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Another Third Wednesday Luncheon!

Good Food - Great Programs - Wonderful Times

Wednesday, May 18, 2016!
Lunch is only $28 per person!


Hit After Hit, Smash After Smash, Blockbuster After Blockbuster... Here is another "monster" lunch where the "stars" don't wait to come out at night. They're there at lunchtime!

This is our "Funtime in May Luncheon." It will be held at the Bala Golf Club, 2200 Belmont Avenue in Philadelphia on Wednesday, May 18th (that's the third Wednesday of the month).

Our MC for the afternoon is member Bob Kelly, Traffic Guy for Fox 29's "Good Day Philadelphia." . Bob joined the Fox 29 news team in October 2014. Previously, he was the traffic reporter for CBS 3 (KYW-TV) for 13 years. Started in the business with member Jerry Blavat.

And speaking of Jerry Blavat, we start off with the Geator with the Heater talking about his career, his book and the upcoming Hollywood motion picture based on his life. We also have member Karen Scioli (you remember her from "Saturday Night Dead.") She'll be providing us with a good time. (We're afraid to ask what that means LOL). Then, we wrap everything up with a mini-concert by member Charlie Gracie, a legendary figure in Rock & Roll.

COME GET A FREE MISTER SOFTEE!

Special Treat! The corporate office of Mister Softee, Inc. will be sending a free Mister Softee truck (from 12 noon to 1 pm only) to our luncheon. Anyone who wants one can get a free Mister Softee. Why are they doing this? It's to celebrate the life of member Les Waas who wrote the Mister Softee jingle 56 years ago. May 18th, the date of the luncheon, would have been his 95th birthday.

It 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. There is no reserved seating at our luncheons. Feel free to sit anywhere. Well, okay--the three people on the camera crew sit near the cameras, but that's in the back of the room.

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!

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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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Member Jerry Blavat
at Jerry Blavat's Office
Pioneers of Philadelphia Broadcasting
Tuesday, February 23, 2016

 

Member Mike Strug
at Jerry Blavat's Office
Pioneers of Philadelphia Broadcasting
Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Watch our latest "Pioneers of Philadelphia Broadcasting" episode shot at the office of Broadcast Pioneers member Jerry Blavat. Member Mike Strug spoke with him for this fantastic half-hour personal one-on-one interview where "The Boss with the Hot Sauce" talks about his life and how he became "The Geator with the Heater."

Watch the Program!

(Video courtesy of Broadcast Pioneers VP Brad Seecof and Metramedia Broadcasting and Studios)

Our Mystery Photo for May 2016

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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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