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Another Third Wednesday Event!
Wednesday, July 19, 2017!

A Tour of WPVI, 6 abc - FREE

Space is Limited

85% of all space is already gone!

When it's gone - IT'S GONE!

11 am, 12 noon and 2 pm tours are already filled!

Still have spaces in the 10 am and 3 pm tours

ONLY E-MAIL RESERVATIONS ACCEPTED!

ONLY 15 SPACES LEFT!

WPVI - 6 abc
4100 City Avenue, Philadelphia
October 2010
(Photo by member Gerry Wilkinson)

Well, it's been 8 years since we last toured WPVI, 6 abc. Our membership has doubled in that time. Make your reservations to visit Channel 6 and see how things work from the inside.

Artist's Sketch
WPVI - 6 abc
4100 City Avenue, Philadelphia

But don't delay, these tours (5 in one day) will fill up fast. Once the space is gone, IT IS GONE. Hurry, snooze and you lose. The 11 am, 12 noon and 2 pm tours are now filled. Space still available in the 10 am and 3 pm tours.

Please, because space is very limited (20 people per tour), you need to make reservations quickly. Rush now!

"Where the Round Building Was"
shot from the station's parking lot
WPVI - 6 abc
4100 City Avenue, Philadelphia
October 2010
(Photo by member Gerry Wilkinson)

There will be five tour times: 10 am, 11 am, 2 pm and 3 pm. The 11 am, 12 noon and 2 pm tours are already filled. Space is still available on the 10 am and 3 pm tours.

YOU MUST ARRIVE 15 MINUTES BEFORE YOUR TOUR STARTS! Because of the sheer volume of Broadcast Pioneers attending this event, there will be no parking permitted on the 6ABC parking lot. With all of us, there just wouldn't be any parking spaces for their employees. Parking is available in the nearby areas including the hospital's lot (next to WPVI) for $5.00. You may be lucky enough to find street parking (but don't count on it). Public transportation stops at the corner.

Broadcast Pioneers members speaking with
WPVI's President Bernie Prazenica (a member of Broadcast Pioneers)
WPVI - 6 abc Summer Tour
July 21, 2009

E-mail reservations to rsvp@broadcastpioneers.com. Sorry, only e-mail reservations now being accepted. No more phone reservations! BE SURE TO TELL US WHICH TOUR YOU WISH TO TAKE! Reservations are required. Sign up early. Each tour is limited to 20 persons. Don't be shut out!

At these tours, we will be announcing who is our 2017 "Person of the Year." Also, we'll be telling you who we will be inducting into our Hall of Fame at our annual banquet in November.

WE WANNA SEE YOUR FACE IN THAT PLACE!

Another Third Wednesday Luncheon!
Wednesday, June 21, 2017!

A Celebration of 85 Years
of Channel 3

What a Luncheon
with 110 of your friends

Some of the attendees of the luncheon
Bala Golf Club, Philadelphia
Wednesday, June 21, 2017

At the end of June of this year, Channel 3 will complete 85 Years of telecasting here in Philadelphia. While they went through several owners and lots of managers, Channel 3 (now known as KYW-TV, CBS 3) has always been dear to people in the Delaware Valley.

(Top - left to right) Dick Sheeran and Robin Mackintosh
(Bottom - left to right) Carol Erickson, Pat Ciarrocchi and Marciarose Shestack
(All 5 are members of Broadcast Pioneers)
Bala Golf Club, Philadelphia
Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Our MC for the afternoon was the ever lovely Pat Ciarrocchi, former anchor and reporter for KYW-TV, CBS 3.

Included in this jubilee were the following speakers (in alaphabetical order): Anne Amico-Mirkin, Carol Erickson, Irv Grodsky, Trudy Haynes, Ed Hurst, Tom Lamaine, Robin Mackintosh, Gary Mirkin, Dick Sheeran, Marciarose Shestack and Mike Strug. Also saying a few words was Stephanie Lester (Claire Kasser) who was on one of the station's soap operas two-thirds of a century ago.

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.

We have complete video of this luncheon available on our YouTube Channel. We put a link here to make it easy to watch. Just double click on link.

Watch the Video

(video courtesy of Broadcast Pioneers VP Brad Seecof and Metramedia Broadcasting & Studios)

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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 pioneers@broadcastpioneers.com. 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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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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