Born in Altoona, Pennsylvania and raised in Charles, West Virginia, Broadcast Pioneers member Jack Satterfield started his career at his West Virginia hometown station of WKNA.
During the Second World War, Jack was a pilot with the U.S. Army Air Corps. After the service, Satterfield earned a bachelor's degree from West Virginia University in Morgantown. He also covered school sports teams for a local radio station. He was also editor of the school newspaper.
In 1952, Jack Satterfield became promotion manager for a radio station in Charleston and and then became sales manager for two stations in Dayton, Ohio. In 1958, Jack joined the Chicago office of Blair Television, a national sales and marketing company for television stations. After awhile in the windy city, Blair transferred Jack Satterfield to New York City. They named him Manager of the Philadelphia office in 1971. Jack retired in 1983 and became a broker of station properties. He was President of Satterfield and Perry.
Jack served as our President during the 1983-84 term and served on our Board of Governors (now called our Board of Directors) from 1979 to 1982. Satterfield was Vice-President of our organization from 1982 to 1983. Jack and his wife, Constance had four children and six grandchildren. He was 78 years old.
It was during Jack's presidency that the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia started giving away scholarships to college students, a tradition that has continued for the last 21 years. The idea was that of Broadcast Pioneers member Art Moore who now produces the "Regis and Kelly" TV program. Moore was our Vice-President at that time (Moore would later become President in 1984).
Jack F. Satterfield passed away on Wednesday, August 11, 2004 as a result of complications from Alzheimer's disease. He was 78 years old.
From the official archives of the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia
Photo originally donated by Broadcast Pioneers member Jack Satterfield
Text written and compiled by Broadcast Pioneers member Gerry Wilkinson
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