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FREE Summer Tour
Wednesday, July 22nd!

There are 3 different tour times!
Tour times: 9:30 am, 10 am or 10:30 am
Duration: About 75 Minutes!


Each of the 3 tours will visit BOTH broadcast facilities!


WTXF-TV, Fox 29!


And The CBS Radio Group!

Sportsradio 94WIP
98.1 WOGL
Talk Radio 1210, WPHT


It's a Double Bubble!
Visit Both Broadcast Facilities in One Morning!

The next Broadcast Pioneers event takes place on Wednesday morning, July 22nd. It's a FREE tour of two wonderful and exciting broadcast centers. One is a television station and the other is the home of three of radio stations.

Both are located at 4th and Market Streets in Center City. Save the date. We expect this event to fill up early. DON'T DELAY! RESERVE YOUR FREE SPACE NOW! There are three different tour times! Pick your tour time. Duration of the two stations combined is about 75 minutes.

Parking for this tour will NOT be provided. There are several pay lots nearby. Trains, buses and other public transportation are available.

WARNING: You MUST reserve for this event in advance. We are obligated to provide the stations with a guest list which they will give to security. If you are not on that list, you cannot attend. WE MUST HAVE YOUR RESERVATION BY 6 PM ON MONDAY, JULY 20th! However, we expect to fill up before that date!

Each of the three tours will first meet at WTXF-TV, Fox 29. They are located on the southeast corner of 4th and Market Streets in Center City Philadelphia. Pick your tour time. There are three choices. We expect the tours to fill up fast. Each of the three tours is limited to 30 people each. Tour times are at 9:30 am, 10 am and 10:30 am. Duration is about 75 minutes!

We'll take a 30 to 40 minute tour of Fox 29. While at WTXF, we will announce the posthumous inductees who will be inducted into our Hall of Fame in November. Two of these inductees worked at Channel 29 at one time or another.

After the television station tour, we will walk across the street to the CBS Radio Group. They are located on the southwest corner of 4th and Market. Entry to the building is on Market Street between 4th and 5th Streets.

At the CBS Radio Group, we will visit three of the CBS owned radio stations in Philadelphia. They are Sportsradio 94 WIP, 98.1 WOGL and Talk Radio 1210 WPHT.

Several years ago, we visited this facility but WOGL and WPHT were not at this location at that time. So this will be the first time we have toured these stations in their new "digs." Everything is different.

While at the CBS Radio Group, we will announce who will be our 2015 Person of the Year. They will be with us. Plus, we'll announce who our 12 living inductees to our Hall of Fame will be for this year. One of them will be "on the air" during our visit.


This will be an exciting morning. Space is limited! Total running time for visiting both facilities will be approx. 75 minutes in length. Members may bring a guest or two with them. Please reserve your space now. E-mail us at: Make sure to include your name, the name of your guest (if any) and the time of the tour you wish to take. Members without e-mail service may call (856) 365-5600. Make sure you give us all the necessary information. First come, first served!


50 Years of


Another "Third Wednesday" Luncheon!
Wednesday, June 17th!


Some of the Eyewitness News Family (Past and Present)
Broadcast Pioneers Luncheon Celebration
Bala Golf Club, Philadelphia
Wednesday, June 17, 2015

In August of 1965, the world of television news changed forever. Broadcast Pioneers member Al Primo came to Philadelphia as KYW-TV's News Director. He brought with him a brand new concept; Street and Beat Reporters actually appearing on camera to tell the story. It was a new adventure in telecasting and the universe of TV news would never be the same again.

It's 50 Years later. Yes, a half-century. Most everyone does news this way today but back in 1965, no one really knew how it would work out.

Our MC & Moderator for the afternoon was Broadcast Pioneers member Robin Mackintosh, sometimes called the "reporter's reporter." Robin was with Eyewitness for three decades.

Our panelists were: (in alphabetical order):

Pat Ciarrocchi, anchor and reporter for CBS 3's Eyewitness News
Jim Donovan, KYW-TV, CBS 3's current reporter for consumer affairs
Trudy Haynes, first African American reporter on Philadelphia TV Newscasts
Al Primo, former Channel 3 News Director, creator of Eyewitness News
Dick Sheeran, former street reporter and Eyewitness News Anchor
Marciarose Shestack, first Eyewitness News co-anchor (with Tom Snyder)

Plus, Broadcast Pioneers member Dick Standish spoke live on the telephone with members Vince Leonard and Mort Crim, both legendary Eyewitness Newscasters.

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This all happened 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 plus the radio stations in Bala Cynwyd.


It was announced at this luncheon that Broadcast Pioneers member Al Primo (the creator of the Eyewitness News format) will be inducted into the Broadcast Pioneers' Hall of Fame on Friday, November 20th. Tickets go on sale in August. We'll announce our "Person of the Year" and our other "Hall of Fame" inductees on our July summer tour. Details coming shortly.

Our panelists with Chairman of the Board Pat Delsi
Broadcast Pioneers Luncheon
Bala Golf Club, Philadelphia
Wednesday, June 17, 2015


Watch from the Broadcast Pioneers YouTube Channel!  

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

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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 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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