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Another Third Wednesday Luncheon!
Wednesday, June 21, 2017!

A Celebration of 85 Years
of Channel 3

Tell your friends about this one!

At the end of June of this year, Channel 3 will complete 85 Years of telecasting here in Philadelphia. While they went through several owners and lots of managers, Channel 3 (now known as KYW-TV, CBS 3) has always been dear to people in the Delaware Valley.

Come out and help us celebrate their birthday, 85 years of telecasting! You'll certainly have a wonderful time. Make plans to be there on Wednesday, June 21st.

The First Eyewitness News Team
KYW-TV, Philadelphia (now CBS 3)
circa 1965

Our MC for the afternoon will be the ever lovely Pat Ciarrocchi, former anchor and reporter for KYW-TV, CBS 3.

Included in this jubilee will be the following scheduled speakers (in alaphabetical order): Anne Amico-Mirkin, Carol Erickson, Irv Grodsky, Trudy Haynes, Ed Hurst, Tom Lamaine, Robin Mackintosh, Gary Mirkin, Dick Sheeran, Marciarose Shestack, Dick Standish and Mike Strug.

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 already written. Checks can be made payable to the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia. Meet and greet starts at 12 noon with lunch being served at 12:30 pm.

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 BE YOU IN THE CROWD!

Another Third Wednesday Luncheon!
Wednesday, May 17, 2017!

How the local broadcast media
covered Three-Mile Island!

It was the best of the best!

Middletown, Pennsylvania
Nearest Town to Three Mile Island
March 1979

From a KYW Newsradio pamphlet:

The lush rolling earth of Central Pennsylvania sleeps, awaiting the dawn and the farmer's plow for spring planting. The broad and shallow Susquehanna River meaners through the countryside giving water to the cornfields and apple orchards.

This is land which has changed little over the decades. On the back roads, the Amish farmer is off to market before the dawn. The land is silent save for the rattle of his buggy wheels and the frosty breaths of his spirited horse. The earth is at peace.

But in the midst of the river sits an island which until a few years back was home only to birds and occasional fishermen. But now out of the dark rise four huge towers which provide cooling to two pressurized water nuclear reactors. In the pre-dawn silence one reactor is sleeping peacefully along with its neighbors. But the other is operating at full power.

Something goes wrong. Bells ring and sirens wail. Problems compound problems and with the rising of the sun word finally goes out. With catastrophic possibilities, the worst accident in the history of American nuclear power has begun.

WCAU-TV News Anchor Ralph Penza
March 1979

For two weeks, local broadcast outlets covered Three-Mile Island (TMI). What did it take to do the job? Were they in any danger? Our MC for the luncheon was member Jay Lloyd who covered the story for KYW Newsradio.

Our panel was (in alphabetical order):

Bill Baldini, former WCAU-TV reporter who covered Three Mile Island
Frank Goldstein, former WCAU-TV photojournalist who covered TMI
Marc Howard, former channel 3 and channel 6 anchor and reporter
Richard Maloney, former KYW Newsradio reporter who was there
Dick Sheeran, former KYW-TV reporter who covered Three Mile Island
Dick Standish, former Channel 3 reporter who was on the scene at TMI

In 2011, Broadcast Pioneers Board Member Bob Kravitz (who was a photojournalist for WPVI) wrote in our newsletter regarding TMI:

Remembering the night Vernon and I were in front of the Pennsylvania Capitol in Harrisburg. While wrapping up a story with a stand up, this strange white substance, looking like snow, fell from the sky. It fell for a couple of hours. This is when I was scared. The next day, no one said a word. To this day, I still don't know what fell onto us.

WPVI Photojournalist Bob Kravitz (on right)
Inside Three Mile Island
March 1979

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.

Complete Video of the Luncheon

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

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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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