November 07, 2015

Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia 50th Annual Banquet

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On November 20, 2015 the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia had their Annual Hall of Fame and Person of the Year Awards Dinner. It was held at the Hilton Hotel on City Avenue in Philadelphia.

There was a record sold out crowd in attendance to honor those who were selected for the Hall of Fame. This year the Person of the Year was Bob Pantano who has been in Philadelphia radio since 1971. His Saturday Night Dance Party has been running continuously since 1977 on WOGL.

Among those honored was Pierre Robert from WMGK’s sister station WMMR who was inducted into the Hall of Fame. He has been on the air at the Greater Media station for 33 straight years.

Joe Tarsia, Chief Engineer and the owner of the world famous Sigma Sound Studios, was a great selection. A real living legend, Joe used his studio to record the Gamble & Huff Sound of Philadelphia, Hall & Oates, Stevie Wonder, BB King, Steely Dan, The Talking Heads, Paul Simon, Billy Joel, David Bowie, Robert Palmer and an album that I produced by Thunder & Roses called KING OF THE BLACK SUNRISE.

Sigma Sound was the studio that was used for the early WMMR live radio concerts that launched the careers of artists like Billy Joel. Prior to starting his own studio, Joe worked for Cameo Parkway where he worked with Philly stars like Chubby Checker, Bobby Rydell, The Dovells and The Orlons. He has countless numbers of Gold and Platinum records to his credit. Although Sigma Sound Studios closed after Joe’s retirement, it has been named by the State of Pennsylvania as a historical landmark.

A video of the entire ceremony can be seen on the Broadcast Pioneers website or by clicking onto the icon located on the front page of our website.

Here is the entire list of 2015 Honorees and some exclusive photos from this year's event!

"Person of the Year" for 2015:

Bob Pantano

Living Hall of Fame Inductees for 2015:

Lynne Barrett, TV personality & voice over announcer from the 40s to the 70s
Tracy Davidson, NBC 10 News Anchor & Reporter & 6-time Emmy Winner
Jim Donovan, CBS 3 Consumer Affairs Reporter & 13-time Emmy Winner
Harvey Holiday, 98.1, WOGL Air Personality for the last quarter century
Dick Kearney, former WCAU Cameraman Extraordinaire & Emmy winner
Lauren Lipton, currently, the KYW Newsradio Morning Drive News Editor
Marian Lockett-Egan, advertising guru & former leader of Broadcast Pioneers
Al Primo, the person who changed television news across the nation forever
Pierre Robert, long-time radio DJ & air personality on 93.3, WMMR Radio
Karen Rogers, morning Traffic/Weather Anchor for Action News, 6ABC
Joe Tarsia, founder/owner of Sigma Sound Studios with 100s of Gold Records
Marlin Taylor, father of the "beautiful music radio format & former PD at WDVR

Posthumous Hall of Fame Inductees for 2015:

Don Cannon, former radio air personality at several different stations in town
Mark Drucker, KYW Newsradio reporter, former newsman for John DeBella
Aldo Farnese, former TV Children's Air Personality on WKBS & Channel 29
Dick Heist, suburban station announcer/air personality for many decades
Helen Pulaski Innes, WIP's first female Program Director & that was in 1922
Lee McCarthy, former NBC correspondent & Channel 29 news anchor/reporter
Wynn Moore, former radio talk show host at several stations in Philadelphia
Cozy Morley, popular Southern New Jersey entertainer, musician and comedian
Karin Phillips, former KYW Newsradio, 1060, community affairs reporter
Art Szcykalski, former WPHL, Channel 17 Manager of Engineering & Operations

 Below are some photos from this year's event:


Old friends and former co-workers Harvey Holiday of WOGL and T. Morgan talk about old times



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T. Morgan, Debbie Gallo (WVLT) and Tony Harris (WMGK) / Photo by Michael Muderick




Anne Gress,  the Program Director for WOGL




The table with all-time great at WIBG and WPEN Bill Wright holding court




John Kane and Leigh Richards




Person of the year Bob Pantano gets the crowd up and dancing




The crew from WPVI Channel 6 gathers around their table



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Debbie Gallo of WVLT talks to a new member of the Hall of Fame Joe Tarsia



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Broadcast Pioneers CEO Gerry Wilkinson talks to co-MC Dom Giordano of WPHT



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Jerry Lee owner of WBEB 101.1, Jay LLoyd of KYW and Leigh Richards of KYW pose for a picture



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Channels 6's new member of the Hall of Fame, Karen Rodgers, talks to friends




Lauren Lipton and co-MC Larry Kane talk at KYW's table




Brad Seecof, founder of Metramedia Channel 4 with Steve Highsmith of Channel 17



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Leigh Richards KYW and Steve Ross WNTP




Two living legends and Hall of Fame members, Bill Wright and Harvey Holiday, have a meeting of the minds




WMMR's Pierre Robert



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Last year's Person of the Year and long-time radio veteran Pat Delsi


  • Comment Link Valerie Morrison - Psychic Medium Thursday, April 27, 2023 posted by Valerie Morrison - Psychic Medium

    You have a very informative website T. Morgan!

    And to all my fellow Broadcast Pioneers Members...
    May your Future bring to you all the Joy your Hearts can hold.

    God Bless
    Valerie Morrison - Psychic Medium

  • Comment Link Michael Muderick Tuesday, December 1, 2015 posted by Michael Muderick

    Great website. Lots of information and news

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