November 26, 2014

Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia 49th Annual Banquet

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On November 21, 2014 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.

This year one of those inducted into the hall of fame was WMGK’s own morning man, John DeBella. Many of the WMGK staff were there to support and cheer him on. This is an enormous honor for John who has been the Philadelphia radio market for many successful years at WMMR and WYSP prior to joining the WMGK air staff. It was an honor that was more than due.

While many just know John DeBella as the man who gets them up every morning with a wide variety of humor, music and general craziness, John is much more than a voice on the radio. Those who know him well, know that he is very active in the Philadelphia community helping people from the veterans to the hungry. Though his untiring efforts, thousands of local people have been helped. This year’s turkey drop is just one example. Once again 1,000’s upon 1,000’s of turkeys were donated by DeBella’s listeners.

John was joined on stage at the dinner with the rest of this year’s deserving inductees and gave a rousing acceptance speech. He now joins an amazing array of very talented radio and TV people.

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 2014 Honorees and some exclusive photos from this year's event!

"Person of the Year" for 2014:

Pat Delsi

Living Hall of Fame Inductees for 2014:

John DeBella, longtime Philadelphia morning drive host on WMGK-FM, 102.9
George Finkel, Emmy winning director of Super Bowl & Olympics coverage
Ralph (Bud) Galow, engineer for decades at WRCV and KYW Radio
Dom Giordano, morning talk show host on WPHT, 1210 Talk Radio on AM
Bill Henley, meteorologist at WCAU-TV (NBC 10) for more than 2 decades
David Henry, WPVI-TV news street reporter for almost three decades
Blaise Howard, Vice President and General Manager of More FM, 101.1
Agnes Nixon, creator of modern soap operas All My Children & One Life to Live
Connie Roussin (Spann), legendary TV host of many TV shows on Channel 6
Susan Schiller, Vice President and News Director, CBS 3 & CW Philly 57
Sue Serio, veteran meteorologist and morning Weather Anchor for Fox 29
Fred Walters, legendary executive editor at KYW Newsradio & more

Posthumous Hall of Fame Inductees for 2014:

Stella Alberts, famed producer of the Al Alberts Showcase on WPVI-TV
Marian Anderson, one of America's best contraltos in the entire 20th century
Walter Beaulieu, engineer extraordinaire for WFIL-TV/WPVI for 4 decades
Ralph Collier, iconic interviewer at WFLN, WCAU, WRTI-FM and WBUX
Joe "Dr. Shock" Zawislak, iconic horror movie host on WPHL-TV, Channel 17
Warren Kraetzer, former president of WHYY-TV, WUHY-TV and Radio
John Leitch, Chief Engineer at WCAU Radio & WCAU-TV for decades
Bob Mitchell, popular DJ on WIBG during their heyday plus WDAS & WCAM
Fred Sherman, legendary business news commentator for KYW Newsradio
Joe Tamburro (Butterball), VP of Programming & PD for WDAS AM & FM
Ron Tindiglia, developer of the WFIL-TV/WPVI format of "Action News"


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 Harry Hurley (a member of the hall of fame) and his wife.


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 John DeBella with his wife.



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 Tom Lamaine who acted as the MC for the awards.



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 The legendary Ed Hurst who is still on the air.



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 Newly inducted Hall of Famer Sue Serio posing with some friends.



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 Bill Henley of Channel Ten who was also newly inducted.




 Two radio greats, Tom Moran and Dean Tyler who are already in the Hall of Fame.




 Angel Donato (B101) and Leigh Richards (KYW)



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 John DeBella on stage after being inducted into the Hall of Fame.



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