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Another "Third Wednesday" Luncheon!
Wednesday, April 16th!

What a Luncheon!
With a 110 of Your Friends!

Our latest Broadcast Pioneers luncheon was a "Spring Potpourri of Broadcasting!" It was held at the Bala Golf Club, 2200 Belmont Avenue in Philadelphia on Wednesday, April 16th (that's the third Wednesday of the month).

Our MC for the day was Sue Serio, Fox 29 Meteorologist. We had four marvelous speakers for your enjoyment. They were):

John DeBella, morning man on WMGK-FM, 102.9, 6 am to 9 am daily
Matt DeLucia, NBC 10 Reporter/Broadcast Pioneers 2005 Scholarship Winner
Blaise Howard, Vice-President & General Manager of WBEB-FM, More FM
Kristin Long, Vice-President of Sales for Tribune Broadcasting & WPHL-TV

Our 2014 Scholarship Winners with
President Jerry Klein and Chairman of the Board Gerry Wilkinson
Bala Golf Club, Philadelphia
Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Plus, we awarded twenty $1,000 scholarships to area college students during the luncheon. It all took 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.

Our scholarship winners for this year were:

Danielle Andrade - University of Delaware
Cody Barr - LaSalle University
Mike Brown - LaSalle University
Grace Chimel - Temple University
N'Dia Dugue - LaSalle University
Lindsey Giannini - Rowan University
Micolina Hernandez - Temple University
Lauren Hight - Cabrini College
Tyler Horst - Temple University
Katherine McMeans - Kutztown University
Grace Nonnemaker - Temple University
Kevin Otte - Temple University
Sutton Pakenham-Laltrello - Stockon College
Thomas Perkins - Drexel University
Kyle Phillippi - Rowan University
Taylor Plunkett-Clements - Temple University
AnaLee Rodriguez - Gwynedd Mercy University
Briella Tomassetti - University of Delaware
Sarah Veronis - Temple University
Lydia Young - Temple University

Video of our Luncheon Speakers!

Video of our 20 Scholarship Winners!

Videos courtesy of Board Member Brad Seecof and Metramedia Studios

Our next luncheon will be on Wednesday, May 21st. (Again, that's the third Wednesday of the month). We'll feature some speakers like Tommy McCarthy, music director of WOGL Radio and Jim Murray, co-host of Remember When on WPHT Radio. He was also the General Manager of the Philadelphia Eagles and co-founder of the Philadelphia Ronald MacDonald Houses. Plus, Rock and Roll legend Charlie Gracie will join us for 20-25 minutes of fun and excitement. Make plans to be there. (More details coming soon!)


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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YouTube Channel

You'll love our brand new Broadcast Pioneers YouTube Channel. More and more of our videos will be added to this channel in the future, so keep checking back. You can visit us on our YouTube channel at: or just click on the link below!

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(Left to right) Members Mike Strug and Lew Klein
Lew Klein's home
Monday, December 30, 2013

Member Mike Strug talks with Lew Klein (former president and chairman of the board of this organization) in another episode of "Pioneers of Philadelphia Broadcasting."

Watch the entire 38 minute interview!

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Our Mystery Photo for April 2014

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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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