So named in honor of Frank Conrad who, in 1919-20, pioneered radio broadcasting in the backyard garage of his home on the borderline of Wilkinsburg and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Conrad’s experiments led directly to the start of today’s multi-billion dollar broadcasting industry. Although his achievements rank among the most important of the 20th century, Conrad is scarcely known today. While the work and workshops of more prominent inventors are preserved in museums, Conrad’s Garage has been dismantled, waiting either to be restored to its former glory or else quietly hauled to a landfill.
The Conrad Project was established by the National Museum of Broadcasting, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit corporation. Its purpose is to:
Acquire, restore and preserve Frank Conrad’s Garage and other historic broadcasting sites for future generations to enjoy.
Establish a permanent, self-sustaining National Museum of Broadcasting with the Conrad Garage as its centerpiece.
Through the museum, increase tourism and provide educational opportunities and economic growth in the greater Pittsburgh area.
Please visit the following pages for an online view of our draft museum proposal: