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Wednesday, October 19th


He was our friend. Many of us knew him personally. We loved him and now, we miss him. However, Captain Noah will live on in the memories of his friends and his millions of viewers.

On Wednesday, October 19th, we shared stories and lots of memories about the rascally ol' Captain.

Captain Merbreier once said that he can't really decide if he was Carter Merbreier or Captain Noah. The answer is simple. He was both. Not sure, you can separate them. Why would you want to?

Our MC for the afternoon was member Marc Howard, who was an anchor for many years at the same station as Carter Merbreier, WPVI.

Our speakers were, in alphabetical order:

Ed Cunningham, producer of WHYY-TV's "Philly's Favorite Kid Shows Hosts"
Bobby Kravitz, well-known Channel 6 camera operator and photojournalist
Linda Munich, former WPVI-TV, 6abc Vice-President of Public Affairs
Dave Roberts, former weathercaster on WPVI. He shared an office with Carter
Steve Sacks, former WPVTI-TV, 6abc camera operator and technician
Elaine Skypala, former Associate Producer of the Captain Noah Program

Plus, live on the phone from New York City, we had Art Moore. Art worked at Channel 6 for quite awhile in Production and is now VP of Programming for WABC-TV (new York) and producer of "Live with Kelly," the Kelly Ripa Show.

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.

Pictures and video of this luncheon are coming soon. Keep checking back. They will be available soon.


Announcing Our 2016 Honorees
for Hall of Fame and Person of the Year




Watch our "Pioneers of Philadelphia Broadcasting" episode shot at the office of Broadcast Pioneers member Jerry Blavat. Member Mike Strug spoke with him for this fantastic half-hour personal one-on-one interview where "The Boss with the Hot Sauce" talks about his life and how he became "The Geator with the Heater."

Watch the Program!

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


Monique Braxton, NBC 10 News Journalist/Reporter for sixteen years
Natasha Brown, CBS 3 News Anchor for "Eyewitness News" on weekends
Jerry Del Colliano, nationally known expert on broadcasting/interactive media
Paul Gluck, TUTV manager, former executive at several Philadelphia stations
Bob Kravitz, photo journalist at most every television in our marketplace
Jim Loftus, President and CEO at More FM, number one station in the city
Barry Magarick is the founder and the president of Magarick Advertising
Tommy McCarthy, former music director at CBS Radio's WOGL-FM, 98.1
Marty Moss-Coane, longtime WHYY "Radio Times" host/executive producer
David Murphy, weekday meteorologist for morning & noon "Action News"
Michael Stairs, well-known organist for the famed Philadelphia Orchestra
Michael Tearson, air personality for as long as Rock Music has been on FM


Barry Cassell, well-known radio and television announcer in the 50s and 60s
Fred Ficke, WHYY-TV stage manager coaching US Presidents to TV 12 staff
Steve Fredericks, famed radio sports host and commentator for WCAU & WIP
Bill Kimble, he "kimblized" you as you listened on WPEN, Station of the Stars
Pinky Kravitz, "Mr. Atlantic City" and host of "Pinky's Corner" for 57 years
David Miller, worked for W3XE (Philco) and put Channel 6 on the air in 1947
Marie Pantarelli, former assistant for George Koehler & Lew Klein for 50 years
Jess Schooley, former WCAU-TV stage manager for most Channel 10 shows
Joan Stack, well-known celebrity interviewer and Bucks County radio host
Ron Tindiglia
, credited with developing the Action News format here in Philly



Prices are $88 for members (each member can buy ONLY one ticket at the member price) and $98 for everyone else (including spouses, friends and guests). Our MCs for the event will again be members Larry Kane and Dom Giordano.

The event will once again take place at the Hilton City Avenue, 4200 City Avenue, Philadelphia. The date is Friday, November 18th. The reception is at 6 pm and dinner is served at 7 pm. Doors open at 5:45 pm. Cash bar all night long. Valet parking is $10. Event lot parking is $5. THIS EVENT IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

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Member Jim Loftus
at the studios of More FM
Pioneers of Philadelphia Broadcasting
Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Member Mike Strug
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Pioneers of Philadelphia Broadcasting
Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Watch our latest "Pioneers of Philadelphia Broadcasting" episode shot at the studios of More FM. Member Mike Strug spoke with the President and CEO of More FM, member Jim Loftus. Watch this fantastic half-hour personal one-on-one interview where you find out more about Jim Loftus who will be inducted into our Hall of Fame this November.

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

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