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WELCOME NEW MEMBERS:
Well, our September luncheon was a tribute to WPHL-TV, Channel 17. We are delighted to welcome into Broadcast Pioneers membership Mr. Sandy Kerr, who is employed by WPHL-TV as an engineer. He started working there in 1977. Thirty-six years later, he's still there. He started in the business in 1972 in Southern Florida, where he worked for educational and public television. We are delighted to him in our ranks. Welcome, Sandy.
Another one of the broadcast technicians that keeps everything running smoothly at Channel 17, WPHL-TV here in Philadelphia has joined. His name is Steve Leff. He's been in the business since 1975. That's thirty-eight years, almost four decades. We are also thrilled to have Steve in our membership.
Larry Haynes has been a lighting designer and Lighting Director for WPVI-TV for the last two decades. He designs lighting for a majority of the shows produced by Channel 6. Before coming to WPVI, he held the same post for Black Entertainment Television in Washington, DC. Before that he was with WHMM-TV, the PBS station in DC, and was the Lighting Director for the Christian Broadcasting Network in Virginia Beach.
Eleanor Jean Hendley started in the business in 1975. She is an Emmy Award-winning former TV news journalist & public school educator who created nationally-recognized empowerment programs for adolescent girls. She isthe founder & CEO of Teenshop & EJ Hendley Consultants. She worked at KYW-TV for more than twenty years as a reporter, producer & air host. She was named one of the Most Influential African Americans in the city by the Philadelphia Tribune.
Leonard Friedman has been in the industry for more than 3 decades. Some of his work includes documentaries about Holocaust survivors. He has also worked on educational material and productions for Fox Children's Entertainment. His present day activities including producing documentaries for Fox. He has also done work with Broadcast Pioneers member Pearl Polto, who suggested that he become one of our members.
Linda Penney has been in our industry for thirty-one years. She is an award-winning conceptual copywriter and copy director and has worked with some of the major Philadelphia agencies for over a quarter of a century. Currently, she is an independent consultant for Philadelphia-area advertising and marketing communications firms. Clients have included Delaware County Community College, National Penn Bank, Comcast, LaSalle University, Penn State and Campbell Soup.
We are thrilled to have these new members. 497 Members. More than ever. We hope to see as many of our members as possible at our May Luncheon.
DIGITAL ARCHIVAL PROJECT NEWS:
(left to right) Jim O'Brien & Dave Roberts
The Gimbel Brothers Department Store chain was the largest in the world and had 36 stores throughout the country. Started in 1887, the operation would last a hundred years before going through liquidation. The company owned three radio stations, WGBS in New York, WCAE in Pittsburgh and WIP here in Philadelphia. The annual Gimbels parade started in 1920 here in Philadelphia. Santa would arrive in Philadelphia and his float would come down the Parkway and then go to the 8th and Market Streets Gimbel Store where Santa would climb a Philadelphia Fire Department ladder and enter the department store through an upper floor window.
Families of Gimbels' employees were allowed to bring their children into the store and watch Santa come in the window from inside the store. Our Chairman of the Board was one such child. His grandfather, T. Lawrence Rhoades, worked as a security guard for WIP Radio (which was then part of Gimbels). Gerry said: "It was a thrill to actually see Santa come in the window. I must have been 4 or 5 at the time. I also got to see WIP. It was the first time I ever saw a real radio station."
By the way, Gerry's mother, Virginia Rhoades (at that time) sang on The Uncle WIP radio program when she was nine. At that time, Lawrence was a manager of an American Store (forerunner of ACME Super Markets). When he suffered a heart attack, the company fired him because he could no longer lift heavy boxes and that's when he became a guard.
Well, anyhow, back to the parade. This is a real find. Our recording came direct from the original 2" video tape aircheck recorded at WPVI. The parade at that time was 90 minutes long and on this particular date, it went long and ran into part of the noon Action News broadcast. The quality is the tape is excellent and is a real treasure. We have the entire parade (including commercials) digitized in our video archive.
Until now, this is the only known copy (although home video taping was just starting). Certainly, it is the highest quality recording in existence as it is broadcast quality. Our clip is 7:39 in length and starts with member Lisa Thomas-Laury doing an announcement for Jefferson Hospital. In our opinion, the Real Video version is clearer and better quality.
The Evening Edition Radio News Team (WCAU Radio)
(Left to right) Broadcast Pioneers member Taylor Grant, Tom Spence, Mike Stanley, John Facenda, John Clough
Gary Sherpard, Broadcast Pioneers member Dr. Charles Lee, Norm Fastow and Dan Curtis
Here's a real find. It has been available on our website for a decade now, but this is the first time that it is available in the Windows Media format. This video dates from November 22, 1963. Barry Reisman, a member of our current board of directors, placed a seven inch reel of audio tape on his home tape machine and air checked WCAU Radio. Because of this, we have several local clips from coverage of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. During this time, WCAU, 1210 on AM and WCAU-FM, 98.1, were simulcasting. Today, the stations are known as WPHT and WOGL. The first cut we have is a 24-minute segment from "Evening Edition," a mainstay on WCAU for years during afternoon drive and the dinner hour. On this broadcast, we hear Broadcast Pioneers member Taylor Grant, George Lord, Mike Stanley and John Clough.
Next is another cut, about six and a half minutes long from a little later on that same day. Heard on this excerpt is Taylor Grant, Broadcast Pioneers member Charles Lee, George Lord, Mike Stanley and Joe Livingston from the Evening Bulletin, a daily newspaper in Philadelphia.
Cut #3 (5 minutes and 27 seconds long) features a WCAU icon: John Facenda. Although mainly known for his TV work, John also did radio work on WCAU Radio.
The last cut from that day also features Broadcast Pioneers member John Facenda, plus Dan Cryor. It's 11 minutes and 44 seconds in duration. It starts with something rare, a live ID for both AM & FM done by Facenda.
Students in the Action News newsroom
at the Broadcast Pioneers Symposium
Saturday, October 26, 2013
Photo by Andrey Kolyada
You can see more pictures and watch videos from our symposium. This includes a tour of the station. All the information is available right here!
IN TOUCH WITH OUR MEMBERS:
Expect to be enchanted! Can you guess who'll be "flying" into New York on Thursday, December 19th to spread her "magic" at 54 BELOW, the hottest Supper Club in the Big Apple? Of course, it's everyone's favorite pixie, Pixanne (Broadcast Pioneers member Jane Norman). She'll be making her New York debut at 54 BELOW, with a brand new show that is sure to wow NY audiences, as well as her many fans who will travel to be enchanted once again by their childhood idol. To make Reservations and find out more info, go to: www.pixanne.com or call (610) 622-1899. Ticket price includes Private Bus Transportation. No hassles! No parking worries! Just a fun-filled, affordable, fantastic adventure. Join Jane and special guest star, Paul Jost, for a "Holiday Evening of Love."
We heard from member John Brown, Senior Studio Anchor and Chief Meteorologist for Total Traffic and Weather Network. He is retiring. His last traffic report was last Thursday at 5:52 pm on KYW Newsradio. Brown has done both weather and traffic. John adds:
Back in the late 90's, I was doing weather for WJBR (rip and read) when the PD who was doing the morning asked me about a Nor'Easter. I just happened to be watching the Weather Channel and was able to flub my way through an answer.
I decided after that never to get caught with my (weather pants down) and enrolled in the Broadcast Meteorology program as a distant student. Four years I received my BS in Geo Sciences from Mississippi State University.
I started to do weather for other stations (WDAS AM/FM, WWDB-FM and WXPN-FM) winning two best weather forecaster Air Awards to go along with my four best traffic reporter air awards and the achievement in radio award. (Sorry about the shameless plug).
After 44 years in radio, I have decided to hang up the headphones and turn off the mic. It's been a great run but time to move on. I'll be busy writing a book (not about traffic) and traveling to Scotland to do family research. Will also find time to work with disabled youth.
When I was a young boy, there were no disabled folks that I knew of I could look up to. I also remember like it was yesterday when I said I wanted to be a DJ. I was told you can't do that because you're ....! Here I am 44 years later, retiring after having a great career. I must say I enjoyed proving them wrong. I want disabled kids to know not to be afraid to try and that you CAN do it!
Broadcast Pioneers' Chairman of the Board Gerry Wilkinson and his wife Michele went to the Country Squire Diner and Restaurant in Broomall one Thursday in October. Who was having lunch there? Only the legendary folk music DJ Gene Shay and his wife! Also in the restaurant enjoying his noontime meal was the Governor of Pennsylvania Tom Corbett. Gerry and his wife sat across the aisle from the governor's security detail. Not sure why Corbett was there but he was having lunch with one guy and eight young women.
Broadcast Pioneers member John Cardinal Foley was our "Person of the Year" in 2011. He passed away shortly thereafter. He was the Pope's right hand man for decades. He also had a broadcast career before and after entering the priesthood. He did the commentary yearly on the Christmas Eve Vatican service on NBC-TV. St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Lower Merion has created the John Cardinal Foley Chair of Homiletics and Social Communications. This faculty position is the only one of its kind in seminary or university education. The first appointment to the chair is the Rev. Thomas Dailey, a priest in the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales.
Jim Glogowski, who recently joined Broadcast Pioneers and attended our October luncheon, was featured in an article with Radio World. In it, he talks about the future of AM broadcasting and much more. A little while ago, he met with FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai. You read all about this by clicking here!
Broadcast Pioneers board member Kal Rudman is back to his old tricks. He is showing his support for the Philadelphia police department by purchasing ads on billboard and ads in newspaper. Kal is responsible for recruiting new police officers who currently live outside Philadelphia but are willing to relocate to the city. A couple of weeks ago, Rudman sponsored a breakfast for police officers from around the country. So, if you ever run afoul of the police in Philly, you know what to do. Like they say, "Who you gonna call?" Well, it's not Ghostbusters.
It is no secret that Broadcast Pioneers member Larry Kane, dean of Philadelphia’s news anchors, will co-host again this year’s Broadcast Pioneers Person of the Year/Hall of Fame Awards banquet. But the big story is that Larry has released his 5th book, “When They Were Boys.” The book presents the true story of the Beatles’ rise to the top of charts.
Kirkus, a reviewer of books, reports that Kane chronicles many characters and moments in time that shaped the Beatles into the band that rocketed onto American shores in 1964. “Despite being occasionally starry-eyed and corny, Kane writes with an evocative clarity, attention to detail and familiarity,” says the magazine publisher, recognized as one of the most trusted and authoritative voices in book discovery.
Last week, member Karen Scioli celebrated her high holy day, Halloween. You remember her from "Saturday Night Dead" as Stella. Well, she just recently hosted our October luncheon as Rere Dinucci (a character she does on WOGL's morning drive show. Karen told us she had a great time at both our luncheon and during Halloween. Her credo at the end of October is "A-Haunting She Will Go." She also says she's available for hilarious Murder Mysteries and Comedy Roasts.
Steve Porter, 73, passed away late in September. Steve was the very first anchor on KYW Newsradio in September 1965. A couple years later, he had the same honor at WCBS Radio. Later, Porter went on to be the White House correspondent for NBC News. He retired twenty years ago and moved to Myrtle Beach, SC where he purchased part interest in WRNN Radio there. For many years, he was the drive time morning host on their news and conversation program. He died shortly after having heart surgery.
ON THE HEALTH FRONT:
We heard from Broadcast Pioneers member Gil Thompson who tells us that his wife of 61 years, Emalee Earon, is not doing well. Gil says: Emalee was a finalist in the Philadelphia Orchestra "Voice of Tomorrow" competition judged by our 1979 Person of the Year, Eugene Ormandy. She sang opera both here and abroad. Emalee and Gil sang regularly on "Hi, Neighbor," a WCAU Radio broadcast with Ralph Collier.
Suddenly in March (after actively singing at dinner and in church), her dementia took a nose-dive! Em went from walking normally to a walker to a wheelchair to our nursing home! Today, Emalee can't read, can't write and sadly she can't even sing "Jesus Loves Me" in church.
ANYONE HAVE A D2, D3 OR M2 (Panasonic) VIDEO TAPE MACHINE?
Broadcast Pioneers is looking for working D2, D3 video tape machine to be used in conjunction with our DAP, Digital Archival Project. We also have need for a working M2 (Panasonic) machine. If you have one (or more) to donate, please let us know. You can contact us at (856) 365-5600 or e-mail us at: email@example.com
BROADCAST PIONEERS' MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY!
Our 2014 Broadcast Pioneers Membership Directory has just been mailed. If you are not retaining your old version, please dispose of it properly by shredding it. Remember, it contains confidential contact information for all our members - including you!
VISIT THE NEW BROADCAST PIONEERS' YouTube CHANNEL!
Yes, Broadcast Pioneers now has its own YouTube Channel. You can go in and watch many great videos. We'll be adding more to it all the time. There's interviews with people like Ed Hurst plus our luncheons and more. Check us out on YouTube at: The Broadcast Pioneers YouTube Channel!
Did you know...
Senator John F. Kennedy at Temple University
Shortly after 3 pm, Senator John Kennedy motorcaded up Broad Street and arrived on the campus of Temple University. Less than a half-hour later, at 3:30 pm, the future president spoke on what is now known as Park Mall. It was a cloudy, misty afternoon with light rain from time to time. Just to the west of Curtis Hall, a wooden temporary platform was erected. Curtis Hall on one side and Williams Hall on the other. Williams Hall at this time was a men's dorm and Park Avenue still a city street. The speech took just 15 minutes and ended an extensive four day visit to the state. It would be Kennedy's last journey to Temple.
Broadcast Pioneers member Kenn Venit wrote, "The President was almost holy. I could not bring myself to comprehend the sudden and horrible death of our beloved President Kennedy. I shared with the world the feeling of disbelief. I recall trying to understand how the world felt when President Roosevelt died. I had read some news copy by Damon Runyon describing the funeral 'of the dead chieftain of the mightiest armed force on the face of the earth.' I am sorry that I now know how they felt." Kenn wrote that on November 22, 1963. He was a young Temple University student at the time.
How was this historic event covered by the local broadcast media? We asked some of our members to recall the events of the day.
Broadcast Pioneers member Vince Leonard, who was the main anchor at WRCV-TV, Channel 3 here in Philadelphia, recalls for us the days surrounding the assassination of President Kennedy:
Broadcast Pioneers member Mike Quinn worked at WCAU-TV. He wrote to us:
Steve Sacks, a member of our organization worked at WFIL-TV, now WPVI. He tells us what it was like at his station:
Member Ralph "Bud" Galow worked at WRCV Radio during this era. He recalls the events of those fateful days in November of 1963:
On the other end of our state, Broadcast Pioneers member Al Primo was working at Westinghouse station KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh. Al tells us what it was like that day:
MORE DIGITAL ARCHIVAL PROJECT NEWS:
Broadcast Pioneers member Robin Mackintosh
Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland
March 10, 1991
In 1991, the United States Coalition against Iraq had 35 servicemen and women captured by the Hussein regime. About half of them were from the United States. One of them was from Delaware County, near Philadelphia. He was 1st Lt. Robert J. Sweet, 24, of the United States Air Force. Another person from the Air Force, Major Jeffrey S. Tice, 35, lived in Sellersville, a suburban of the Quaker City. Still another was Jeffrey Zaun, 28 of Cherry Hill. They landed at was then Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland (part of the Baltimore-DC area). Today that base is called Joint Base Andrews and used both by the Air Force and Navy Air.
The video we have was donated to our DAP, Digital Archival Project by former KYW-TV Reporter Marge Pala. It is a feed from Group W in Washinton, DC to Channel 3 here in Philly. At the time of transmission, there were no keys on the report. These were added later back at the station. In our opinion, the Real Video version is sharper and clearer.
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Broadcast Pioneers member Robin Mackintosh (who we inducted into our Hall of Fame last November) tells us a little more about this video. He e-mailed:
When Gerry Wilkinson called me at home to tell me the Broadcast Pioneers had unearthed a report I had done more than twenty years ago about the homecoming for freed POWs from the Gulf War, I told him I didn't remember a thing about it.
Twenty years is a long time and for any street reporter memories are fleeting. As a reporter you remember today's facts and then move on to the next day and the next story. But then he sent me the video and suddenly the memories came rushing back. Names and faces like Jeffrey Zaun, Jeffrey Tice and Robert Sweet were instantly recognizable. They were the faces of the Gulf War. Held in captivity by Saddam Hussein, they were our local heroes and we did dozens of stories on them and their families in 1991.
But just like most other news stories, they moved to the back pages and then to distant and almost forgotten memories. It is reassuring to know that thanks to the Pioneers' archives they are not lost forever. The videos and recordings keep that history as alive and valuable as today. Thank you, Gerry, on behalf of those brave men and women who can come home again and again with the simple push of a "play" button.
A word from our Chairman of the Board Gerry Wilkinson:
No thanks is deserved. All kudos go to Broadcast Pioneers. This is an organizational project. Many of our members are involved in this and to them we offer Robin's (and our) thanks. As a broadcast historian I know that nothing is more frustrating than not finding old shows. It's our history and the unfortunate truth is that history is only what gets saved. Our goal is to save as much as we possibly can. Most of the material we save comes from our members. If you have items you wish to donate, please contact us by calling (856) 365-5600 or e-mail us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have two special IDs aired over WCAU Radio during those dark days in late November of 1963. Neither announcer has been identified. Both station breaks were pre-recorded. They both explain that the station and network have suspended all commercials until after the funeral of President John Kennedy.
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On Sunday, November 24, 1963, we have a one minute and nine second excerpt. It's Art Raymond on WHAT-FM. Broadcast Pioneers member Barry Reisman who recorded these cuts off air in 1963 e-mailed:
The voice is that of Art Raymond who, back in the 1950's, was "The Man in the Black Sombrero" on WPEN, and did a program of dance music. In the early 60's, he moved to WHAT-FM to host "The Bagels & Lox Program," which featured a variety of Jewish music every Sunday from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm. At the time of the Kennedy assassination, Raymond broke format and did a series of interviews reflecting on the assassination with local rabbis and other members of the Jewish community, and that is what you hear on the brief audio clip that I had recorded.
WHAT-FM later became WWDB and eventually replaced Art Raymond with Sid Mark's "Sunday with Sinatra." Art Raymond continued his program on WEVD (now ESPN) in New York and remained there for many years. (His program was the forerunner of the Jewish-oriented program that I now host, which has been on the air in Philadelphia since 1965.)
Who would have guessed that a teen-aged radio geek back in 1963 would have his recordings available for the entire world to hear at www.broadcastpioneers.com? I knew that there was some reason that I should keep changing reels and pushing the record button!
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On this same day, Broadcast Pioneers member John Facenda delivered the eulogy for President Kennedy. John was speaking at Independence Hall. His words were carried live by all three commercial television stations in our market.
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A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY!
Broadcast Pioneers member Doug "Bud Hibbs"
painting WTEL Radio (even though he was Station Manager)
Photo originally donated by member R. Alan Campbell
As we do every month, we want to thank Broadcast Pioneers member Johnny B. Hall for his monthly cash donation to our DAP, Digital Archival Project. Johnny donates $250 every month. The amount totals $3,000 yearly and really helps us to underwrite this much needed but expensive project. By the way, that's a $600 a year increase over his contribution from last year.
We already have a good start for the April 2014 scholarships. We already have pledges and/or funding for fifteen $1,000 scholarships to be awarded in April of 2014. We received $1,000 for a scholarship in the memory of Broadcast Pioneers Hall of Famer Mac McGuire. The contribution came from member R. Alan Campbell. Also, the final $1,000 scholarship (part of a five year package) from Broadcast Pioneers Hall of Famer Sylvia Kauders. We also have pledges for seven $1,000 scholarships from member Johnny B. Hall and his wife, Ginny. That's one more than last year. Also, a scholarship from the Adelman family for a $1,000 scholarship and also one from Robin Adelman's dad, member Leon Love. Member Harry Hurley has pledged a $1,000 scholarship from the proceeds of this year's Hurley in the Morning Golf Tournament.
Broadcast Pioneers Vice-President Kal Rudman started underwriting scholarships for our organization several years ago. He was the person that underwrote our first scholarship way back when. Now, there are many following in his footsteps. Kal has just said that he'll be underwriting two more scholarships for the coming 2014 year. Thanks, Kal. Another contribution came from Esther Kurtz. Included in her membership renewal was a $1,000 for a scholarship in memory of David Kurtz (founder of B101).She has been doing this now for 8 years.
And again, we wish to thank member Jerry Del Colliano for his $1,000 contribution to our DAP fund. This is the second year in a row that Jerry has done this. We thank him so much for his gift to this most important project.
A little while ago, Robin Adelman (on behalf of the entire Adelman family and Leon Love) presented us with a $1,000 contribution to be split between of our DAP project and our general fund.We welcome other gifts for these and other projects in the form of money and/or donated items like video tapes, audio transcriptions and photos.
We would like to thank those who gave us a donation for our general fund this month. They include Corky Warren, Bill Kelley, Dorie Lenz, Jerry Klein, Dick Standish, Sally Berlin, Anthony DiFlorio, Mike Bove and Gerry Wilkinson.
Our special thanks go to TUTV and The Kal & Lucille Rudman Media Production Center.
If you forgot to make an extra contribution (cash or memorabilia) and would like to do so now, it's never too late. We would be thrilled to hear from you at: PO Box 2886, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004 or call us at (856) 365-5600!
A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY!
WPEN Radio Advertising in a trade publication
IN TOUCH WITH THE INDUSTRY:
Marc Musgrove has been promoted to Director of Broadcast Operations and Engineering for CBS 3 and The CW Philly. Musgrove has been Chief Engineer for both stations since 2004. In that position, Musgrove led the broadcast engineering design team for the construction of the stations’ all high definition television facility. Musgrove was also responsible for engineering and logistics for the termination of analog TV transmission and the conversion to full time HDTV transmission for CBS 3 and The CW Philly.
Syma Chowdhry has joined CBS 3 and The CW Philly’s Eyewitness News team as a reporter. She has been a freelance reporter with the stations since March 2013.
Chowdhry, a native of Toms River, New Jersey, returns to the area from the CBS stations in Detroit, WWJ-TV and WKBD-TV, where she had been a morning anchor since 2011. In June, she won an Emmy award from the Michigan Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for a 30-minute show she produced and hosted about Steve Harvey (current host of Family Feud) and his struggles making it to the top.
Previously, Chowdhry was a reporter/anchor for News 12 New Jersey in Edison and a reporter for The University Network in Jersey City. In 2008, she received a Telly Award for her features reporting with News 12 New Jersey. Chowdhry began her broadcasting career at News 14 Carolina in Raleigh, North Carolina as a reporter/producer in 2004. Chowdhry is a 2004 graduate of Temple University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in broadcast journalism. She speaks Hindi and Urdu.
Thanks to KYW Newsradio and Comcast, The Tacony Center of the Police Athletic League received a brand new 10-piece laptop computer lab. CBS Philadelphia Market Manager Marc Rayfield (a member of the Broadcast Pioneers) said, “By partnering with a community-minded organization like Comcast for nearly 15 years, it is gratifying to assist organizations like PAL who help make a difference in the community and the lives of local children. With these laptops, it will enhance our continued support in PAL’s efforts throughout the year.”
Saint Joseph's University has renewed its partnership with CBS Sports Radio 610 (WIP-AM) for the 2013-14 season and for the third consecutive year, the station will carry the broadcast of every Hawks' men's basketball game. The broadcast schedule begins on November 9 with the Hawks' season opener at Vermont, with a total of 30 regular-season games being carried live and in their entirety on CBS Sports Radio 610.
Talk Radio 1210, WPHT told us that Jared Hart starts as Program Director beginning next Monday, November 11th. Hart joins WPHT from KGO in San Francisco where he is currently Assistant Program Director. Earlier in his career, he was the producer for current WPHT morning show host Chris Stigall when Stigall hosted mornings at KCMO – Kansas City.
WPHT, Talk Radio 1210, has picked up Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity's syndicated talk shows. The programs started airing on WPHT, 8 days ago on October 28th. Limbaugh is aired live from noon to 3 pm and Hannity on a six-hour delay.
Limbaugh debuted on 1210AM, WPHT in July 2000 and remained on the station until June 2012 when the broadcast moved to WWIQ, Camden (the old WKDN). Rush is heard by up to 20 million people each week and he is the most listened to radio talk personality in America. Hannity is America’s second most-listened-to radio talk show with nearly 13 million weekly listeners.
Senior Vice President/Market Manager CBS RADIO Philadelphia Marc Rayfield (a member of the Broadcast Pioneers) said, “We couldn’t be more pleased to bring Rush and Sean home to WPHT. They are leaders in the format and the standard by which talk radio is measured. Rush will be the lead-in for Dick Morris who has been developing a strong program the past six months.”
The other WPHT talk shows basically shrink by an hour. Broadcast Pioneers member Dom Giordano returns back to his old 9 am to 12 noon time slot. WWIQ has been sold with resulted in the talk line up finding new homes. So far, no one in the Philadelphia market has picked up Glenn Beck, Mark Levin and Michael Savage. WWIQ will switch to a religious format called "K-Love" shortly.
In case you were wondering where syndicated talk show host Mark Levine previously heard on WWIQ was going, he's now on WNTP, 990 on AM (the old WIBBAGE). In fact during the last week on WWIQ, they bought spots saying that Mark was moving to WNTP. What made it more interesting was that the spot said that Levine was during the last full week of October running on both stations and they encouraged you to switch from WWIQ to WNTP right now.
Michael Savage does yet have a radio home here in this market. He was heard daily from 9 pm to 12 midnight. However, his new deal with Cumulus Media Networks moves him into the 3 to 6 pm time slot. On many of the Cumulus stations, Sean Hannity was carried. Cumulus syndicates the Savage program and is trying Savage in a new time period to increase the company's bottom line.
No word yet where talker Glenn Beck will go. A little while ago, he bought time on WWIQ urging listeners to tune in to The Blaze Radio on the Internet and follow his radio broadcast. Beck is also pushing local cable and satellite providers to start carrying his Blaze TV Network which carries the radio broadcast with cameras (similar to Imus' radio broadcast which is also broadcast on the Fox Business Network on TV.
Since Limbaugh and Hannity started on WPHT on Monday, October 28th, and Mark Levine moved to WNTP, WWIQ had to fill their schedule until the station's sale is final. So during the week of October 28th, the station carried "The Blaze Radio Network - Philadelphia." The Blaze is Glenn Beck's venture with networks on both radio and television. Beginning yesterday, "The Blaze Radio - Philadelphia" will be on the Internet. Programming includes local news, weather twice per hour and traffic every 15 minutes. WWIQ signed off at midnight this past Sunday and then the station signed back on as WKVP (now owned by EMF Broadcasting) doing a Christian AC Format called K-Love. The KVP call letters were previously on EMF's station in Cherry Hill at 89.5 when they were doing the K-Love format.. That station is now WYPA and they will carry EMF's Christ CHR Air-1 Network. Gerry Wilkinson, our Chairman of the Board said that he noticed on his car radio that the WWIQ call letters disappeared off the display a few weeks ago; it was just saying 106.9 in preparation for the format and call letter flip. 106.9 has much greater power and antenna height than the 89.5 frequency.
A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY!
WFIL, Famous 56 Boss Jock Tom Dooley
Official Publicity Still
THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES:
Growing Up in the 40s!
Broadcast Pioneers member Bobbie Caplan Shaffner e-mailed us with some of her childhood memories about Philadelphia broadcasting. She writes:
When I was a student at The Samuel Pennypacker Elementary School in Philadelphia, we had, at the time, what was called "The Verse Speaking Choir." I was in the 5th grade when I was chosen to be a soloist with the choir. One Saturday morning in the early 1940's we were invited to appear on WFIL Radio. This was a thrill to all us girls because we were big fans of "The Magic Lady."
One of the reasons was Eddie Fisher, whose picture was plastered all over the PTC trolleys we took to school. I remember being escorted downtown to the WFIL Studios on Chestnut Street by my mother, and standing before the big mikes of the day. This was my initiation into radio, and I have been a fan of radio, both am and fm, ever since.
Skipper Dawes was a popular figure on "The Magic Lady" and he used to come around to different schools and entertain on the piano. He came to Pennypacker when I was in the 5th grade, and it was a big event to us kids. He was like a pre-cursor to Steve Allen, doing parodies of songs, seemingly making it up as he went along, and tailoring it all to the school he was at.
As it turned out I wound up working at WCAU, both radio & TV, on City Line Avenue, and am now a member of The Broadcast Pioneers.
My big event in those days, especially 1943, during WWll was getting hundreds of free movie tickets because my aunt's boss gave me the privilege of submitting to my 5th Grade Class a $l0,000 War Bond. Every $25 War Bond was given a $.25 ticket to see a movie, free. I wound up with several hundred movie tickets, and happily distributed them to everyone in my class. It made me very popular.
As for Radio, in the l940's "Helen Trent" was the soap opera we listened to the most. We would walk home from school, and the first thing was to turn on the radio to "The Romance of Helen Trent." It was a l5-minute break from our daily grind, and a"must" as we ate our lunch, before walking back to school.
WCAU seemed to have the best soap operas, as I remember, and then, of course, in the evening there was "The Lone Ranger" and "Superman." The "Shadow" was on there, too, as well as all The Phillies games, with By Saam announcing.
Some great talents came out of 'CAU, one of them being the actor, Paul Douglas. My husband Henry and I just watched him in an MGM classic starring Van Johnson, playing a Catholic Priest, and Douglas, a con man...a movie called "When In Rome." Alan Scott was a voice you heard over 'CAU over the years. He was a Central High School grad who changed his name from "Schwartz," which was not uncommon in that era.
More Memories about Jean Shepherd!
Broadcast Pioneers member Kenn Venit wrote for us some of his thoughts about one of the people we will induct posthumously this month. The man's name is Jean Shepherd. Here's what he wrote:
"Excelsior, You fathead!
"Wanda Hickey's Night of Golden Memories."
"Radio drama is dead. What I do is radio drama."
The immortal words of Jean Shepherd – but, OK, maybe the last one is not exactly immortal.
However, almost half-a-century later, I still remember them from Shep's speech on Friday, May 8, 1964, at the Temple University Communications & Journalism Annual Banquet (better known as the WRTI Banquet). It was held at the Alden Park Manor on Wissahickon Drive. I was 19, and one of the many "undercover'' young listeners to his late-night radio broadcasts on 50,000 watt WOR 710 New York. (Shep worked at 50,000-watt KYW Philadelphia from 1951-1953, but I was in single digits.)
As Shep stepped to the microphone, a WRTI engineer played his theme song, the Bahn Frei Polka," by Eduard Strauss, with the U.S Cavalry Bugle First Call at the start of the Polka. I still listen to it now and then.
I was in awe just being in the same room, and amazed that he was so at ease in a room full of strangers. He questioned why Temple University still had a course in radio drama, theorizing maybe it was because some faculty members were old-fashioned (I think he said it another way) or behind the times. Professor Del Dusenbury, who taught the required radio drama course, was obviously shocked and displeased. I think he left the room at that point.
Shep worked unscripted that night as he did every night on the radio. For the life of me, I can't remember what else he said to us in that speech, but in a publicity release which had been sent to me for use in the May 7, 1964 Temple NEWS, he was described as someone who "presents ideas in the form of conversation and drama."
He also used sound effects (some emanating from his mouth), and music to help convey his thoughts. You created your own images as you listened.
After his speech (which, as I recall was recorded on reel-to-reel audiotape by WRTI-FM student staffers), Shep signed autographs, mingled with students, and showed absolutely no signs of being an egotist. He seemed somewhat surprised at how many of us at Temple were faithful listeners (he was on WOR from 1956-1977).
Shep died on October 16, 1999. Among the many online tributes to him was one from a fan, Prof. Rob Kleidman of Ohio State University, who said a colleague of his claimed the best evaluation as to what a teacher meant to a student comes years later.
If we "evaluate" Shep as having been a "teacher," I can say he did a great job teaching me, and so many others, about how to combine drama and conversation to be an effective storyteller. I actually use some of his techniques in my journalism classrooms, at times playing "roles" and always engaging my students (it's now called being "interactive") in discussions requiring critical thinking. Early in the semester, I interview some in front the class, take some notes, and then tell a story about them, unscripted. They also learn that I can take that verbal version, and convert it to another medium, with or without pictures.
Shep worked in radio, TV, theater, and as an author, musician, and public speaker. He was "converged" before the word was defined as it is today.
His signature motto, "Excelsior!" was his reminder to us to always be higher, loftier, better than we thought we were or could ever be. His polka theme song, "Bahn Frei," translates to "make way!" – which he did.
As to whether Shep's words are "immortal," you can still hear many of them thanks to online podcasts and airchecks. And when I hear the "Bahn Frei Polka" (starting with the U.S. Cavalry Bugle First Call), I go back to a place in time when I would fall asleep listening to someone who told stories – not necessarily bedtime ones, but about people, places, and ideas I could dream about, one way or another.
Thanks, Mr. Shepherd…
A LITTLE BIT OF BROADCAST HISTORY!
Dr. Shock (Joe Zawislak) and daughter Doreen (Bubbles)
Photo originally donated by Roland Coover
Johnny B. Hall remembers Bandstand!
Broadcast Pioneers member Johnny B. Hall e-mailed us about our October luncheon and the Pedicins. Johnny said:
I was living on Long Island, New York, in the late 50s, and graduated from Garden City High in 1960, and so, like every other music-loving teen of the era, I came home after school and turned on Bandstand to see which recording star was lip-synching that day. Instead, the guests were the Mike Pedicin Quintet, who played live! Their first number was "Shake a Hand," which I had never heard before - real jazzy. Their second number was a thing called "The Dickie-Doo." Just before they started the song, a boy came over to the mic and yelled, "Hey, kids! Let's do the Dickie-Doo!" That obviously was Mike Jr. After the song, Dick Clark came over to Mike Sr. and they had a little discussion on how much Mike Jr.'s little intro had added to the song. I never heard the recording, so I can't attest to the accuracy of that statement, but it was cool live!
Fast forward to 2013, and on August 17, at the dream team reunion of Joe Nardone and the All Stars and Eddie Day and the Star Fires (my band), our last song together, unrehearsed, was "Shake a Hand." I had never played it before, but it's not a hard song to play, so I played forth with a right good will! A lot of fun!
WPTZ Announces they will carry Penn Football!
During the summer of 1945, WPTZ, Channel 3 (owned by Philco at the time) said that they would telecast all the home games of the University of Pennsylvania football. They said that all the telecasts would be sponsored by the Atlantic Refining Company. They had been doing so for five years.
Paul Knight, who was the TV station manager at that time said: "We are throwing the doors open to agencies. We were on the air for 20 to 25 hours before the war and we plan to resume regular telecasting this fall." The bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were just days before.
Knight also said that WPTZ will feed the football games to WNBT (now WNBC-TV) in New York City if the station can obtain the necessary equipment. He also said that Channel 3 expects to increase their staff from 15 to 20 in just the next couple of months. WPTZ is now known at KYW-TV.
During 1945, Atlantic started a month later (in September) broadcasting more sporting events than ever before. The company sponsored 180 games on 78 different stations (all on the east coast). That was a record for them. They had been sponsoring local sports since 1936.
Navy games were included along with those for Penn, Duke, Virginia, Georgia Tech, Temple, Pitt, Ohio State, Cornell, Syracuse, Brown, Dartmouth and F & M. Princeton had been missing for a year or so, but returned to the 1945 schedule.
The largest radio broadcast was on 52 stations and was the October 20, 1945 broadcast of the University of Pittsburgh vs. Notre Dame. Professional football was also included with games of the Eagles and the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Most television broadcasts in 1945 had to be viewed on sets made before the Second World War. Early the next year (January 1946), John Ballantyne, president of Philco told government officials that he hopes to have Philco TV sets on the market by that summer.
David B. Smith, vice-president in charge of engineering for Philco said that Philco intends to use its television station in Philadelphia and its proposed Washington, DC. station as a proving ground for relay video transmission. He did say, however, that the company did not foresee itself establishing its own broadcast TV network. Smith said: "We have been looking forward for 18 years to the time when television would be a commercial reality and ready for widespread use. We believe that time has now come."
1954 Awards Dinner!
On March 2, 1954, the first regional TV awards banquet was sponsored by the Television Association of Philadelphia and TV Guide (owned at that time by Walter Annenberg, who also owned WFIL-TV, Channel 6). Hubbell Robinson, VP in charge of programming for CBS-TV was there. Why does Robinson's name sound familiar? Why, the name of the town on "Action in the Afternoon" was called Huberle, Montana. WCAU-TV's VP, Charlie Vanda made up the name on the spot at a CBS meeting in NYC by combining the names of two network executives, Henry "Harry" Omerle (formerly with ad agency "Ruthrauff & Ryan) and Hubbell Robinson.
Well, back to our story. Awards were based on a TV Guide Poll with more than 14,000 people responding. Some of the award winners that evening included:
The Children's Hour (WCAU-TV)
Willie the Worm (WCAU-TV)
Let Skinner Do It (WPTZ)
Sports Final with Jack Whitaker (WCAU-TV)
Early Morning Programming
Mr. & Missus with the Cranes (WCAU-TV
Operation Blackboard (WPTZ)
Phil Sheridan with the Weather (WCAU-TV)
John Facenda and the News (WCAU-TV)
Bandstand with Bob Horn (WFIL-TV)
Quiz Show Programming
Cinderella Weekend with Alan Scott (WCAU-TV)
Interview and Comment Programming
Skinner's Spotlight (WPTZ)
Shelly Gross (WFIL-TV)
Networking Programming Originating from Philadelphia
The Big Top (WCAU-TV)
The Big Idea with Donn Bennett (WCAU-TV)
Great Music with Guy Marriner (WPTZ)
(Left to right) Dean Martin, member Max E. Solomon and Jerry Lewis
A FINAL THOUGHT....One time, Harry Harris, film and TV Critic for the Philadelphia Inquirer (and before that, for the Evening Bulletin) asked Tom Snyder what he would do for an hour if no one showed up to appear on his telecast. Tom said:
"If a guest calls in late or sick, maybe I'll just come out with a dummy. I could sit for an hour and talk to myself. I'm one of the most interesting people I know."
as told to Broadcast Pioneers member Harry Harris
in Harry's unpublished book, "TV Star Secrets"
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