While Broadcast Pioneers member Tom Moran isn’t very tall in height, he’s large in talent and a giant in the industry. Former Broadcast Pioneers President Pat Delsi always tells this story. You would be listening to Tom Moran on WIP and later on WPEN and Tom would say, “It’s 4:11 and so am I (4’11”).
A native of Jersey City, New Jersey, Tom started in broadcasting during 1959 at a Wildwood, NJ radio station, WCMC. Tom moved to WCTC in New Brunswick, New Jersey where he hosted a variety of shifts for four years. From 1964 through 1967, Tom worked at a various radio stations in Philadelphia and New Jersey area including WHWH, WRCV, WBCB and WKDN until joining legendary station WIP in Philadelphia hosting Saturday and Sunday programs as well as serving as Music Director. He later went on to do afternoon drive for many years for the AM powerhouse.
For 17 years, Tom Moran was a mainstay on Philly’s WIP with other legends like Ken Garland, Tom LaMaine and Bill “Wee Willie” Webber. This was when WIP was owned by Metromedia and was THE station in town that everyone listened to. In February of 1984, after a reshuffling of air personalities at WIP, Tom Moran found himself no longer in the lineup.
For the next two years, Tom worked part time at WWDB-FM as well as a booth announcer for Channel 6. Then in 1986, he moved to WPEN to be part of the “950 Family.” He worked there for seven years as a part-time air personality. In 1995 Tom joined WRDR-FM in Egg Harbor, New Jersey where he hosted the midday shift while remaining part-time at WPEN. In 1999, Tom went full-time at WPEN until on Friday, May 3, 2002, when Broadcast Pioneers member Tom Moran retired from broadcasting. But did he?
For years, Tom was hired by advertising agencies to do voice-over announcements for radio and television spots. To this day, he’s still doing commercials. On Friday, November 19, 2004, Tom Moran was inducted into our "Hall of Fame." Tom has served a three-year term on our Board of Governors, now called the Board of Directors.
Tom has five children, Margie, Tom, Colette, Jeff and Kevin. Moran said, “My first love is my family, then broadcasting and then railroading.” Moran is a conductor on the Cape May Seashore Railroad Line in Cape May, New Jersey. It’s his current favorite personal appearance.
On Friday evening, November 22, 2013, Tom Moran was honored as the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia's "Person of the Year."
From the official archives of the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia
Text written by Broadcast Pioneers member Gerry Wilkinson & Frank Hogan
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