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Our 2017 Honorees
for Hall of Fame and Person of the Year!


Friday evening, November 17, 2017




It's the event of the year. It's a WHO'S WHO of Broadcasting. Everyone, pretty near, who's anyone will be there. Don't be left out. Send for your tickets now. Once they're gone, they're gone. It's our annual banquet. We honor our "Person of the Year" and our inductees into our "Hall of Fame." ABSOLUTELY NO TICKETS AT THE DOOR!

It's a family type event. Bring your parents, your children, your spouse, the rest of your relatives and all of your friends. It's that type of event. Make Plans to be there.

Broadcast Pioneers member Ralph "Bud" Galow

Broadcast Pioneers member Ralph "Bud" Galow worked for over four decades at KYW Radio. He engineered the very first KYW Newsradio "all news, all the time" newscast in September of 1965. Three months earlier, he was at the controls when WRCV Radio became KYW Radio. Galow is the first engineer/technician ever to receive the honor of "Person of the Year" from Broadcast Pioneers.


Hear the beginning of KYW Newsradio from September 21, 1965

On our next audio clip, you'll hear Reggie Lavong and Pat Delsi. It takes place seconds before 5 am on June 19, 1965. This is the on air switch for 1060 on AM radio, when WRCV became KYW Radio. Reggie is the musical host and Pat does the news. In retrospect, it is also fitting that the first bit of programming after the sign-on announcement is a KYW Radio newscast. This is a slightly edited version.

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Dave Abramson, Chief Engineer for the Phillies, former WPHL Director
Ray Didinger, sports producer, writer, author and WIP air personality
Dave Frankel, former 6 abc & CBS 3 Weather Guy and News Anchor
Charlene Horne, editor, videographer, CBS 3 Video Editing Supervisor
Pete Kane, WCAU-TV, NBC 10 photojournalist for a third of a century
Bob Kelly, morning Traffic Reporter for Fox 29's "Good Day Philadelphia"
T. Morgan, well-known area air personality and programmer for 50 years
Herman Rush, former Chairman and CEO for Coca-Cola Communications
Karen Scioli, Saturday Night Dead's Stella/Production Coordinator for COPS
Dick Standish, reporter for KYW Newsradio & CBS 3's Eyewitness News
Pat Stoner, theater and film critic for WHYY and syndicated "Flicks" program
Rick Williams, Executive Producer for WPVI's evening Action News shows


Murray Arnold, former station executive for radio stations WIP and WPEN
Doug Arthur, well-known air personality for decades on WIBG & WCAU
Ray Bowley, WPTZ Chief Engineer and Westinghouse Director of Engineering
Jonathan P. Casey, well-known South Jersey area air personality & programmer
Frank Chirkinian, CBS Sports Director & Producer, previously at WCAU-TV
Betty Killner Davis, W3XE/WPTZ television performer from 75 years ago
Mike Grant, former WCAU Radio announcer and station Program Director
Bob Knox, WIBG's The Gray Ghost, area newscaster and station disc jockey
Keneth Simons, pioneer of the development of cable television in the U.S.A.



Several people asked about having an order form for purchasing ads. You can advertise your business or you can just decide to place a congratulatory ad. Payment is required in advance. Deadline for ads (including payment) is October 20, 2017.


Ticket prices are $88 for members (each member can buy ONLY one ticket at the member price) and $98 each for everyone else (including spouses, friends and guests). Our co-emcees this year are Dom Giordano and Pat Ciarrocchi.

The event will once again take place at the Hilton City Avenue, 4200 City Avenue, Philadelphia. The date is Friday, November 17th. 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.

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.


Another Third Wednesday Luncheon!
Wednesday, October 18, 2017!



Jane "Pixanne" Norman
at her Bala Cynwyd home
Monday morning, January 2, 2017

Jane Norman did it all! She was a singer, composer, writer and television personality. She began her musical career at age three, and at age eight one of her compositions was performed by the renowned Philadelphia Orchestra.

She went on to create and star in the nationally syndicated award-winning television show PIXANNE, which received a 12 rating and 62% share of audience when it aired on CBS, where it out-rated every other program, including soap operas and early evening news-a rare TV phenomenon.

With a handful of “pixie dust” and an ocean full of talent, Jane Norman flew into the hearts of millions of children who watched her as PIXANNE for 17 years on local and national television.

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Watch Half-hour Interview with Jane Norman

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

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

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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 tribute to Jane Norman was a star-studded event. Our MC for the afternoon was former WCAU-TV News Personality, Bill Baldini. (Special note: If you watch the interview we did with Jane in January, you'll notice someone very familiar doing the interviewing. It's Bill Baldini, so it just made sense to bring Bill back as our MC.)

(Left to right) Liz Stadler, Paul Jost, Dean Schneider, Kevin MacConnell
Jim Craine, Gerry Wilkinson and Bill Baldini
Bala Golf Club, Philadelphia
Wednesday afternoon, October 18, 2017

Our speakers included::

Jerry Blavat who will be telling us all about the era of the host of local Philadelphia Children's programs. Jerry was doing his Discophonic Scene telecast at WCAU-TV while Jane portrayed Pixanne on the same station. Jerry was delayed. He was returning from Florida when his flight was cancelled. He was rescheduled on a later flight, but he didn't have enough time to get to Philadelphia, so we spoke with him LIVE from his airplane.

Ed Cunningham, producer, writer of the smash hit, the WHYY-TV Special from ten years ago, "Philly's Favorite TV Kids Show Hosts."

David Madden, KYW News reporter and anchor who used to watch Jane Norman's "Pixanne" show when he was a child.

Steve Ross and Jim Murray of the long running radio program, "Remember When." It was an interesting era in television in the sixties.

Jim Craine, radio host "The Jim Craine Show" at WOND, 1400 AM at the shore. Heard Saturday evenings from 8 to 10 pm.

Liz Stadler, Jane Norman's granddaughter who presented to the organization, Jane's original Pixanne costume and other memorabilia for the Broadcast Pioneers Archives.

Plus, the trio of musicians who performed on many of Jane's recordings. They are: Paul Jost, Dean Schneider and Kevin MacConnell.

This 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.


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