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Another "Third Wednesday" Luncheon!
Wednesday, May 20th!


50 Years of Channel 29!

Plus Gene Crane!


Breaking News! WTXF-TV, Fox 29 is 50 Years Old in May 2015. You came out and helped us celebrate a half century of this market's first commercial UHF television station.

Our MC for the afternoon was Alex Holley, morning co-host of Fox 29's "Good Day Philadelphia."

Our speakers were: (in alphabetical order):

Dennis Bianchi, Vice-President and General Manager of Fox 29, WTXF
Howard Eskin, Fox 29's Sports Anchor & host of Fox 29 Sports Sunday
Doug Henson, the station's first newscaster back in 1965 when it was WIBF-TV
Sue Serio, Fox 29's Morning Weather Anchor for "Good Day Philadelphia"
Maryann Vaughn, Fox 29's Assistant News Director, started there as an intern



Member Bill Baldini talking with member Gene Crane
(on the right, producer Steve Sacks and director Brad Seecof )
Bala Golf Club, Philadelphia
Wednesday, May 20, 2015

It has been five years since member Gene Crane has joined us at a Broadcast Pioneers luncheon. That's because he lives in Mexico. However, Gene was in Philadelphia this spring and joined us at our May 20th luncheon. He said a few words telling us what he has been up to. By the way, Gene turns 95 years old on May 27th. We recorded a half-hour interview with Gene after the luncheon and it will be available on our YouTube Channel in the next few days.

This all happened 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 Channel 6. (Also close to channels 10 and 17 plus the radio stations in Bala Cynwyd).


Our first piece of video deals with Gene Crane's visit. You can watch it here direct from the Broadcast Pioneers' YouTube Channel.

Video of the Fox 29 part of our luncheon is available by clicking here! It's the entire Fox 29 program. Enjoy!

Videos courtesy of Broadcast Pioneers' VP Brad Seecof & Metramedia Broadcasting and Studios

Next Luncheon!

Our next luncheon will be on Wednesday, June 17th. The topic is "50 Years of Eyewitness News." Some of our speakers that day will be Member Al Primo who invented the format and changed television news forever. member Trudy Haynes, the first African-American television reporter in the Philadelphia market, member Marciarose Shestack, one-half of the first Eyewitness News team and CBS 3's current consumer reporter Jim Donovan. More details soon. Make plans to be with us.

Some Photos of the Luncheon!

Alex Holley, co-host of :Good Day Philadelphia"
Bala Golf Club, Philadelphia
Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Broadcast Pioneers Member Dennis Bianchi
Vice-President and General Manager of Fox 29
Bala Golf Club, Philadelphia
Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Broadcast Pioneers Member Sue Serio
"Good Day Philadelphia" Weather Anchor
Bala Golf Club, Philadelphia
Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Broadcast Pioneers Member Howard Eskin
Fox 29 Sports Anchor
Bala Golf Club, Philadelphia
Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Fox 29's Assistant News Director Maryann Vaughn
Bala Golf Club, Philadelphia
Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Broadcast Pioneers Member Doug Henson
11 pm News Anchor for Channel 29 in 1965
Bala Golf Club, Philadelphia
Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Broadcast Pioneers Member Gene Crane
Broadcast Pioneers Luncheon
Bala Golf Club, Philadelphia
Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Photo Credits: Bottom picture courtesy of member Michael Muderick
All other pictures in this story by member Gerry Wilkinson

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