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THIS IS A MUST!

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.

Come out and join us on Wednesday, October 19th. We'll be sharing 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 will be member Marc Howard, who was an anchor for many years at the same station as Carter Merbreier, WPVI.

Our speakers, in alphabetical order, will be (subject to change):

Lew Klein, the one guy responsible for getting Captain Noah on television
Dave Roberts, former weathercaster on WPVI. He shared an office with Carter
Elaine Skypala, former Associate Producer of the Captain Noah Program

Plus, live on the phone from New York City, 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 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! E-mail: rsvp@broadcastpioneers.com. Don't miss this one! THIS EVENT IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! Make plans to be there.

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 written in advance. Checks should 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!

WE'LL BE PROUD TO SEE YOU IN THE CROWD!

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

TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW!

JERRY BLAVAT!

2016 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)

"HALL OF FAME" LIVING HONOREES!

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

"HALL OF FAME" POSTHUMOUS HONOREES!

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

TICKETS NOW ON SALE!

ORDER FORM FOR TICKETS!

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!

Make plans to be there! A major portion of the ticket price may be deductible on your federal income tax. Ask your tax advisor for details! Tickets must be purchased in advance. Absolutely no tickets available at the door.

WE'LL BE PROUD TO SEE YOU IN THE CROWD!

A New Season of
Third Wednesday Luncheons!

Good Food - Great Programs - Interesting Times

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

How the media covered 9-11

What a Luncheon!

(Left to right) Terry Ruggles, Robin Mackintosh, Harry Donahue,
Karen Curry, Tony Hanson, Tim Lambert and Jay Lloyd
Picture taken from Jersey City, NJ
Sunday, October 8, 2000

We started off our new season of "Third Wednesday" luncheons with a very interesting one. It was all about how the media covered the most horrible terrorist attacks on our shores, 9-11.

It's been 15 years since the 411 police, fire fighters and paramedics gave their lives trying to protect those they were serving, the people. It's been a decade and a half since the almost three thousand people lost their lives because of these attacks.

Our MC for the afternoon was Jay Lloyd from KYW Newsradio. Jay was covering the story from Washington, DC and the attack on the Pentagon.

Our panel, in alphabetical order, was:

Karen Curry, Executive Director of the Rudman Institute at Drexel
Harry Donahue, former KYW Newsradio Morning News Co-Anchor
Tony Hanson, former 1060, KYW Newsradio Street Reporter
Tim Lambert, Multimedia News Director for WITF in Harrisburg, PA
Robin Mackintosh, former KYW-TV, CBS 3 News Reporter
Terry Ruggles, former NBC 10, WCAU-TV Anchor and Street Reporter

MORE ABOUT OUR PANELISTS:

Karen Curry in 2001 was Executive Producer for the CNN News Network's coverage of 9-11 and its aftermath. She was Vice-President and New York Bureau Chief. Previously, she was NBC News' London Bureau Chief. There, she managed the largest bureau outside the U.S. and directed coverage of the United Kingdom and elsewhere including the death of Princess Diana.

Harry Donahue is well-known throughtout the Delaware Valley as the former morning news anchor on 1060, KYW Newsradio, the all-news radio voice of the Delaware Valley. Harry held that position for a quarter of a century and it was Harry who was on the air at the time of the terrorists attacks. It was he who first brought us the information on KYW Newsradio.

Tony Hanson is a highly regarded former street reporter for 1060, KYW Newsradio. When the big story broke, there's a good chance that Tony was there with a microphone in his hand. As far as 9-11, he was on the ground throughout the City of New York and Northern New Jersey with many news stories about the terrible situation in the Big Apple and at ground zero.

Tim Lambert was, in 2001, a reporter/anchor for WGET Radio, Gettysburg. Two years later, he moved to WITF, Harrisburg. In 2007, he was the only Pennsylvania broadcast journalist honored with a national Murrow Award for his report on the 5th anniversary of the crash of Flight 93. The story was a personal one for Tim; his family owned a portion of the crash site.

Robin Mackintosh is known as "a reporter's reporter" covering news in the Delaware Valley for over a third of a century for KYW-TV. Robin was one of the local television reporters on the ground during the station's live 9-11 coverage. Robin Mackintosh was also involved in numerous KYW-TV, CBS 3 broadcasts about 9-11 memorials and the aftermath of the attack.

Terry Ruggles, a member of Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia, joined WCAU-TV (now NBC 10) in 1974. His middle name should really be "Disaster." Since then, he has covered disaster after disaster. Hurricanes, Snowstorms, TMI and 9-11. He was in the Big Apple keeping the Delaware Valley informed with the aftermath of the World Trade Center disaster.

This was a serious topic and our panelists tried to tell you how it looked from their perspective. If you want to learn, you were there.

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. Call now for reservations.

Shortly, we will be posting complete video, so keep checking back!

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

Member Mike Strug
at the studios of More FM
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.

Watch the Video!

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

Our Mystery Photo for September 2016

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