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Another "Third Wednesday" Luncheon!
Wednesday, October 21, 2015!

Extra Special!

Latest Shake-up at More FM, WBEB-FM!

The only constant is change, especially in our business. This luncheon is right from industry headlines. Find out everything that's going on at More FM, WBEB-FM.

Early in November, the radio station, one of the few independent major market operations in the country will have a new president and CEO, Jim Loftus who will report to the station's board of directors. Jerry Lee moves from President to Chairman of the Board. Blaise Howard is no longer with the station. Member Jay Meyers has joined the board and will be responsible for day to day operations until Lotus starts in November.

This luncheon is so today that we postponed our originally scheduled luncheon to bring everyone up-to-date and give you a chance to meet some of the true movers and shakers in radio broadcasting.

Our speakers will include (in alphabetical order):

Chuck Knight, their Program Director for More FM, WBEB-FM
Jerry Lee, the new Chairman of the Board of the station, More FM
Jim Loftus, new President & CEO OF More FM (effective 11-2-15)
Jay Meyers, the newest member of the station's board of directors
Jenn Ryan, longtime WBEB Personality & one half of the morning show

It all takes place on Wednesday, October 21st at the beautiful Bala Golf Club, 2200 Belmont Avenue in Philadelphia! Just minutes away from Channels 6, 10 and 17 plus the radio stations in Bala Cynwyd. Tons of free parking.

Meet and greet (networking) starts at 12 noon with a full-course lunch including salad, coffee or tea and dessert being served at 12:30 pm. There's also a snack table. Cash bar available! The cost is still only $28 per person and is open to all our members, any person in the industry or associated fields; both people now active and retirees. You do NOT have to be a member to attend. Make your reservations early by calling (856) 365-5600. It's going to be a great turn out. Attending this luncheon is the biggest "no-brainer" on the planet! Be there and say hi to old friends (and make some new ones).

If you miss this one, you will have missed an extraordinary experience and a good time! But don't worry. Your friends and colleagues will tell you about it. RESERVATIONS ARE CRUCIAL! Don’t wait until the last minute, reserve now! This is sure to be another blockbuster turn out. Make your reservation now by calling (856) 365-5600. This is THE place to be on Wednesday, October 21st!

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 Annual Banquet!
Friday, November 20, 2015!

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

235 Tickets Already Sold!

Bob Pantano
Broadcast Pioneers' 2015 "Person of the Year"

Broadcast Pioneers member Bob Pantano is the host of the Saturday Night Dance Party in Philadelphia on 98.1 WOGL. This is the first and longest running radio dance party in the nation, now celebrating 38 years.

Bob Pantano, a South Philadelphia native, started spinning at the record hops in the late 1960s and then the nightclubs in the 70s. His professional radio career began on WCAM in Camden, New Jersey in 1971. Bob pioneered the live-radio broadcast, The Saturday Night Dance Party, in 1977, which airs every Saturday night live from 7:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. and has enthralled and entertained Philadelphia audiences with its upbeat dance music.

"Hall of Fame" - Living Inductees

Lynne Barrett, TV personality & voice over announcer from the 40s to the 70s
Tracy Davidson, NBC 10 News Anchor & Reporter & 6-time Emmy Winner
Jim Donovan, CBS 3 Consumer Affairs Reporter & 13-time Emmy Winner
Harvey Holiday, 98.1, WOGL Air Personality for the last quarter century
Dick Kearney, former WCAU Cameraman Extraordinaire & Emmy winner
Lauren Lipton, currently, the KYW Newsradio Morning Drive News Editor
Marian Lockett-Egan, advertising guru & former leader of Broadcast Pioneers
Al Primo, the person who changed television news across the nation forever
Pierre Robert, long-time radio DJ & air personality on 93.3, WMMR Radio
Karen Rogers, morning Traffic/Weather Anchor for Action News, 6ABC
Joe Tarsia, founder/owner of Sigma Sound Studios with 100s of Gold Records
Marlin Taylor, father of the "beautiful music radio format & former PD at WDVR

"Hall of Fame" - Posthumous Inductees

Don Cannon, former radio air personality at several different stations in town
Mark Drucker, KYW Newsradio reporter, former newsman for John DeBella
Aldo Farnese, former TV Children's Air Personality on WKBS & Channel 29
Dick Heist, suburban station announcer/air personality for many decades
Helen Pulaski Innes, WIP's first female Program Director & that was in 1922
Lee McCarthy, former NBC correspondent & Channel 29 news anchor/reporter
Wynn Moore, former radio talk show host at several stations in Philadelphia
Cozy Morley, popular Southern New Jersey entertainer, musician and comedian
Karin Phillips, former KYW Newsradio, 1060, community affairs reporter
Art Szcykalski, former WPHL, Channel 17 Manager of Engineering & Operations

Tickets on SALE Now!


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 20th. 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 Wanna See Your Face in That Place!

Our 14th Annual
College Student Symposium!

Saturday, November 7, 2015
at CBS 3, KYW-TV

Plenty of Tickets Left!


Some Students listening to our panel discussion
at the Broadcast Pioneers Symposium
Saturday, November 1, 2014

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 14th annual event will again be held at the studios of CBS 3, KYW-TV. The date is Saturday morning, November 7, 2015 from 9 am to 12 noon. We start off with eats and soft drinks and end with a pizza lunch and more sodas.


There's a tour of the CBS 3, KYW-TV and the CW Philly 57 facilities. For as long as time permits, get your photo taken seating on the "Eyewitness News" set (depending on the availability of the studio). There's a free pizza lunch afterwards for you to speak one on one with our panel and Broadcast Pioneers officers.


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For our membership list, you MUST be a member of Broadcast Pioneers. Our monthly electronic newsletter comes via e-mail. Also, other announcements. If you are a member and not receiving your e-mails, please contact us by calling (856) 365-5600 or email us at:

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If you are currently an undergraduate student attending a college or university in the Delaware Valley, or a college student whose home residence is in the Delaware Valley, you qualify. Signing up for this list is for STUDENTS only. You'll receive information about our scholarships, our symposiums (at area TV stations) and our career nights (at area college campuses). Plus, you may be selected to attend a Broadcast Pioneers luncheon or our annual banquet at no cost to you. Click on the box below to sign up. Please note: many university servers block e-mails that are going to many people at one time. To assure you receiving our e-mails, we suggest you use a non-university e-mail address.

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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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(Left to right) Members Marc Howard, Mike Stug & Brad Seecof
at Marc Howard's Main Line Home
Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Watch our latest "Pioneers of Philadelphia Broadcasting" episode shot at Broadcast Pioneers member Marc Howard's home. Member Mike Strug asks the questions to get Marc to tell us all about his career. It's a wonderful half-hour shot with two HD air quality television cameras.

Watch the program!

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

Our Mystery Photo for October 2015

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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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