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Another Third Wednesday Luncheon!
Wednesday, December 20, 2017!

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

It's Our Holiday Songfest!

Reserve by e-mail:
Reserve by phone: (856) 365-5600!


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

Reserve by e-mail:
Reserve by phone: (856) 365-5600!

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 20th 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.

Remember, your lunch will cost us more than double what you are paying. We had a good year and it's our holiday present to you. It's our way of giving back to the membership. (Besides, it's a sneaky way to get you to pay your dues! LOL)

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

Reserve by e-mail:
Reserve by phone: (856) 365-5600!

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

Your MC for the afternoon will be Broadcast Pioneers member "Santa" Bob Charger, local radio personality. You don't want to miss him. Bob will be there wearing a complete Santa suit and hat. Seeing this alone is certainly worth the trip.

Scheduled to appear (in alphabetical order):

Sandee Bengel, of "Big Blue Marble" & Al Alberts fame
Paul Big Bear, local well-loved area performer and singer
Billy Carlucci of the rock group, "Billy and the Essentials"
Eddie Collins, former music director for "The Drifters"
Danny and the Juniors (featuring Joe Terry & Frank Maffei)
Meagan Hill, Actress, Singer and voice-over announcer
Kenny Jeremiah, formerly of the group, "The Soul Survivors"
Frank Jordan, formerly of the fantastic The Jordan Brothers
Bob Kravitz, former TV photojournalist for most every station
Joe Pellegrino, former Philadelphia television sports director
John Primerano, local singer, pianist, songwriter and author
The Rip Chords, Top Ten rock & roll artists from the sixties
The Tridels, Top 40 local area rock artists from the sixties
Art Wilson, local musician who's everywhere on the music scene
Bill Wright, Sr., the legendary Rebel Wright of WIBG fame
Julia Zane, granddaughter of Tommy Ferguson from WCAU

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: Don't miss this one! THIS EVENT IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! Make plans to be there. Meet and Greet starts at 12 noon. Lunch is served at 12:30 pm. It includes a nice, fresh, green salad with dressing, a roll, a 3-course meal, dessert, iced tea, coffee and water.

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

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.

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!


Our 2017 Annual Hall of Fame
& Person of the Year Banquet!

Friday evening, November 17, 2017


Holding camera is Broadcast Pioneers Vice-President Brad Seecof
Member Cathy Gandolfo is seen speaking with Member Herman Rush
Broadcast Pioneers Annual Banquet
The Hilton City Avenue Hotel, Philadelphia
Friday, November 17, 2017

It was the event of the year. It was a WHO'S WHO of Broadcasting. Everyone, pretty near, who's anyone was there. It was our annual banquet. We honored our "Person of the Year" and our inductees into our "Hall of Fame."


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 Kellner 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.


Broadcast Pioneers member Ralph "Bud" Galow (seated in center) with his family
Broadcast Pioneers Annual Banquet
The Hilton City Avenue Hotel, Philadelphia
Friday, November 17, 2017

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.


Our co-emcees this year were Dom Giordano and Pat Ciarrocchi. The Star Spangled Banner was sung by Member Bob Kravitz and the Invocation was by delivered by Member Bill Kelley. At the piano for the entire evening was Member John Primerano.

The event was again at the Hilton City Avenue, 4200 City Avenue, Philadelphia. The date was Friday, November 17th.


Watch all the videos from this year's banquet on our YouTube site:

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


Here's seven more pictures taken at our 2017 annual banquet by Broadcast Pioneers Board Member Bob Kravitz.

Broadcast Pioneers members Paul Gluck and Patrick Stoner
Broadcast Pioneers Annual Banquet
The Hilton City Avenue Hotel, Philadelphia
Friday, November 17, 2017

Broadcast Pioneers member Dom Giordano, Co-MC of the Banquet
Broadcast Pioneers Annual Banquet
The Hilton City Avenue Hotel, Philadelphia
Friday, November 17, 2017

Broadcast Pioneers members Pat Delsi, Bob Kelly and Gerry Wilkinson
Broadcast Pioneers Annual Banquet
The Hilton City Avenue Hotel, Philadelphia
Friday, November 17, 2017

(Left to right) Pat Delsi, Charlene Horne, Gerry Wilkinson and Pat Ciarrocchi
Broadcast Pioneers Annual Banquet
The Hilton City Avenue Hotel, Philadelphia
Friday, November 17, 2017

(Left to right) Ukee Washington and Joanne Calabria
Broadcast Pioneers Annual Banquet
The Hilton City Avenue Hotel, Philadelphia
Friday, November 17, 2017

(Left to right) Jim Gardner and Rick Williams
Broadcast Pioneers Annual Banquet
The Hilton City Avenue Hotel, Philadelphia
Friday, November 17, 2017

Harold "Pete" Kane
Broadcast Pioneers Annual Banquet
The Hilton City Avenue Hotel, Philadelphia
Friday, November 17, 2017


Please don't forget this was our BIG 52nd annual Person of the Year/Hall of Fame Banquet on Friday, November 17th. This is our BIG fundraiser of the year! We appreciate YOUR continued support.

Didn't make it? YOU CAN STILL HELP!

You can make a contribution right now and it will be included in the total amount raised during this main fundraising event for this year.


With your support, Broadcast Pioneers mentors area college students. We run an annual college student symposium each spring at a major Philadelphia TV station. We award scholarships to area students. In April, we presented twenty $1,000 scholarships and are committed for another twenty in April of 2018.

VERY IMPORTANT! We maintain a digital & hard copy archive of Philadelphia Broadcasting. This includes 6,000 local TV programs, 12,000 area radio broadcasts and 42,000 photographs. This is becoming a more and more expensive project. Your funding is very much needed in order for this project to continue.

YOUR FUNDING helps us preserve the rich broadcast history of our wonderful Philadelphia market! Time is quickly running out!


Again, this may be your last chance to show your support for everything we do this year. Even if you don't buy a ticket or two, you can still make sure that you are counted in the main fundraiser of the year. Thank you! Contributions in any amount can be sent to:

Broadcast Pioneers
P.O. Box 2886
Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004

Scholarship Applications
Now Being Accepted!

$1,000 Scholarships!

Broadcast Pioneers is now accepting applications for our scholarship program. In April of 2018, we will award twenty $1,000.00 scholarships to area college students.

Get all the details!

You Can Help Us!

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AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices and the same service. The only difference is that they donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to Broadcast Pioneers. YOU DO NOT PAY ANY MORE! Same price to you and we get a donation to help us continue with all our great educational projects! IT'S WIN - WIN!

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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: most university servers block e-mails that are going to many people at one time. To assure you receiving our e-mails, we urge you use a non-university e-mail address. MOST PEOPLE WHO USE THEIR UNIVERSITY E-MAIL ADDRESSES NEVER RECEIVE THEM!!! The schools block them because they go to hundreds of people at one time.

If you are currently a professor, instructor or a member of any university staff in our area, you qualify for this list. You will be notified on our students scholarship program, upcoming symposiums (at area TV Stations) and our career nights (at area college campuses). Plus, we may ask you to recommend students to attend a Broadcast Pioneers luncheon or our annual banquet at no cost to the student, you or your school. 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.

We do not sell or distribute these lists to anyone. You are signing up just to get information and there is no obligation on your part. SIGN UP TODAY!

NOTICE: If your e-mail address bounces back, we have to delete you from the e-mail list. If this happens, you will have to sign up again. Also, if you forward our e-mail to someone else and they elect to unsubscribe to our list, they are unsubscribing for you, not themselves.

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 6,000 local TV broadcasts, 12,000 local radio broadcasts and have digitized 42,000 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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You'll love our Broadcast Pioneers YouTube Channel. More and more of our videos will be added to this channel in the future, so keep checking back. You can visit us on our YouTube channel at: or just click on the link below!

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Check out Our Photos, History, Bios, Audio and Video Areas
Click on the links below to go to those sections!

 Our Photo Section - to 1960  Our Photo Section - from 1961
 Our Video Section  Our Audio Section
 Broadcast History Section  Our Biography Section
 Our Hall of Fame  Our Persons of the Year
Calendar of Events  Our 2016 Banquet
 Our Bylaws  Our Officers and Board
 4-1-17 Symposium Scholarship Information
 Who Are We? Oral History Projects
 Join Broadcast Pioneers Our Newsletter
 Our Presidents Our Chairmen of the Board
 Our Facebook Page Our YouTube Channel

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."

Our encoding of audio and video has been upgraded for clearer, sharper and less choppy video with better sounding audio. We are using the latest technology and this may require you to download (it's free) the latest version of the Real Player and/or the latest version of the Windows Media Player. Items previously on our website will still work with older versions. All items will play on the most current. Once you download the latest free player, you still may be required to download older codes for everything to work. Some of our older files of our audio and video rolls. That is, it goes from one files directly into the next segment. This was done for faster loading.

Unless you state otherwise, all e-mail messages, photos and other material sent to us become the property of "The Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia" and you have given us implied permission to use all or part of your message on our website including the use of your name & to store the correspondence in our archive. All items sent to us via U.S. Mail, other carriers or electronically, become property of the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia. With such submission and donation, you also transfer any legal rights (including reproduction rights) you may have (if any) to said material. This includes photos, articles, audio, video and all other items including but not limited to the usage of your name.

None of the material contained on this website may be reproduced elsewhere without the express permission of "The Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia." Where material is owned by others who have given us permission to use their property, you must also gain their approval and authority before use. None of our material falls under "Fair Use" provisions of copyright laws. The material published on this website is like any other published work and subject to the same copyright protection.We do NOT make or sell copies of any material in our archives. We just do not have the staff to do this. Hardly any local show is available for home use anywhere.

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