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Another "Third Wednesday" Luncheon!
Wednesday, April 15th!


45 Years of Action News!
What a Wonderful Time We Had!

Big Crowd! 120 People!

Breaking News! Action News is 45 Years Old in April. Everybody knows the theme song. Everyone knows the format and everyone knows the anchors!

120 of you came out and helped us celebrate 45 Years of ACTION NEWS! It all took place at the Bala Golf Club, 2200 Belmont Avenue in Philadelphia on Wednesday, April 15th (that's the third Wednesday of the month).

(Photos by Broadcast Pioneers Board Member Bob Kravitz)

Our MC for the afternoon was former WPVI-TV's Sports Director Joe Pellegrino. You remember the Action News promo where all the girls chased Joe. Pellegrino remembers!

Our speakers we re: (in alphabetical order):

Cathy Gandolfo, former 6abc Action News Street Reporter
Lew Klein, a Channel 6 manager when Action News started
Bob Kravitz, former Action News photojournalist
Monica Malpass, 6abc Action News 5 pm News Anchor

Plus, at this luncheon, we also awarded our twenty $1,000 scholarships to area college students. If you would like to underwrite a $1,000 scholarship for next year, please contact us.

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).

Video of Our Action News Speakers!
Video of our Scholarship Winners!

Videos courtesy of Board Member Brad Seecof and Metramedia Broadcasting and Studios

Some Pictures from the Luncheon

(Photos by Board Member Bob Kravitz)

Broadcast Pioneers Board Member Dr. Diego Castellanos
(Diego was our Scholarship Committee Chair)
Castellanos has been hosting "Puerto Rican Panorama" on WPVI for more than 4 decades

Former Broadcast Pioneers President & Chairman of the Board Lew Klein
(Klein was Executive Producer of "American Bandstand")
Lew was Channel 6's Program Director at the time "Action News" started

(Left to right) Members Cathy Gandolfo and Paul Gluck
(Cathy was a reporter for "Action News" for 4 decades)
(Gluck was News Director at WCAU-TV and later KYW-TV)

Broadcast Pioneers member Monica Malpass with
Broadcast Pioneers' Vice-President Brad Seecof
(Monica has been with "Action News" for more than a quarter of a century)

Action News Camera Operator John Turner
(John was there shooting footage of the event for "Action News"


Scholarship Winners!

At our Wednesday, April 15th luncheon, we awarded twenty $1,000 scholarships to area college students.

(Photos by Broadcast Pioneers Board Member Bob Kravitz)

Here's the list of winners. They are in alphabetical order:

Vincent Balestrino - Sophomore at LaSalle University
Josh Cimbol - Sophomore at Temple University
Jeff Cindric - Junior at Drexel University
Kyle R. Coulter - Junior at the University of Delaware
Lauren Dugan - Junior at Villanova University
Madison Elliott - Sophomore at LaSalle University
Anjelica Finore - Junior at West Chester University
Peter Fox - Junior at Drexel University
Kendal Nicole Lambert - Sophomore at Stockon College
Maren Larsen - Sophomore at Drexel University
Akasha Maples - Junior at Temple University
Corie Meredith - Sophomore at LaSalle University
Abby Moore - Sophomore at Temple University
Alex Petyerak - Sophomore at Temple University
Brendan Rigney - Junior at LaSalle University
Michael Taylor Sharkey - Junior at Temple University
Jacob Smolinski, Sophomore at La Salle University
Melissa Steininger - Junior at Temple University
Mirra Watkins - Sophomore at Community College of Philadelphia
Mark C. Wilson - Sophomore at LaSalle University

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