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Another "Third Wednesday" Luncheon
WFIL, Famous 56 & its legacy!

Wednesday, October 15th

Hit After Hit! Smash After Smash! Blockbuster After Blockbuster! Here's another "monster" lunch where the "stars" don't wait to come out at night. They're here at lunchtime! It's all happening on Wednesday, October 15th, 2014.

It was almost a half century ago, that WFIL Radio turned into one of the greatest rock and roll stations in the world! The Boss Jocks took the town by storm.

At this luncheon, we'll find out all about WFIL, Famous 56 and how it affected American broadcasting. Its legacy has last until today. They owned the marketplace and were icons in United States radio.

Our MC for the afternoon will again be member Bob Charger, your musical host on WOGL daily from 7 pm until the stroke of midnight. He did such a great job last month that we are holding him over for another luncheon. Bob was "The Last Boss Jock" to be hired on WFIL, Famous 56 during The Boss Is Back era.

(left to right) Bob Charger, Jim Nettleton, Jerry Klein
Kris Chandler and Leigh Richards
Bala Golf Club, Philadelphia
Broadcast Pioneers Luncheon
Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Special remarks by the legendary newscaster Allen Stone (a member of Broadcast Pioneers) telling us about how he got the job with Famous 56. Also some thoughts by Ron Turner of the Famous56.com website.

Our panel included (in alphabetical order):

Kris Chandler, Famous 56 Boss Jock during the 1973 - 1974 WFIL era
Lauren (Lauri) Lipton, former WFIL newscaster, now with KYW Newsradio
Leigh Richards, board op and boss jock, later, 25 years with country WXTU
Steve Ross, former WFIL Boss Jock, now co-host of WPHT's Remember When
Barbara Sommers, the first female "Boss Jock" for WFIL, Famous 56 radio
and more!

Also, live on the telephone, we'll be talking with Kevin Fennessy from Florida. Kevin was the last Program Director under the ownership of LIN Broadcasting (1986 - 1987).

This all takes place at the beautiful and historic Bala Golf Club, 2200 Belmont Avenue (across the street from the state police) in the Wynnefield section of Philadelphia. Only minutes away from Channels 6, 10 and 17 and the radio stations in Bala Cynwyd. Call now for reservations. (856) 365-5600! Don't miss this one!

Plenty of FREE parking. Our luncheons are open to all our members, their guests and any person in the industry or associated fields, whether active or retired. You do NOT have to be a member to attend.

The cost is only a donation of $28 (or more) per person! In order to speed up check-in at the luncheon, it would help if you had exact change or your check already written. Checks can be made payable to the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia.

If you would like to add a few dollars extra, we would appreciate it. It would help us with all the important work we are doing. Thanks!

WE'LL BE PROUD TO SEE YOU IN THE CROWD!

Our "Person of the Year &
Hall of Fame Inductees for 2014!

Our Annual Banquet!
Friday, November 21, 2014!

130 tickets sold so far!

(Left to right) Chairman of the Board Jerry Klein
Broadcast Pioneers "Person of the Year" for 2014, Pat Delsi
Broadcast Pioneers CEO Gerrry Wilkinson
The CBS Broadcast Center
1555 Hamilton Street, Philadelphia
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Our Honorees!

Our "Person of the Year" for 2014 is Pat Delsi

In 1953, Pat Delsi began a long-lasting broadcast career at a little station in Vineland, NJ. A year later, Delsi joined WCAM in his hometown of Camden and stayed until 1980. A popular Delaware Valley air personality since the fifties, Delsi has work at one time or another as an announcer, newsman, sportscaster or disc jockey for almost every station in the Philadelphia market, including WRCV Radio and KYW Radio. In fact, in June 1965, Pat did the first newscast on KYW Radio when it returned to Philadelphia, two months before the all-news format was introduced.

Delsi has introduced over a million songs on the air and, as a newscaster, has reported over 150,000 five-minute newscasts in the Delaware Valley. This legendary radio broadcaster has also devoted himself to a life of public service and has served on many boards and committees. Pat has served as this organization's president and then chairman of the board. He has been on our board of directors for over two decades.

Our Living Hall of Fame Inductees for 2014 are:

John DeBella, longtime Philadelphia morning drive host on WMGK-FM, 102.9
George Finkel, Emmy winning director of Super Bowl & Olympics coverage
Ralph (Bud) Galow, engineer for decades at WRCV and KYW Radio
Dom Giordano, morning talk show host on WPHT, 1210 Talk Radio on AM
Bill Henley, meteorologist at WCAU-TV (NBC 10) for more than 2 decades
David Henry, WPVI-TV news street reporter for almost three decades
Blaise Howard, Vice President and General Manager of More FM, 101.1
Agnes Nixon, creator of modern soap operas All My Children & One Life to Live
Connie Roussin (Spann), legendary TV host of many TV shows on Channel 6
Susan Schiller, Vice President and News Director, CBS 3 & CW Philly 57
Sue Serio, veteran meteorologist and morning Weather Anchor for Fox 29
Fred Walters, legendary executive editor at KYW Newsradio & more

Our Posthumous Hall of Fame Inductees for 2014 are:

Stella Alberts, famed producer of the Al Alberts Showcase on WPVI-TV
Marian Anderson, one of America's best contraltos in the entire 20th century
Walter Beaulieu, engineer extraordinaire for WFIL-TV/WPVI for 4 decades
Ralph Collier, iconic interviewer at WFLN, WCAU, WRTI-FM and WBUX
Joe "Dr. Shock" Zawisklak, iconic horror movie host on WPHL-TV, Channel 17
Warren Kraetzer, former president of WHYY-TV, WUHY-TV and Radio
John Leitch, Chief Engineer at WCAU Radio & WCAU-TV for decades
Bob Mitchell, popular DJ on WIBG during their heyday plus WDAS & WCAM
Fred Sherman, legendary business news commentator for KYW Newsradio
Joe Tamburro (Butterball), VP of Programming & PD for WDAS AM & FM
Ron Tindiglia, developer of the WFIL-TV/WPVI format of "Action News"

Tickets on Sale NOW!

TICKET ORDER FORM!

Prices are $88 for members (each member can buy ONLY one ticket at the member price) and $98 for everyone else (including spouses, friends and guests). The event will once again take place at the Hilton City Avenue, 4200 City Avenue, Philadelphia. The date is Friday, November 21st. The reception is at 5:45 pm and dinner is served at 7 pm. Doors open at 5:30 pm. Cash bar all night long. Valet parking is $10. Event lot parking is $5. Make plans to be there! A major portion of the ticket price may be deductible on your federal income tax. Ask your tax advisor for details! Tickets must be purchased in advance. Absolutely no tickets available at the door.

For College students!

Our Big 13th Annual Broadcast
Symposium & Pizza Lunch!

Saturday Morning, November 1, 2014
at WCAU-TV, NBC 10

Only 60 Seats Available!

Students in the Action News newsroom
WPVI-TV
at the Broadcast Pioneers Symposium
Saturday, October 26, 2013

This is the event that college students wait for all year! Once again, it's time for our annual Broadcast Pioneers Symposium. Area college students will see first hand a major market television station and will listen to advice from their staff. This year, our 13th annual event will again be held at the studios of WCAU-TV, NBC 10. The date is Saturday morning, November 1, 2014 from 9 am to 12 noon. We start off with eats and soft drinks and end with a pizza lunch and more sodas.

Get all the information here!

REMINDER!

If you are a member and you haven't paid your dues,
YOU ARE MORE THAN TWO MONTHS LATE!

We mailed out membership renewals to all our members in mid-May. If you joined in the past couple of months, you may receive a form, but you are not required to pay any dues at this time. We sent the form so we could verify that all the info we have is still correct. The next membership directory will be printed before you know it.

Kindly return your form and check (if a balance is due) at your earliest convenience. Please also note that on the form is an important little box that you can check if you would like to make an extra contribution. If you can afford it and wish to do so, any amount will be greatly appreciated.

Help Us Save Our History!
Our DAP, Digital Archival Project!


The Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia since our beginning in 1962 has maintained archival material of broadcast related items for our market. In February of 2009, we started our DAP, Digital Archival Project.

Since its inception, we have digitized over 4,000 local TV broadcasts, 10,000 local radio broadcasts and have digitized 23,000 photos and other documents. While the seems like a lot, in reality, it's only a very small portion (below 00.000001%) of what has been broadcast.

We are looking for donated materials. If you have or know of anyone willing to contribute any broadcast memorabilia, please contact us at 856-365-5600 or e-mail the Broadcast Pioneers at pioneers@broadcastpioneers.com. This would include photos, scans, audio, video and articles. This material may also be used on our website.

Don't have any of the above material but still wish to help out? We can use your cash! This has become an expensive project for us. We are a state-chartered, federally recognized charity with a 501(c)(3) status. Any contribution may be tax deductible on your federal income taxes. Check with your tax advisor.

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There's a nice, huge story on the Time Magazine website about Philadelphia Television in the Fifties. It mentions our website and draws from our material. Author Richard Corliss refers to this site as "invaluable...a trove of early TV memories for Delaware Valley nostalgiaholics."

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