Official B-101 Photo
President and Owner WBEB 101.1 FM - Philadelphia
Jerry Lee and David L. Kurtz built the first FM station to bill $1 million which today is the last major market stand-alone station in America.
BA in Economics from Youngstown University
Management Consultant for "Profit Counselors" of New York and Chicago
Manager of WAQE-FM (now WLIF) in Baltimore
A Brief History of Jerry Lee and B-101.1
Jerry Lee creates a custom-designed "Beautiful Music" format (station started broadcasting on May 13th) and within four months 101 FM becomes the #1 rated FM station in Philadelphia and goes on to become not only the first big success in FM but instrumental in establishing the viability of the FM Band.
Arbitron lists 101 FM the #1 FM in the nation in audience size
101 becomes the first station to bill $1 million - $5 million in 2002 dollars
Produces the first professionally made TV spot for a radio station
Jerry is first elected to the Board of the NAB and today is the longest serving member with 21 years of service as of June 2006.
Appointed to serve on the Advisory Committee of the House Communications Subcommittee for the rewrite of the Communications Act.
Co-founded the Grass Roots Government Affairs lobbying arm of the NAB.
Developed the concept of The Broadcast Minority Fund, responsible for $100 million in loans to provide minority ownership of broadcast properties.
President of The Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia
Becomes a member of COLRAM (Committee on Local Radio Audience Measurement) of the NAB and is now its longest serving member.
President of the National Broadcast Pioneers (predecessor organization of the Broadcast Foundation)
Created the Arbitron Advisory Council, which allowed, for the first time, Arbitron to interact with broadcasters to address their needs
Visits The White House to present President Reagan with his original microphone from station WHO, Des Moines, and inducts him into the Broadcast Pioneers with a microphone lapel pin.
Created the Broadcast Industry Council to Improve American Productivity, which spearheaded national campaigns for Literacy, Productivity and Exports.
Joins a nine-person delegation which signs a Quality Accord with mainland China on behalf of the American Society of Quality Control
Founded The Professional Management Principles Foundation, devoted to improving the effectiveness of management. PMP conducted regular seminars with instructors from The Ford Motor Company.
Received the first of two of The President's Private Sector Initiative Awards on behalf of The Broadcast Productivity Council.
Received the second President’s Private Sector Initiative Award from President Bush
Appointed to the committee to help establish free broadcasting in Eastern European countries
Reelected to the NAB Board - the NAB board member with the longest overall tenure
Elected to the Board of Directors of University City Science Center, Philadelphia
Elected to the Board of Directors of LibertyNet, Philadelphia
Initiates major learning program for the Philadelphia School System, designed to greatly reduce the number of Seventh Graders who are held back each year. The program uses customized interactive multimedia to improve each student’s weak areas.
Jerry named "Broadcaster of the Year" by "Radio Ink" magazine at the RAB conference in Atlanta, February 1997
Given the Broadcast Foundation’s American Broadcast Pioneer Award for a history of distinguished contribution to the industry
Elected to the Board of Directors, Broadcasters' Foundation, Inc.
Named “Person of the Year” by the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia and inducted into the Pioneers’ Hall of Fame.
Funds a study to determine the cost effectiveness of technology in the learning process. Grant is used to research why Union City went from one of the worst to one of the best performing school districts in New Jersey.
Received the "Great Friend to Kids" Philanthropy Award form the Please Touch Museum, Philadelphia
Invited to serve as Head of the Advisory Board of the University of Maryland’s School of Criminology’s “Preventing Crime” program.
Named to the National Advisory Board of the Salvation Army.
As a member of the Board of the Salvation Army, Jerry initiated a series of programs that aid children; one is to curtail child abuse and another to collect toys for needy children. These programs often start as local programs that are used as prototypes for national campaigns
Elected head of Drexel University's Department of Education's Advisory Board, Philadelphia
Jerry spearheads a drive to promote OES, Optimum Effective Scheduling, as a major weapon in radio's success story for advertisers
Jerry is asked to join the Board of Philadelphia Reads, a literacy effort headed by the Mayor of Philadelphia
The Jerry Lee Foundation, with the assistance of the Broadcast Industry Council and National Broadcast Association for Community Affairs, established an award of $2,500 to annually recognize outstanding community service programs, or programs, news series or public service campaigns promoting or examining the demonstrated effectiveness of local crime prevention programs
Jerry named Radio Broadcaster of the Year by the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters
Long standing member of the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters
Jerry elected Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Greater Philadelphia Salvation Army
Establishes the Jerry Lee Center of Criminology at the University of Pennsylvania. The Center will be the foremost organization dedicated to research the root causes of crime.
Member of the Board of the Radio Advertising Bureau
Elected to the Hall of Fame by the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters (PAB)
Head of Research Committee for RAEL (Radio Advertising Effectiveness Laboratory)
Member of the Board of Trustees of The Campbell Collaboration. The mission of the Campbell Collaboration is to provide decision makers with sound evidence in implementing and evaluating policies in the areas of education, crime prevention and social services.
Named to the Board of the American Academy of Political and Social Science
Honorary Fellow of the Academy of Experimental Criminology
Named to the Board of Advisors of the Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy
Recipient of the Caring Institute Award
Inducted into the “Broadcasting and Cable” Hall of Fame.
November 22, 2004, the U. S. Senate confirmed Jerry’s appointment by President George W. Bush to serve a 4-year term on the National Board for Education Sciences.
Re-elected to the Board of the Broadcasters’ Foundation
Recipient of the 2006 Malcolm Beville Award for Research
Funded the creation of the Stockholm Prize in Criminology. The $150,000 prize honors the Criminologist who has done the most to advance crime and justice in the world. The Prize was given out for the first time on June 16, 2006 in the same venue as the Nobel Prize by the Minister of Justice of Sweden.
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