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Another Third Wednesday Luncheon!
Wednesday, December 16, 2015!

It's Our Holiday Songfest!


Lunch is only $10
(if you are a paid up member)

Prices haven't been this low
since the 80s!

It's our traditional holiday gathering. Plenty of music, wonderful conversation and good cheer. It all takes place on Wednesday, December 16th at the Bala Golf Club.

If you are a member and your dues are paid up-to-date, your cost for the luncheon is only $10. It's our holiday gift to you. Everyone else is at the regular price of $28. You must reserve your space in advance by calling or e-mailing us in order to get the special $10 price.

Your dues aren't up-to-date? No problem! Pay what you owe and then your lunch is at the $10 charge. Not a member? No problem! Join that day and you'll get the $10 price.

In doubt as to whether your dues are up-to-date? E-mail us and we'll tell you. Just e-mail

Here's some details about the luncheon:

CBS 3's prime co-anchor Ukee Washington will be with us to lead in some holiday tunes. He'll be accompanied on the piano by Michael Stairs, organist for the Philadelphia Orchestra. Also on board is Kenny Jeremiah (formerly of the Soul Survivors), Eddie (Mr. Ed) Collins, Frank Jordan of the Jordan Brothers, Meagan Hill, Billy Carlucci of Billy and the Essentials and lots more. It will be a fun time for one and all.

It all takes place on Wednesday, October 21st 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. Tons of free parking.

Meet and greet (networking) starts at 12 noon with a full-course lunch including salad, coffee or tea and dessert being served at 12:30 pm. There's also a snack table. Cash bar available! The cost is still only $28 per person and is open to all our members, any person in the industry or associated fields; both people now active and retirees. You do NOT have to be a member to attend. However, if you're a paid up member, the cost is reduced to only $10. Prices haven't been this low in 30 years. ONLY PAID-UP MEMBERS WILL GET THE DISCOUNTED PRICE!

Make your reservations early by calling (856) 365-5600. It's going to be a really huge crowd. Attending this luncheon is the biggest "no-brainer" on the planet! Be there and say hi to old friends (and make some new ones).

If you miss this one, you will have missed an extraordinary experience and a good time! But don't worry. Your friends and colleagues will tell you about it. RESERVATIONS ARE CRUCIAL! Don’t wait until the last minute, reserve now! This is sure to be another blockbuster turn out. Make your reservation now by calling (856) 365-5600. This is THE place to be on Wednesday, December 16th!

Plenty of FREE parking. The cost is only a donation of $28 (or more) per person or $10 (or more) for a paid up member! 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!


Our Scholarship Competition!

Twenty $1,000 scholarships available!

Yes, once again it's the student's chance to win a Broadcast Pioneers scholarship for $1,000. Not only is the money important, but radio and television stations know that only the best of the best are awarded our scholarships. So, it may help you in getting that first job in the industry.

We have a simple online application for the student to fill in. It will take them less than 5 minutes to do so.

Here's all the information!

Our 50th Annual Banquet!
Friday, November 20, 2015!

Our "Person of the Year" &
"Hall of Fame" Inductees!

373 of your closest friends were there!

Bob Pantano
Broadcast Pioneers' 2015 "Person of the Year"

Broadcast Pioneers member Bob Pantano is the host of the Saturday Night Dance Party in Philadelphia on 98.1 WOGL. This is the first and longest running radio dance party in the nation, now celebrating 38 years. Bob was our 2015 "Person of the Year."

Bob Pantano, a South Philadelphia native, started spinning at the record hops in the late 1960s and then the nightclubs in the 70s. His professional radio career began on WCAM in Camden, New Jersey in 1971. Bob pioneered the live-radio broadcast, The Saturday Night Dance Party, in 1977, which airs every Saturday night live from 7:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. and has enthralled and entertained Philadelphia audiences with its upbeat dance music. Our MCs for the evening were Larry Kane and Dom Giordano.

"Hall of Fame" - Living Inductees

Lynne Barrett, TV personality & voice over announcer from the 40s to the 70s
Tracy Davidson, NBC 10 News Anchor & Reporter & 6-time Emmy Winner
Jim Donovan, CBS 3 Consumer Affairs Reporter & 13-time Emmy Winner
Harvey Holiday, 98.1, WOGL Air Personality for the last quarter century
Dick Kearney, former WCAU Cameraman Extraordinaire & Emmy winner
Lauren Lipton, currently, the KYW Newsradio Morning Drive News Editor
Marian Lockett-Egan, advertising guru & former leader of Broadcast Pioneers
Al Primo, the person who changed television news across the nation forever
Pierre Robert, long-time radio DJ & air personality on 93.3, WMMR Radio
Karen Rogers, morning Traffic/Weather Anchor for Action News, 6ABC
Joe Tarsia, founder/owner of Sigma Sound Studios with 100s of Gold Records
Marlin Taylor, father of the "beautiful music radio format & former PD at WDVR

"Hall of Fame" - Posthumous Inductees

Don Cannon, former radio air personality at several different stations in town
Mark Drucker, KYW Newsradio reporter, former newsman for John DeBella
Aldo Farnese, former TV Children's Air Personality on WKBS & Channel 29
Dick Heist, suburban station announcer/air personality for many decades
Helen Pulaski Innes, WIP's first female Program Director & that was in 1922
Lee McCarthy, former NBC correspondent & Channel 29 news anchor/reporter
Wynn Moore, former radio talk show host at several stations in Philadelphia
Cozy Morley, popular Southern New Jersey entertainer, musician and comedian
Karin Phillips, former KYW Newsradio, 1060, community affairs reporter
Art Szcykalski, former WPHL, Channel 17 Manager of Engineering & Operations

The Star Spangled Banner was sung by Board Member Bob Kravitz with piano accompaniment by Michael Stairs of the Philadelphia Orchestra. The invocation was done by Michael Muderick. At the piano for the rest of the evening was Broadcast Pioneers member John Primerano.

This was our BIG FUNDRAISER of the year. If you couldn't be with us in person, you can still do your part. If you make a contribution to us for the next couple of weeks, we will credit it to this fundraising event. So you can still be a part. But hurry before it's too late! Time is running out.

The Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia is a Pennsylvania non-profit corporation that is tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Membership fees, contributions and the bulk of our banquet tickets may be tax-deductible for federal income tax purposes. Consult your tax advisor.

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

Watch the red carpet pre-show!

Watch the posthumous Inductees video!

Watch the Lynne Barrett video and acceptance!

Watch Tracy Davidson!

Watch Jim Donovan!

Watch Harvey Holiday!

Watch Dick Kearney!

Watch Lauren Lipton!

Watch Marian Lockett-Egan!

Watch Al Primo!

Watch Pierre Robert!

Watch Karen Rogers!

Watch Joe Tarsia!

Watch Marlin Taylor!

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Broadcast Pioneers has four different e-mail alert mailing lists. Each one reaches a different category of people.

For our membership list, you MUST be a member of Broadcast Pioneers. Our monthly electronic newsletter comes via e-mail. Also, other announcements. If you are a member and not receiving your e-mails and newsletters, please contact us by calling (856) 365-5600 or email us at:

If you are not a member of Broadcast Pioneers but wish to be notified with news, upcoming Broadcast Pioneers events, luncheons and our annual banquet, you should sign up to our general public list. Click on the box below to sign up.

If you are currently an undergraduate student attending a college or university in the Delaware Valley, or a college student whose home residence is in the Delaware Valley, you qualify. Signing up for this list is for STUDENTS only. You'll receive information about our scholarships, our symposiums (at area TV stations) and our career nights (at area college campuses). Plus, you may be selected to attend a Broadcast Pioneers luncheon or our annual banquet at no cost to you. Click on the box below to sign up. Please note: many university servers block e-mails that are going to many people at one time. To assure you receiving our e-mails, we suggest you use a non-university e-mail address.

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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 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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(Left to right) Members Dorie Lenz, Brad Seecof and Steve Highsmith
at the studios of WPHL 17
Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Watch our latest "Pioneers of Philadelphia Broadcasting" episode shot at the studios of WPHL-TV. Dorie Lenz, who is a member of our board of directors was interviewed by member Steve Highsmith, PHL 17's Director of Community Relations and Local Programming. Putting the mike on Dorie is Broadcast Pioneers Vice-President Brad Seecof, who served as Director and one of the HD camera operators. The other camera operator was board member Steve Sacks who also served as producer. It's a wonderful 22 minutes shot with two HD air quality television cameras. We would like to thank WPHL for allowing us to shoot this at their facility.

Watch the Program!

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

Our Mystery Photo for November 2015

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There's a nice, huge story on the Time Magazine website about Philadelphia Television in the Fifties. It mentions our website and draws from our material. Author Richard Corliss refers to this site as "invaluable...a trove of early TV memories for Delaware Valley nostalgiaholics."

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