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Free Summer Tour
of WHYY-TV and Radio!
Tuesday, July 12th at 12 noon!

Admission is FREE!
Reservations are a MUST!

Duration is about one hour in length!

The next Broadcast Pioneers event takes place on Tuesday, July 12th. It's a FREE tour of WHYY Radio and Television. They are our public NPR and PBS broadcast outlets for the Delaware Valley.

DON'T DELAY! RESERVE YOUR FREE SPACE NOW! WHYY is located at 150 North 6th Street. That's 6th between Arch and Race in Center City Philadelphia. We meet at 12 noon. Don't be late!

Parking for this tour will NOT be provided. There are several pay lots nearby. Trains, buses and other public transportation are available.

WARNING: You MUST reserve for this event in advance. We are obligated to provide the station with a guest list which they will give to security. If you are not on that list, you cannot attend.

When we first meet at 12 noon, we will announce who will be our 2016 Person of the Year. Plus, we'll announce who our 12 living inductees to our Hall of Fame will be for this year. We'll also tell us who our 10 posthumous inductees will be.


This will be an exciting afternoon. Space is limited! Total running time for visiting both broadcast facilities will be approx. 60 minutes in length. Members may bring guests with them. Please reserve your space now. E-mail us at: Make sure to include your name, the name of your guest (if any). You will be confirmed by return e-mail. Members without e-mail service may call (856) 356-5600. Make sure you give us all the necessary information. First come, first served!


Another Third Wednesday Luncheon!

Good Food - Great Programs - Interesting Times

Wednesday, June 15, 2016!
If you came to this,
you were educated!

(Left to right) Tom Kranz, Bill Baldini, Michael Archer
Pete Kane, Harvey Clark, Frank Goldstein and Steve Levy
Broadcast Pioneers Luncheon
Bala Golf Club, Philadelphia
Wednesday, June 15, 2016

This is the luncheon that you will be talking about for years to come. You heard what it was like to be on the ground in 1985 on Osage Avenue in West Philly covering one of the biggest tragedies in our city's history.

This luncheon's topic was "MOVE: VIEWPOINT FROM BEHIND THE SCENES." This is all about how one station (WCAU-TV, Channel 10) did what they had to in order to get the word out to the people of Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley. This was a serious topic. It made you think.

It has been 31 years (almost a third of a century) after the worst tragedy in Philadelphia history where eleven people died (including five children) and several hundreds more watched their homes and family histories destroyed by a group of police, firefighters and other city officials. Police bombed the MOVE house and the building caught fire. Firefighters were ordered to let the fire burn. 65 homes were destroyed and 250 West Philadelphians were left homeless.

This was a serious topic and our panelists told you how it looked from their perspective. They tried to make sense of this disaster and why the city did what they did. If you wanted to learn, you came to this luncheon..

It was held at the Bala Golf Club, 2200 Belmont Avenue in Philadelphia on Wednesday, June 15th (that's the third Wednesday of the month). Meet and greet was at 12 noon.

Our MC host and moderator for the afternoon was member Steve Levy, co-anchor through much of the 1985 coverage and a five decade news veteran and anchor and news reporter.

Our scheduled panelists were (in alphabetical order):

Michael Archer, Former Channel 10 Assistant News Director
Bill Baldini, Former Channel 10, WCAU-TV news reporter
Harvey Clark, Former WCAU-TV news reporter on the scene
Frank Goldstein, Former Channel 10 news photojournalist
Pete Kane, Current NBC 10, WCAU news photojournalist
Tom Kranz, Former WCAU-TV Newsdesk Manager & Author

Steve Levy was anchoring much of the Osage coverage. Michael Archer was Assistant News Director and the control room producer during the coverage. He was responsible for managing all news crews and all talent locations. Bill Baldini is a veteran WCAU news reporter and Police Department Insider.

Harvey Clark came in from his home in Puerto Rico. He was the TV10 street reporter on location on Osage Avenue prior to and all during the incident. Frank Goldstein has been a veteran photojournalist who spent days prior to the incident on Osage Avenue.

Pete Kane, Veteran TV photojournalist was embedded in a house across from the MOVE location. Tom Kranz was the news desk manager and producer. Kranz is the author of LIVESHOT: Journalistic Heroism in Philadelphia. This book is about our topic.

(Left to right) Bill Wright, Sr. and Bill Kelley
Broadcast Pioneers Luncheon
Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Plus at this luncheon, we presented "The Broadcast Pioneers Service Award" to member and Vice-President Bill Kelley for all the wonderful things that he does for the organization and its members. The picture of this event is above.

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.

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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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Member Jerry Blavat
at Jerry Blavat's Office
Pioneers of Philadelphia Broadcasting
Tuesday, February 23, 2016


Member Mike Strug
at Jerry Blavat's Office
Pioneers of Philadelphia Broadcasting
Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Watch our latest "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)

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