We held our 10th annual symposium for area college students on Saturday, October 29th from 9 am to 12 noon at the facilities of NBC 10. Our MC for the event was Jerry Klein, former newsman for WCU Radio and KYW Newsradio, currently executive vice-president of Anne Klein Communications Group and our president. Introductory remarks by our Chairman of the Board Gerry Wilkinson, former Operations Manager for WDAS Radio and formerly a television producer for WHYY-TV.
On our panel included:
Pat Delsi, former owner of WSSJ Radio in Camden, NJ
Ed Dress, content producer for NBC 10's "The Investigators"
Alissa Ingram, Executive Producer for NBC 10's 11 pm news
Jillian Mele, NBC 10 reporter, 10 Show host and AM Traffic
Justin Pizzi, one of NBC 10's on air news reporters
Dan Stamm, content producer for NBC 10, WCAU-TV
On Thursday, March 24th, the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia will host a FREE Career Night for all interested communications college students. The event takes place in Annenberg Hall on the campus of Temple University from 6 to 8 pm. Remember, the event is free and open to all college students regardless of the university they attend.
Our moderator will be Broadcast Pioneers President Jerry Klein.
On our panel (scheduled to appear) will be:
Pat Delsi, former owner of WSSJ Radio, Camden
Jim Donovan, CBS 3's Consumer Reporter
Lee Farber, 6ABC editor/photographer for programming
Dom Giordano, talk host of WPHT Radio (9 am to 12 noon)
Linda Munich, VP of Public Affairs for 6ABC
Kim Zachary, Director of Community Affairs and Human Resources
Women - in higher and higher numbers - are now breaking into what was once a white male bastion in the broadcast industry, communications college majors were told at the latest Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia symposium at NBC 10 on Saturday, October 29th. It was held inside "The 10 Show" studio.
The glass ceiling is opening for women filling slots as anchors, news directors, producers, and technical staff, said Justin Pizzi. an on-air news reporter for the station. Pizzi’s comments were directed as a wake-up call for men to forego apprehension and jump into the talent pool. Females outnumbered males 83% to 17% at the event.
A panel of professionals offered counsel to the students on how to break into the industry. The panel included Pat Delsi, former owner of WSSJ Radio, Camden, N.J. and Broadcast Pioneers treasurer; Ed Dress, Content Producer for NBC 10s The Investigators; Alissa Ingram, Executive Producer for NBC 10's 11 p.m. news; Jillian Mele, NBC 10 reporter, 10 Show host and AM Traffic, Dan Stamm, Content Producer for NBC 10, WCAU—TV and Justin Pizzi.
Master of Ceremonies was Jerry Klein, former newsman for WCAU Radio and KYW Newsradio, currently Executive Vice-Presdent of Anne Klein Communications Group and President of this organization; and our Chairman of the Board Gerry Wilkinson, former Operations Manager for WDAS Radio and Television Producer for WHYY-TV made opening remarks.
Panelists charted a course of action for broadcast wannabes:
• Don’t make the same mistake twice
• Networking and internships are two vital keys to landing a job
• Be prepared to start at the bottom, accept low pay and tasks you may disdain, move around a lot, work abominable hours and be persistent
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