.

At the end of the three-year project, 2,000 hours compiled both from the museum’s existing collection of 120,000 programs and from new acquisitions will be available at both museum locations, in New York and Los Angeles. Seminars and screenings will support the collection.

As part of the initiative, museum will host a screening and listening series highlighting selected work from the collection. The screenings will be presented in four separate packages and run through April. In New York, they will screen at 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays and at 3 p.m Wednesdays through Sundays in Los Angeles.

On the radio front, the listening series will be presented in two separate packages and run continuously from today through April in both Gotham and L.A.

The first package is called “They Made Genres” and focuses on soap pioneer Irna Phillips and family sitcom creator Gertrude Berg; second package, “Radio Superstars,” focuses on Fanny Brice and her Baby Snooks character, and Dorothy Thompson and her reports in the 1940s for NBC and Mutual.

For a complete list of honorees, go to http://www.variety.com

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