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Broadcast Pioneers; the Official Historians of Philadelphia Radio & Television!

Announcing Our 2016 Honorees
for Hall of Fame and Person of the Year

JERRY BLAVAT!

2016 PERSON OF THE YEAR!

Watch our "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)

"HALL OF FAME" LIVING HONOREES!

Monique Braxton, NBC 10 News Journalist/Reporter for sixteen years
Natasha Brown, CBS 3 News Anchor for "Eyewitness News" on weekends
Jerry Del Colliano, nationally known expert on broadcasting/interactive media
Paul Gluck, TUTV manager, former executive at several Philadelphia stations
Bob Kravitz, photo journalist at most every television in our marketplace
Jim Loftus, President and CEO at More FM, number one station in the city
Barry Magarick is the founder and the president of Magarick Advertising
Tommy McCarthy, former music director at CBS Radio's WOGL-FM, 98.1
Marty Moss-Coane, longtime WHYY "Radio Times" host/executive producer
David Murphy, weekday meteorologist for morning & noon "Action News"
Michael Stairs, well-known organist for the famed Philadelphia Orchestra
Michael Tearson, air personality for as long as Rock Music has been on FM

"HALL OF FAME" POSTHUMOUS HONOREES!

Barry Cassell, well-known radio and television announcer in the 50s and 60s
Fred Ficke, WHYY-TV stage manager coaching US Presidents to TV 12 staff
Steve Fredericks, famed radio sports host and commentator for WCAU & WIP
Bill Kimble, he "kimblized" you as you listened on WPEN, Station of the Stars
Pinky Kravitz, "Mr. Atlantic City" and host of "Pinky's Corner" for 57 years
David Miller, worked for W3XE (Philco) and put Channel 6 on the air in 1947
Marie Pantarelli, former assistant for George Koehler & Lew Klein for 50 years
Jess Schooley, former WCAU-TV stage manager for most Channel 10 shows
Joan Stack, well-known celebrity interviewer and Bucks County radio host
Ron Tindiglia
, credited with developing the Action News format here in Philly

TICKETS GO ON SALE AUGUST 1st!

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 18th. The reception is at 6 pm and dinner is served at 7 pm. Doors open at 5:45 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.

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

Free Summer Tour
of WHYY-TV and Radio!
was Tuesday, July 12th at 12 noon!

What a Time We Had!

Duration is about one hour in length!


The lastest Broadcast Pioneers event took place on Tuesday, July 12th at 12 noon. It was a FREE tour of WHYY Radio and Television. They are our public NPR and PBS broadcast outlets for the Delaware Valley.

WHYY is located at 150 North 6th Street. That's 6th between Arch and Race in Center City Philadelphia. We met at 12 noon.

When we first met at 12 noon, we announced who will be our 2016 Person of the Year. Plus, we announced who will be our 12 living inductees to our Hall of Fame will be for this year. Several of them were with us. We also told you who our 10 posthumous inductees will be.

This was an exciting afternoon. Total running time for visiting both broadcast facilities was approx. 60 minutes in length.

Our next Broadcast Pioneers event will be on Wednesday, September 21st for lunch. Mark it on your calendars.

PHOTOS FROM THE TOUR!

Part of our group in the WHYY Civic Space used for television fundraising.
The control room for TV is in the background.

Part of our group listening to a little details about WHYY-TV and Radio

Gerry Wilkinson, CEO and Pat Delsi, Chairman of the Board
announcing who are our Hall of Fame inductees and who is our Person of the Year

Part of our group inside the WHYY-TV Studio

Part of our group inside the WHYY-FM Radio Studio

(left to right) Thad Kirk, WHYY Chief Engineer
Gerry Wilkinson, Broadcast Pioneers' CEO and former WHYY Television Producer
Art Ellis, Vice-President of Communications and Member Relations

(left to right) Members Michael Tearson and Tommy McCarthy
(both will be inducted into our Hall of Fame this November)

(left to right) Members Bill Kelley and Michael Muderick

All eight photos taken on Tuesday, July 12, 2016
at WHYY, 150 North 6th Street, Center City Philadelphia

All eight photos were taken by Broadcast Pioneers Board Member Bob Kravitz
(Bob Kravitz will be inducted into our Hall of Fame this November)

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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 July 2016

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