Broadcast Pioneers; Innovators in Philadelphia Communications!
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Over a Half-Century in Philadelphia with over 500 Members; Bigger & Better Than Ever!
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Broadcast Pioneers; the Official Historians of Philadelphia Radio & Television!

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

2016 PERSON OF THE YEAR!
RALPH "BUD" GALOW!

Broadcast Pioneers member Ralph "Bud" Galow

Broadcst 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.

LISTEN TO BUD GALOW ENGINEER TWO HISTORIC EVENTS!

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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"HALL OF FAME" LIVING HONOREES!

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 Producer 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

"HALL OF FAME" POSTHUMOUS HONOREES!

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.

TICKETS MUST BE PURCHASED IN ADVANCE
AND ARE ON SALE NOW!

ORDER FORM FOR TICKETS!

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 MCs for the evening will again be members Larry Kane and Dom Giordano.

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.

WE'LL BE PROUD TO SEE YOU IN THE CROWD!

Another Third Wednesday Event!
Wednesday, July 19, 2017!

A Tour of WPVI, 6 abc

with 100 of your friends

It was a great time!

WPVI - 6 abc
4100 City Avenue, Philadelphia
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
(Photo by member Gerry Wilkinson)

Well, it's been 8 years since we last toured WPVI, 6 abc. Our membership has doubled in that time.

(Left to right) Members Tom Moran and Michael Tearson
WPVI - 6 abc
4100 City Avenue, Philadelphia
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
(Photo by member Gerry Wilkinson)

This time, we had five tours. All were filled and when you looked around WPVI, there were Broadcast Pioneers everywhere.

Preview Monitors
12 noon broadcast
WPVI - 6 abc
4100 City Avenue, Philadelphia
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
(Photo by member Gerry Wilkinson)

We saw the brand new Action News set and we shown all around the station and we met alot of wonderful WPVI people.

Broadcast Pioneers member Michael Muderick at the anchor desk
WPVI - 6 abc
4100 City Avenue, Philadelphia
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
(Michael says pix taken with his camera but doesn't remember who took it)

On these tours, we announced who is our 2017 "Person of the Year." Also, we told you who we will be inducted into our Hall of Fame at our annual banquet in November. Video and pictures coming soon.

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MEMBERS:
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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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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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