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Another Third Wednesday Luncheon!
Wednesday, March 15th, 2017!

Good Food - Great Programs - Wonderful Times

Rock & Roll is Here to Stay!
Lunch is only $28 per person!

Some of the Rock & Roll Artists at the
Broadcast Pioneers Luncheon
Bala Golf Club, Philadelphia
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
(Photo by member Bob Kravitz)


Hit After Hit, Smash After Smash, Blockbuster After Blockbuster... Here's another "monster" lunch where the "stars" don't wait to come out at night. They're there at lunchtime!

Our next Broadcast Pioneers luncheon is another "Rock & Roll Special!" It will be held at the Bala Golf Club, 2200 Belmont Avenue in Philadelphia on Wednesday, March 15th (that's the third Wednesday of the month). Meet and greet at 12 noon. Lunch will be served at 12:30 pm.

Our MC for the afternoon will be Cool Bobby B. His Doo-Wop oldies show can be heard on Sirius XM Radio. For the uninitiated, Cool Bobby B is Broadcast Pioneers member Bob Backman, who was General Manager of Channel 61 here in Philadelphia for 5 years. Bob is currently president of WDRE-TV in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.

Scheduled to appear (in alphabetical order):

Paul Big Bear, local well-loved area performer and singer
Stephen Caldwell, male lead of the Original Orlons
Billy Carlucci of the group, "Billy and the Essentials"
Eddie Collins, former music director for "The Drifters"
Danny and the Juniors (featuring Joe Terry& Frank Maffei)
Stevie Doo Wop, a local Delaware Valley nightclub performer
Johnny B. Hall and Art Wilson (sometimes called "The Boys")
Meagan Hill, Actress, Singer and voice-over announcer
Kenny Jeremiah, formerly of "The Soul Survivors"
Frank Jordan, formerly of "The Jordan Brothers"
The Rip Chords, Top Ten rock & roll artists from the sixties
Corky Warren of "Corky's Time Machine" TV Show

This takes 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. Call now for reservations. (856) 365-5600! Don't miss this one!

Plenty of FREE parking. Our luncheons are open to all our members, their guests and any person in the industry or associated fields, whether active or retired. You do NOT have to be a member to attend. There is no reserved seating at our luncheons. Feel free to sit anywhere. Well, okay--the three people on the camera crew sit near the cameras, but that's in the back of the room.

The cost is only a donation of $28 (or more) per person! In order to speed up check-in at the luncheon, it would help if you had exact change or your check already written. Checks can be made payable to the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia.

If you would like to add a few dollars extra, we would appreciate it. It would help us with all the important work we are doing. Thanks!


Another Third Wednesday Luncheon!
Wednesday, February 15th, 2017!

Wow! What a Luncheon!

(Left to right) Dan Baker, Skip Clayton, Tom Lamaine, Vince Papale
Pete Thompson, Lou Tilley and Joe Pellegrino
Bala Golf Club, Philadelphia
Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Philadelphia Style (PART 2)


We kicked off the New Year with our Sports Spectacular. So much was left undiscussed that we decided to continue the sports talk in February. Well, this was certainly another big smash.

Everyone who’s anyone was there! It all happened at the beautiful Bala Golf Club, 2200 Belmont Avenue in Philadelphia! Just minutes away from Channels 6, 10 and 17, plus the radio stations in Bala Cynwyd.

Our MC for the afternoon will again be Joe Pellegrino, former sports anchor for WPVI and WCAU-TV!!

Our panel included (in alpabetical order):

Dan Baker, public address announcer for the Philadelphia Phillies & sportscaster
Skip Clayton, sports book author, sports broadcaster and station programmer
Tom Lamaine, former WIP DJ/sportscaster & former KYW-TV meteorologist
Vince Papale, sports broadcaster and former Philadelphia Eagles football player
Pete Thompson, 97.3 ESPN Sports Host, former Sports Director, WMGM-TV
Lou Tilley, former KYW-TV Sports Director, now broadcasting football in China

Plus, we had a little fun time before the panel discussion started. We showed you 8 photos of well known broadcasters during their childhood. You got a chance to guess who you thought it was. What fun!

Also, we asked our panelists and moderator to come prepared with several humorous stories. It did. Wow, what stories.

Stay tuned for complete video of the luncheon coming soon.

Don't miss our next luncheon. This will be a big one. It's our annual "Rock and Roll is Here to Stay" luncheon. It's March 15th. SAVE THE DATE!


Our BIG 16th Annual Broadcast
Symposium and Pizza Lunch

Saturday, April 1, 2017!
at KYW-TV, CBS 3 

Some of the students on the Eyewitness News set
at the Broadcast Pioneers Symposium


This is the event that college students wait for all year! Once again, it's time for our annual Broadcast Pioneers Symposium. Area college students will see first hand a major market television station and will listen to advice from their staff.

This year, our 16th annual event will again be held at the studios of KYW-TV, CBS 3. The date is Saturday morning, April 1, 2017 from 9 am to 12 noon. We start off with eats and soft drinks and end with a pizza lunch and more sodas. Students can park for free in the KYW-TV parking lot next to the station. HOWEVER, PLEASE CARPOOL whenever possible!

PLEASE NOTE: These symposiums are an once a year event. Our last one last year was at WPVI-TV, 6abc in March of 2016. Miss this one and you'll have to wait until Spring 2018 (at NBC 10).

Each station is different. They operate different. They look different. They are different. So plan to go to each one!

It's Application Time
for our 20 Scholarships!

Deadline Has Passed!

It's time once again for area college students to start applying for one of our twenty $1,000.00 scholarships to be awarded in April of 2017.


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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 This would include photos, scans, audio, video and articles. This material may also be used on our website.

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(Left to right) Members Bill Baldini and Jane "Pixanne" Norman
at the home of Jane Norman
Monday morning, January 2, 2017

Watch our latest "Pioneers of Philadelphia Broadcasting" episode shot at the studios of More FM in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania. While you may know her as "Pixanne," she is, in reality, Broadcast Pioneers member Jane Norman. She is interviewed by member Bill Baldini.

Watch the interview on our YouTube Channel

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

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