Polling expert James Lee, president and founder of Harrisburg-based Susquehanna Polling & Research, Inc., has conducted political research and polling for top-name clients in Pennsylvania and across the United States for more than 15 years. He has conducted polling in Pennsylvania this year for the presidential and U.S. Senate races. His firm also works with corporate clients, including businesses, trade associations, hospitals and media groups.
Lee is a frequent on-air political analyst and personality for Susquehanna Polling’s local media partner, ABC27 news in Harrisburg, and he is a regular contributor to the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry’s quarterly newsletter.
2015 - 2016
Blogger and photographer HughE Dillon, widely considered to be Philadelphia’s premier paparazzo, will speak at the Delaware County Press Club’s luncheon meeting on Wednesday, May 18 at noon at DiFabio’s, 1243 N. Providence Road in Media at the site of the former Rose Tree Inn.
Dillon’s blog, phillychitchat.com, provides photography and news coverage of Philadelphia’s social, political and lifestyle scenes. He founded the online publication in 2007 while he worked as a paralegal. After three years, the social diary gained significant traction and Dillon started photographing events full time. The blog is now considered one of the leading news and entertainment outlets in the Philadelphia region.
Dillon is also a regular contributor to philly.com, phillymag.com, phillystylemag.com, FOX29 and Good Day Philadelphia, 95.7 BEN FM, Philadelphia magazine, The Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News, and Liberty City Press.
Jan Dickler and his wife, Susan Cohen-Dickler, have produced more than 5,000 episodes of reality television.
Dickler is co-founder and executive producer of Banyan Productions, one of the country’s pioneer producers of reality programming, including leading programs in the genre such as A Wedding Story, Ambush Makeover and Trading Spaces. He worked with several cable channels, including Discovery, the Food Network, HGTV and Travel Channel. At one point, Banyan Productions had 10 series running simultaneously on cable and broadcast channels, including PBS and FOX.
As business partners for 20 years, Dickler and his wife have documented the life‐changing experiences of thousands of real people in the reality shows they produce. They recently established PersonalCast Studios, which creates “life story” productions to capture the memories of couples and individuals on video.
David H. Lipson, Jr. is president of Metro Corp., which publishes Philadelphia and Boston magazines. He is leading the effort to bring the magazines into the digital age while maintaining their core mission of connecting readers with their communities.
Philadelphia magazine has been published continually since its founding in 1908 as a quarterly publication. Lipson’s grandfather, S. Arthur Lipson, purchased the magazine in 1946 and it has remained in the family since.
Lipson is active with many community organizations and serves on the board of directors of the Boy Scouts of America, the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce.
David H. Lipson, Jr.
Richard Ross Jr.
Philadelphia police commissioner Richard Ross Jr. leads the fourth largest police department in the nation with more than 6,300 sworn and 800 civilian members. He was appointed commissioner on January 5 after serving as first deputy commissioner for the past eight years.
During his 25-year career with the Philadelphia Police Department, Ross has served in various units including patrol, special operations, homicide and internal affairs. As first deputy commissioner, his command included homeland security and domestic preparedness, criminal intelligence and community relations.
Ross was born and raised in Philadelphia and graduated from Central High School, Penn State University and St. Joseph’s University.
Roger LaMay, general manager of radio station WXPN and former news director of Fox 29, is a 30-year broadcast veteran. LaMay joined WXPN in January 2003 and is responsible for the overall operations of the station including fundraising, programming and marketing. During his tenure, WXPN forged a long-term partnership and distribution agreement with National Public Radio and NPR Music, moved and expanded its annual summer music festival, and launched its popular Free at Noon live weekly concert series. In November 2015, LaMay was elected Chairman of the Board of National Public Radio.
Additionally, under LaMay’s leadership the station completed construction of a state-of-the-art studio and headquarters that opened in 2004 in a unique partnership with World Cafe Live, the performance venue named for WXPN’s flagship program that is located in the same building; acquired new broadcast licenses in Central Pennsylvania and Northwest New Jersey/Northeast Pennsylvania, effectively tripling the station’s geographical broadcast coverage; and championed community and business partnerships that have helped establish WXPN as an essential cultural component and resource in the greater Philadelphia area.
As general manager and news director of Fox 29 in Philadelphia, LaMay created its award winning news program The Ten O’Clock News. He holds a master’s degree in organizational dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s degree from Skidmore College.
Pat Ciarrocchi, who recently retired after a 33-year career as a reporter and anchor with CBS3 in Philadelphia, will be the speaker at the Press Club’s final meeting at the Towne House before the iconic restaurant closes permanently at the end of the year.
Ciarrocchi joined Channel 3 in 1982. She set the pace for morning news in Philadelphia as the station’s early morning news anchor, growing that program from a half-hour newscast to a two-hour staple in the market. Ciarrocchi has excelled in a variety of assignments at Channel 3 from Evening Magazine, which she co-hosted from 1991 to 1992, traveling to Great Britain and Israel for special reports. She also served as the station’s medical reporter for five years, and has done some of her most memorable work with six overseas assignments at the Vatican.
Ciarrocchi’s work has earned her multiple Philadelphia Emmy Awards, including recognition for individual achievement in News Writing. In 2014, Pat was inducted into the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame, becoming the first female news anchor to earn that designation. In 2000, she was inducted into the Philadelphia Broadcast Pioneers Hall of Fame in recognition of her accomplishments in the television industry.
Before returning home to Philadelphia, Ciarrocchi was anchor/reporter/producer for WHAG-TV in Hagerstown, Maryland for three years. She began her career in broadcasting in 1974 at WAMS Radio in Wilmington, but became captivated by reporting the news while on staff at WDEL Radio, Delaware’s top-rated radio station.
Ben Davis, part of the Philadelphia Phillies broadcast team, is a former Major League baseball catcher and a native of Delaware County. He became part of the Comcast SportsNet broadcast team earlier this year, joining Tom McCarthy, Matt Stairs, Gregg Murphy and Mike Schmidt for the 2015 season.
Davis earned acclaim as an accomplished catcher while at Malvern Prep in Malvern, PA, and was selected second overall in the 1995 Major League Baseball draft. He played seven years at the Major League level, including stints with the Padres, Mariners and Red Sox.
Davis has spent the past four seasons providing analysis on Comcast SportsNet’s Phillies pre- and post-game shows, as well as weekly appearances on 94WIP.
Father Paul Morrissey
Father Paul Morrissey, OAS, author of a recent novel about the cover-up of the sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church, has been an ordained Roman Catholic priest for 48 years.
Morrissey’s novel, The Black Wall of Silence, features a Catholic priest who is caught between fighting for the victims of sexual abuse and his vow of loyalty to the church. The story shows the internal dynamics of the people involved. He also wrote Let Someone Hold You: the Journey of a Hospice Priest, which won the Catholic Press Award.
Morrissey, a native of Upper Darby, also serves as a volunteer chaplain in the Philadelphia prison system. He is a graduate of Monsignor Bonner High School and Villanova University.
Chris Murphy, co-anchor of FOX29’s “Good Day Philadelphia,” was the opening speaker for the Delaware County Press Club’s 2015-16 season.
Murphy joined FOX 29 in 2013 from KGTV in San Diego, where he served as weekend anchor and reporter. Prior to that, he was a reporter for KNSD in San Diego.
Murphy has held news anchor and reporter positions at various stations and markets, including Portland, OR; San Francisco; Reno, NV; and Eureka, CA. Earlier in his career, he hosted “Travel Gear” on The Travel Channel. He began his career as a newsroom intern for KGET in Bakersfield, CA.
A graduate of the University of California-San Diego, Murphy holds a bachelor of arts degree in communications.
2014 - 2015
Ike Richman, a 26-year Comcast-Spectacor employee, serves as Vice President of Public Relations for the company, overseeing both public and media relations for all of the company’s assets, including the Wells Fargo Center, the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League, as well as the company’s public assembly facility management firm Global Spectrum, the company’s food and beverage concessionaire Ovations Food Services, the company’s ticketing system Paciolan and the four community skating rinks Flyers SkateZone.
During his 26-year tenure with Comcast-Spectacor, Richman has publicized numerous events, including the World Cup of Hockey, the Stanley Cup Finals, the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, the NCAA Women’s Final Four, the Republican National Convention, the NBA Finals, and the X Games.
Richman has also successfully publicized 12 ground breaking ceremonies and 15 ribbon-cutting events, as well as three name changes to the arenas and the Spectacor merger with Comcast in l996.
As a publicist, Richman has created, implemented and executed events for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, Disney on Ice, the International Championship Rodeo, Harlem Globetrotters, World Wrestling Entertainment, Stars on Ice, the Philadelphia Wings indoor lacrosse team, the Philadelphia Bulldogs roller hockey team and more than 500 hundred concerts.
Richman, 49, joined Comcast-Spectacor’s predecessor Spectacor in l989 as a radio producer and engineer at WIP SportsRadio until Spectacor sold WIP in l992. He moved to the Spectrum in April of l992 as Public Relations Assistant. Since that time, he also served as Public Relations Manager and Public Relations Director.
Two local women who recently appeared on national television programs spoke about their experiences at the Delaware County Press Club’s monthly luncheon meeting. For both, their opportunities to be in the spotlight were unexpected and sudden.
Chester County Sheriff Carolyn “Bunny” Welsh appeared on the Meredith Vieira Show when she helped a young boy experience an outdoor adventure with the Chester County, South Carolina, sheriff’s office after he mistakenly thought the trip was offered by Welsh’s Chester County, Pennsylvania office.
Roxanne Chalifoux, Villanova University’s “piccolo girl,” was a guest on The Tonight Show after she was captured on national television with tears in her eyes as she played with Villanova’s pep band during the final minutes of her team’s March Madness loss.
Welsh has served since 2000 as Chester County’s first female sheriff. Under her leadership, the sheriff’s office has received numerous awards and has been recognized twice as the top sheriff’s office in Pennsylvania for crime prevention and community outreach. She serves on the Pennsylvania Commission for Women and was named one of 24 “Power Women” last year by Main Line Today magazine. Welsh is active with many community and civic organizations.
Chalifoux, a native of suburban Pittsburgh, also plays flute and bassoon. She is a senior biology major at Villanova and plans to attend optometry school this fall.
Sheriff Carolyn Welsh
John McNichol, president and CEO of the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority, spoke at the Delaware County Press Club’s monthly luncheon.
McNichol is responsible for the administrative oversight of the authority’s staff and SMG, the facility operator responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the Center. He also interacts and coordinates the Center’s activities with a wide-range of stakeholders, including the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, customers, labor unions, and contractors.
McNichol was appointed to the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority Board of Directors in 2007 and was named president and CEO in 2013. He is focused on ensuring the Center exceeds customer expectations, increasing business and bookings at the Center, and ensuring the recently expanded Center fulfills its promise as a driver of the regional economy.
McNichol serves as a member of the PHLCVB Board of Directors, Philadelphia Sports Congress Board Executive Committee, Pennsylvania Tourism Partnership Steering Committee and the Reading Terminal Market Board of Directors. He is also Chairman of the Board of Rugby Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of Monsignor Bonner High School and Villanova University.
Bob Kelly, FOX 29’s award-winning traffic reporter, will speak at the Delaware County Press Club’s monthly luncheon at noon on Wednesday, February 18 at the Towne House Restaurant, 117 Veterans Square in Media.
The Press Club will also honor longtime member Christina Parker, who recently retired as editor of Town Talk after 50 years with the local newspaper.
Kelly, an Emmy Award winner, joined the FOX 29 team in October 2014 as the traffic reporter for “Good Day Philadelphia.” He was previously the traffic reporter for 13 years at CBS 3 in Philadelphia.
He became the first Philadelphia traffic anchor to do reports in front of the green screen. Animated and fun to watch with his highly popular phrases like “jammo,” “two jelly donut delay,” and “the Conshy Curve,” Kelly is now referred to by many as "The Dean of Traffic."
Through the years, Bob entertained sports fans on the Jumbotron at the Eagles, Flyers and Sixers games, and with his popular segment “Tailgate Takeover” where he took viewers behind the scenes every week from the parking lot before Eagles games.
His began his career working with Jerry Blavat, The Geator, and he landed his first radio gig at 102.9 WMGK in Philadelphia. He worked up and down the dial at Philly's hottest radio stations, until traffic became news and he joined Shadow Traffic and KYW News Radio.
Bill Marimow, editor of The Philadelphia Inquirer, spoke at the Delaware County Press Club’s monthly luncheon.
Born in Philadelphia, Marimow grew up in Havertown and joined The Inquirer in July 1972 as a business reporter. As a reporter at The Inquirer, Marimow twice received the Pulitzer Prize – in 1978, for stories on criminal violence by Philadelphia police, and in 1984, for his investigation of the police K-9 unit. In 1985, his work on the MOVE bombing formed the backbone of The Inquirer’s Pulitzer Prize entry, which was a finalist in the general reporting category.
Marimow has also served as the editor of The Baltimore Sun and the vice president of news for National Public Radio. He is a graduate of Trinity College, and he studied First Amendment law at Harvard Law School as a Nieman Fellow.
Chris Gheysens is President and CEO of Wawa, a chain of more than 650 convenient, fast-casual-to-go stores located in six states in the Mid-Atlantic region and Florida. Wawa is a family and associate-owned, privately held company with approximately 23,000 associates serving more than 1.5 million customers daily.
Gheysens has been with Wawa for more than 16 years, previously serving as chief financial and administrative officer, managing the financial, legal and human resources functions. Prior to joining Wawa, Gheysens worked in the audit practice at Deloitte and Touche, LLP in Philadelphia, where he primarily focused on the retail industry, serving clients such as Wawa, Pep Boys and Reading China.
Gheysens is a graduate of Villanova University and Saint Joseph’s University. He serves on the board of directors for the Southeastern Pennsylvania chapter of the American Red Cross and the board of directors of the National Association of Convenience Stores. He also serves on the Foundation Board of Overseers for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, the Dean’s Advisory Committee for the Villanova School of Business, and is a member of the Economic Advisory Committee for the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia.
Ray Didinger won six Emmy Awards as a producer and writer with NFL Films. He is the author of ten books on sports, including his three most recent bestsellers: The New Eagles Encyclopedia, One Last Read, and The Ultimate Book of Sports Movies.
Born in Philadelphia, Ray attended St. James High School in Chester and graduated from Temple University’s School of Communications and Theater in 1968. Immediately afterward, Ray embarked on a very successful 30-year career in newspapers, writing for the Philadelphia Bulletin and thePhiladelphia Daily News.
He was named Pennsylvania Sportswriter of the Year five times by the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association. In 1995, he won the Dick McCann Award for long and distinguished coverage of pro football, and his name was added to the writers' honor roll in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
As a broadcaster, Ray’s analysis and commentaries are heard on 94-WIP sports talk radio, KYW news radio, and Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia, where he is a regular panelist on the television shows Eagles Post-Game Live, Eagles Extra, and Philly Sports Talk.
Dom offers an intelligent “guy next door” sensibility that’s as comfortable as your favorite chair. Born and raised in South Philly, Dom’s local flavor makes him one of the region’s best-connected media personalities. Dom Giordano’s mix of compelling topics, great local callers and provocative guests produces fascinating talk radio. Dom began his unique path to broadcasting as a high school teacher in the Delaware Valley, where he received widespread media coverage for his innovative teaching and motivational techniques with his students.
Giordano was hired at WWDB Radio in 1987, becoming the country’s first teacher-turned-talk show host. “Talkers Magazine” named Dom one of the Top 100 Most Influential Talk Show Hosts in America for five years. Dom is a frequent guest commentator on the Fox News Channel, CNN’s “Talkback Live”, Court TV, “It’s Your Call” on Comcast’s CN8, NBC-10 News, and WHYY-TV 12 News Programs.
Dom is a frequent fill in host for the Lou Dobbs Radio Show and formerly for the Radio Factor with Bill O’Reilly. Dom also writes frequent columns for newspapers throughout the region, including “The Philadelphia Inquirer”, “The Bucks County Courier Times”, “The Main Line Times”, and “The Northeast Times”. Dom lives in Germantown with his wife Rosemary, and their two sons, Luke and DJ.
Donald A. Guardian was sworn-in as Mayor of Atlantic City on January 1, 2014. Prior to that, he was the director of the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority’s Special Improvement Division (formerly known as the Atlantic City Special Improvement District or ACSID).
As ACSID Director, Mr. Guardian was instrumental in developing program concepts and standards for environmental services, landscaping, and ambassador programs for Atlantic City. During his tenure at Atlantic City Special Improvement District, Mr. Guardian was able to add information services, street-scaping and site improvements, staff development, business support services, economic development, and over 120 facades for businesses, and support for special events.
Mr. Guardian previously served as the Executive Assistant to the President of the Claridge Casino Hotel. While in that position, his duties included corporate development as well as civic involvement of the company’s President and Board Chairman.
Prior to his position at the Claridge, Mr. Guardian served with the Boys Scouts of America in executive positions for sixteen years. The last position he held was Council Scout Executive and Chief Operating Officer. His years with Scouts were marked with innovative fundraisers, successful marketing to increase the customer base, membership growth, quality program development, community leader recruiting and leadership of a staff of 100.
Mr. Guardian is an active member in numerous local civic, business and community organizations. He is past President of the Rotary Club of Atlantic City and Past District Governor of Rotary District 7640, past President of the South Jersey AIDS Alliance, and Vice President/Secretary of The Metropolitan Business and Citizens Association. In addition, Mr. Guardian is a past president of the Gardner’s Basin Board of Directors and a Board Member of the Greater Atlantic City Chamber of Commerce.
Donald A. Guardian is a graduate of Don Bosco Prep in Ramsey, NJ and an alumnus of Upsala College in East Orange, NJ. In addition, he has 1,000 hours of advance seminars in People Management, Fiduciary and Internal controls and personal skills development.
Mr. Guardian resides with his long-time partner, Louis Fatato, in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
2013 - 2014
Scott Palmer, a former sportscaster and anchor at WPVI’s Action News, has been an integral member of the Phillies PR and Communications Department. He is currently involved in various aspects with the Phillies including media relations, fan relations and advertising, and played a major role in the massive media and event coordination surrounding the 2008 and 2009 World Series, as well as the top 10 moments at Citizens Bank Park. Palmer also hosts Behind the Pinstripes, a weekly segment part of Phillies Clubhouse that airs every Sunday during the Phillies season on Comcast SportsNet.
During his time at Channel Six, Palmer reported on every major sports championship, including the Super Bowl, the NBA Finals, the Stanley Cup Finals, and the World Series. He also anchored the Sunday morning edition of Action News, and eventually the Saturday morning as well. Throughout his career, Scott received several honors, including Pennsylvania Special Olympics Sportscaster of the Year, the Champion in the Community award given by Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, and a special award from the Philadelphia Section of the PGA.
In 2007, Ewers assumed the role of President and CEO of Kimmel Center, Inc. The $35 million organization owns and operates the Kimmel Center and manages the Academy of Music and the Merriam Theatre, homes to eight resident companies. The Kimmel Center also presents a variety of its own offerings including Broadway, jazz and popular mix.
In her inaugural year with the Center, the Company retired its $30 million construction debt, raised the endowment from $40 million to $72 million and garnered $10 million to establish a biennial city-wide festival, The Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts. Launched in 2011 and repeated in 2013, the Festival has drawn over 600,000 attendees, driving $79.3 million into the region’s economy. In tandem with Kieran Timberlake Architects, the Company has developed a Master Plan for which $14 million has been raised to improve Verizon Hall acoustics, renovate Hamilton Garden and Innovation Studio and open Volvér with famed iron chef Jose Garces.
Ewers previously served as president and chief executive officer of Utah Symphony & Opera. Prior to joining Utah Opera,. Ewers’ positions included general director of the Boston Lyric Opera from 1984-1989 where she retired a $450,000 deficit, built an endowment fund and added two main stage productions. From 1979-1981, she was assistant stage director at San Francisco Opera.
Active in her community and in several professional organizations, Ewers serves on the Executive Committee and the Board of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, the Board of the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance and is a member of the Philadelphia Women’s Forum. She is also a frequent panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts.
Cahn has filled many roles at WCAU TV—breaking news reporter, anchor and entertainment show host – but is mostly known as a hard-charging investigative reporter with a talent for uncovering scandals and scams. In 2005, Cahn won a National Emmy for her undercover investigative story “Dirty Little Secret” about an illegal bar run by elected officials in their dry town.
Cahn made local and national news when she publicly told her story of battling breast cancer after a missed diagnosis when she was only 35. Her 1992 special report “Breast Cancer: My Personal Story” won her a national Clarion award and two Mid Atlantic Regional Emmys.
Cahn also had surgery for ulcerative colitis and kidney cancer. She regularly speaks on behalf of Living Beyond Breast Cancer, other area cancer support groups and the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America.
Lu Ann will be available to meet and sign copies of her inspirational memoir, I Dare Me, an entertaining look back on a year that changed everything for her. The book grew out of a blog called Year of Firsts, which chronicled the veteran journalist, mother and survivor’s daily adventures as she pushed herself to try something new for every single day .
Casey "Boy" Foster
The Press Club Serving the Philadelphia Suburbs hosted a media panel featuring experts in radio.
• Mellany Armstrong, Morning News Anchor, WDEL, Wilmington. Mellany Armstrong is morning anchor and reporter for WDEL Radio in Wilmington, Delaware.She most enjoys getting regular folks in Delaware to tell their interesting stories in her weekly series called Delaware Stories. She’ll also go pretty far to cover a story, like 14,000 feet up to sky dive, 17 stories up to rappel down the side of a building, and 10 feet across a hot bed of coals. She uses social media for tips on stories, including a recent series on the stress 9-1-1 call-takers and dispatchers experience when handling traumatic situations, such as a double murder/suicide in the New Castle County Courthouse.
Mellany doesn’t use a tape recorder when reporting her stories – she uses a video camera, and edits radio packages for the air and video packages for the web.Mellany won the prestigious national Edward R. Murrow award in 2007 for her series on childhood obesity, and in 2009 for best newscast.She has previously worked as a news anchor and reporter at major-market radio stations WBAL in Baltimore and KYW Newsradio in Philadelphia. She’s also worked for daily and weekly newspapers.
• Bob Charger, Radio Personality, WOGL FM, Philadelphia, Evening Host. Bob Charger was just 14-years-old when he launched his radio career on a small radio station in South Jersey. Upon graduation from Southern High in Philadelphia, Charger became host of a weekly entertainment show on cable TV and author of a music column that was picked up by three Philadelphia-area newspapers. It wasn’t long before Charger landed his first major DJ gig on Philly’s legendary WIBG, aka Wibbage. From there he was picked up by the city’s top-rated music station at the time, 610 WIP. Eventually, Charger became a “Boss Jock” on Famous 56 WFIL.
Charger’s career in entertainment included stints as a TV weatherman, game show host, TV magazine co-host, and the voice of numerous nationally run television commercials. As a member of the Screen Actors Guild, Charger’s film credits include “Rocky III,” “Rocky V,” “Mannequin,” “Mannequin on the Move,” and “Philadelphia.”For nearly two decades,
Charger has been a major part of the talent lineup on Philadelphia’s top-rated WOGL, 98.1 FM, holding down the evening slot. He also hosts and produces “Brunch with The Beatles.” When he’s not sharing his musical prowess with live radio audiences, he consults filmmakers, such as the producers of “Fabulous” and “The Wages of Spin,” a pair of notable documentaries, which aired on National Public Broadcasting Stations.
• Casey “Boy” Foster, Executive Producer, The Preston & Steve Show, 93.3 WMMR, Philadelphia. Casey was born and raised in Delaware County in Rutledge, PA. He attended Our Lady of Perpetual Help Grade School, Cardinal O’Hara High School and Ursinus College. After graduating from Ursinus, he started his internship at Y100 (WPLY) in Media, PA. After a few months of interning for the Promotions, Production and On –Air Departments, Casey was awarded his first on-air shift, SATURDAYS 12AM-5:30AM. In December of 1998, Casey was promoted to Produce the Y100 Morning Show w/ Preston, Marilyn and Steve, where he stayed until the demise of Y100 in 2005. Casey resurfaced with Preston and Steve on WMMR in May of 2005, where is currently employed as the Executive Producer of the Preston and Steve Show on 93.3 WMMR.
• Blaise Howard, General Manager, MORE FM, Philadelphia (formerly B101).
• Tom Kelly, Managing Partner, iRadioPhilly. Tom Kelly is a homegrown Philadelphia Radio professional. Known primarily across the Radio industry for his audience research company, Kelly Music Research, Tom graduated from Villanova University in 1979 and started his career in Radio as a dj and program director at stations in West Virginia then Allentown. In 1985 Kelly returned to Philadelphia as Vice President of radio consulting firm Harris Communications working with dozens of stations across the country including WMMR during their dominant years in Philadelphia. In 1991 Tom launched Kelly Music Research, providing radio stations with valuable listener feedback and helping guide radio programming decisions.
For the last 10 years, Kelly Music Research has conducted market research for Philadelphia’s B-101, now More-FM. Tom Kelly was part of the ownership team that purchased WHAT-AM 1340 in 2007 and created the Martini Lounge Radio format. Tom Kelly is also a Managing Partner at Internet Radio Partners and is developing their new digital media property iRadioPhilly, a sponsor supported group of 21 new streaming radio stations serving Philadelphia. iRadioPhilly formats include Oldies, Classical, Indie, Alternative Jazz, Christian, 80’s and more – “Everything from Bach to Rock.” You can listen FREE on the web at iRadioPhilly.com and on mobile devices with the iRadioPhilly app.
• Ray Koob, Radio Personality, 102.9 WMGK, Philadelphia, Evening Host. Ray Koob is a lifelong broadcaster whose experience includes twelve years at WMMR, Philadelphia as Promotion Director and air personality, seven years as News/Metal editor at music industry trade, Friday Morning Quarterback, and five years as VP Promotion for CMC International & Sanctuary Records, as well as twelve years at WMGK, Philadelphia, where hosts the 7PM-Midnight shift.
• Lorraine Ranalli, Philadelphia Radio Personality, Host of Cucina Chatter Radio (Panel Discussion Moderator). Lorraine Ranalli is a longtime Philadelphia media personality and self-described "cook next door." Over the years, she has managed to blend her passions—broadcasting and cooking—to publish Gravy Wars: South Philly Foods, Feuds & Attytudes, to launch Cucina Chatter, her syndicated radio talk show and blog, to represent Nana’s Original Stromboli on QVC, and to host the cooking show Accademia dei Cento for Cento Fine Foods. Lorraine also consults small businesses and individuals in communication strategies. Visit www.LorraineRanalli.com.
• Marilyn Russell, 95.7 Ben FM morning show host & Woman of the Week host. A Philadelphia native and veteran radio personality, Marilyn brings her listeners what they want... a woman’s perspective! With nearly 20 years broadcast experience; Marilyn has been lucky enough to form incredible relationships with female members of the media, public relations, music industry, the arts as well as professional businesswomen from all walks of life. She is the host of BEN-FM’s “Marilyn In The Morning” radio program that airs 5am-9am each weekday, and Marilyn also hosts the ever-popular “Women Of The Week” public affairs program that profiles and celebrates women throughout the Greater Philadelphia area every Sunday on BEN-FM.
Known and appreciated for the enormous amounts of charity work she does, Marilyn is quick to point out that her favorite is quite literally near and dear to her heart – The American Heart Association – because she has a heart murmur. As she points out, “I also love advocating for women,” she says. “Don’t get me wrong, I love men, but in many ways it’s still a man’s world out there, and I’m still the only girl sitting at the microphone by myself here in Philly each morning. I do a lot of volunteer work for the Women’s Resource Center to help women succeed and I’m very proud of the recent award they gave for championing women’s causes. It is a true honor.
”Marilyn is one of four siblings. She is a mother to one amazing son, Matthew. Her interests include: music, travel, dining out (shares her experience on her food blog), movies, shopping, an occasional glass of fine wine, and her favorite Philly Food is... a nice warm soft pretzel!
• Brian Seltzer, Sports Anchor, Philadelphia 76ers Radio Network & 97.5 The Fanatic.
Current Assignments of Note: Philadelphia 76ers Radio Network: Studio Host (2012-present), 97.5 FM The Fanatic: Sports News Update Anchor (2012-present), University of Pennsylvania Athletics Department: Football and Men's Basketball Radio Play-By-Play Broadcaster (2005-present)
Previous Assignments of Note: 97.5 FM The Fanatic: Philadelphia Eagles Beat Reporter (2006-2009), Reading Phillies Double-A Baseball Club: Radio Play-By-Play Broadcaster (2010-2012)
This is an excellent opportunity for professionals to network and learn how to use traditional and new media to promote their business. In addition to discussing the benefits of radio’s ability to reach local audiences at a personal level, panelists will discuss radio’s ability to adapt to new media formats.
Margera is a reality television personality, best known for her appearances on MTV's Viva La Bam, Jackass, the CKY videos, Minghags: The Movie and Bam's Unholy Union. Referred to as "Ape" by fans of the popular series, April is the mother of Bam and CKY drummer Jess, and is married to Phil Margera.
Jeff Tremaine, producer of Jackass, once referred to her as "everyone's mom,” telling how she cooked dinner for the entire Jackass crew on their first trip to West Chester. Margera published a cookbook called April Cooks: There's An Alligator In My Kitchen, with the title being a reference to the time that Bam put an alligator in her kitchen as part of a skit on “Jackass: The Movie.”
In 2011, Margera opened a store, The Rose Hip Barn, in Thornton that sells refurbished furniture as well as homemade purses and accessories for the home.
Also featured at this month’s Press Club luncheon will be John Roman, veteran crime reporter, award winning journalist and author of the mystery thriller “Ink in His Blood.”
Roman first pounded the city streets for the former Philadelphia Evening Bulletin, then the largest evening daily newspaper in America. He covered many of Philadelphia’s top news events.
After the Bulletin closed, Roman went on to a legendary career with the Delaware County Daily and Sunday Times, covering numerous murders and crimes, including the standoff of eccentric millionaire John DuPont at his sprawling estate after he gunned down an Olympic wrestler. A veteran and highly regarded police reporter, Roman was among the first to focus on the use of DNA forensic evidence in criminal investigations. He covered the brutal rape-murder case in Delaware County in which Nick Yarris wrongfully spent 21 years on death row before being exonerated through DNA testing after he was the first death row inmate in the U.S. to request DNA testing to prove his innocence.
Roman uses his vast crime coverage experience and his extensive knowledge of the Delaware Valley to keep readers on the edge of their seat, continuously wondering what is fact and what is fiction, as they delve into his new novel, “Ink in His Blood,” a fast moving, suspense- packed page turner.
Peter Nero is known for his piano playing, covering a wide range from classical concert repertoire to straight-up jazz, but in the Greater Philadelphia area he will always be known and loved as the founding music director of the world renowned Peter Nero and the Philly Pops.
Nero recorded his first album in 1961 and won a Grammy Award that year for “Best New Artist.” Since then, he has received another Grammy, garnered 10 additional nominations, and released 68 albums. His early association with RCA Records produced 23 albums in eight years. His subsequent move to Columbia Records resulted in a million-selling single and album - The Summer of ’42 - now available on CD. Music lovers of all generation scan now hear him on Rod Stewart’s album As Time Goes By... The Great American Songbook, Volume II.
Michael J. Chitwood
Michael J. Chitwood joined the Upper Darby Police Department as Superintendent of Police in August 2005. Superintendent Chitwood has more than 49 years of law enforcement experience, including 28 years as the Chief of Police in both urban and suburban departments.
Chitwood's career started in 1964 with the Philadelphia Police Department where he served for 19 years in various positions. He then served as Chief of Police of Middletown Township Police Department for 5 years and then 17 years as the Chief of the Portland Police Department in Portland Maine before coming back to the Philadelphia Region where he is currently the Chief of Police for Upper Darby.
In 2013, Chitwood became the subject of the book Tough Cop, by Hal Gullan, which chronicles his extraordinary career in law enforcement and offers his perspective on current issues facing law enforcement agencies.
Two decades ago, one wardrobe stylist had an ambitious dream to see her beloved hometown become the movie metropolis she always knew it could be. Now, over twenty years later and after $4 billion of economic impact to the southeastern Pennsylvania region, Greater Philadelphia Film Office Executive Director Sharon Pinkenson has successfully elevated the GPFO from the little-known permit office it once was to one of the most well-respected film commissions in the industry. In doing so, Sharon has cemented Philadelphia’s reputation as one of the best media production centers in the country. Sharon was instrumental in the passage of the Pennsylvania Film Production Tax Credit program that continues to be one of the best and most sustainable incentive programs in the industry.
Sharon Pinkenson has served as the Executive Director of the Greater Philadelphia Film Office since 1992, during the terms of three mayors and five governors. She is responsible for all aspects of the office, founded in 1985. On July 1, 1992, she successfully spun off the municipal film office as a multi-county driving force for economic development, a non-profit corporation that has generated nearly four billion dollars during her tenure. A lifelong Philadelphian, Pinkenson markets the City and the surrounding region to the film, video, and television industry, and coordinates every aspect of production from cast and crew, support businesses and locations to community relations, and government services and incentives, while enhancing the region’s reputation internationally on both the big and small screen. She also directs local goods and services to productions; publishes the astoundingly popular website www.film.org; and advocates for the growth of Philadelphia’s indigenous film community through the Greater Philadelphia Filmmakers program. She also shepherds an exciting partnership with the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts featuring state of the art screenings at the Perelman Theatre, a first for the Kimmel Center.
Kyle Lowder plays the title role in The Media Theatre's “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” November 20 - January 5. He is known to over 50 million television viewers worldwide with his roles on NBC's “Days of Our Lives” (Brady Black) and CBS' “Bold and the Beautiful” (Rick Forrester).
Lowder now turns his attention to the stage as he just finished a run as Stacee Jaxx in the Las Vegas company of Broadway's smash hit “Rock of Ages” and prepares to highlight his powerful vocals in Andrew Lloyd Webber's classic “Joseph” musical. In The Media Theatre's Mega-Mix version of the show he will be directed by Artistic Director Jesse Cline.
Susan Barnett joined the Philadelphia CBS 3 Eyewitness News team in January, 2006 as a morning news anchor. In April, 2008, she became co-anchor of the evening newscast with Chris May where she remained until leaving the station earlier this year.
Barnett distinguished herself with her outstanding field reporting including her award-winning coverage of the arrest of John Lewis in Miami for the shooting death of Philadelphia Police Officer Chuck Cassidy. Barnett was the only reporter to accompany Lewis on his flight back to Philadelphia, providing Channel 3 with exclusive video of the event. She also reported from Rome this past winter, covering the selection of Pope Francis for CBS 3.
Before coming home to the Philadelphia area, Barnett, a Bucks County native, had co-anchored the weekday morning newscasts in Miami at CBS owned WFOR and its sister station WBFS and co-anchored the morning news at KDKA, the CBS owned station in Pittsburgh. Barnett began her career in television news at WDTV in Bridgeport, West Virginia and WCIA-TV in Champaign, Illinois.
Along the way, Barnett's reporting has earned her numerous awards including a Pennsylvania Associated Press Award for an in-depth series of reports on area nursing homes statewide. She also distinguished herself with her outstanding anchoring during Florida's devastating hurricane seasons. In 2009, she won a local Emmy Award for her anchoring of CBS 3's live coverage of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.
Barnett attended Harry S. Truman High School in Levittown and graduated from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Arts degree in mass communication with a minor in history.
A former Miss Pennsylvania 1996 and Miss Teen Pennsylvania 1990, Susan, now a resident of Delaware County, enjoys exercise, dance, music and spending time with her husband and three children.
Marilou Regan is a rock writer with extensive experience writing about the Rolling Stones as a fan historian/archivist. Her website, book and fanzine are about the fans’ experiences with the band at some of the most important events in the history of rock ‘n roll, including their current 50th Anniversary tour.
Her fan documents will be the ultimate reference material for anthropologists and historians of the future when they research the musical and cultural phenomenon of the Rolling Stones. Mair has rocked out at over 160 Stones concerts around the world since 1972 and joined the band at press conferences, movie premieres, fashion shows, parties and VIP events.
Her eclectic career includes all mediums of communication: print journalism, television, public relations, radio and the internet. She is an award-winning journalist and TV producer. Marilou’s first book on the Stones won three design awards. “Love You Live, Rolling Stones. Fanfare from the Common Fan” has 80 stories from 20 countries from the fans’ point of view.
She was the co-executive producer of KidSports, a half-hour children’s TV show that garnered a Telly and she also has an award from the National Society of Fund Raising Executives in recognition for her outstanding philanthropic support for the disabled and mentally ill.
Marilou has recently published the e-book: Satisfaction: The Greatest Rolling Stones Albums with the UK’s Endeavour Press. She was born and raised in Philadelphia, and then the suburbs, where she now lives.
Her website is Loveyouliverollingstones.com
2012 - 2013
Angelo Lutz said it best when he took the witness stand in his own defense during a racketeering trial back in the summer of 2001. “I’m a cook, not a crook,” he said. While the jury and the judge thought otherwise, Angelo is now back in South Philadelphia embarking on a new career and putting that other business behind him. Someone once said the secret to life is to figure out what it is that you love to do and then find a way to get paid to do it. Angelo Jenaro Lutz loves two things – cooking and talking. Both come naturally.
Veteran Philadelphia journalist George Anastasia has been writing about organized and disorganized crime for thirty-five years, covering casino gambling in Atlantic City, mob hits in Philadelphia, and criminal prosecutions throughout the country.The Philadelphia Inquirer reporter is the author of five books. His work has appeared in national magazines plus several network television news magazine reports about organized crime. Anastasia has also worked as a consultant on projects for ABC, the Discovery Channel, the History Channel and National Geographic. His books include "The Last Gangster," a New York Times bestseller that chronicles the demise of the Philadelphia mob.
Plus, right in time for summer reading at the beach or by the pool, David Belanger, director of the Delaware County Library System, will explain how easily you can download best-selling books and almost 200 popular magazines- all for free- right to your Kindle, Nook, or iPad. Bring your tablet with you because David will actually demonstrate how it's done!
For the "icing on the cake," Viso's Bakery, located in both Aston and Media, will supply a nice assortment of Italian pastries for dessert.
Jim Donovan is a 13-time Emmy award winning consumer reporter for CBS 3 Eyewitness News in Philadelphia. A 25-year broadcasting veteran, he has worked for local and national news organizations in New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio and New York before joining KYW-TV ten years ago to establish the 3-On Your Side consumer unit.
Also, special guest Andrea McArdle will attend to promote her title role in Media Theater’s Mame and perform a song from her new CD, 70’s and Sunny. The Broadway star initially rose to international fame as the youngest performer ever to be nominated for a Tony Award as Best Lead Actress in the musical Annie. McArdle has appeared in dozens of stage productions and television shows and will play the lead in Media Theater’s Mame, set to run April 17- May 19.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to appear on a national television show? Did you ever wonder how people got this opportunity and how the experience actually changed some of their lives?
HGTV's House Hunters
Kristin Weldon Peri
Wheel of Fortune
Who Wants To Be a Millionaire
A panel of eight local residents will talk about their experiences on national TV shows and share the excitement, fun, and inside scoop on some of the behind-the-scene action that goes on that viewers never see. Find out what the shows' hosts were like, what prizes were won, and how a local person can qualify to be on a national television show. Be prepared to ask lots of questions during a special Q&A session!
The panel will include Havertown resident Kenny Hoffpauer was only 16 when he earned his place as a finalist on the 8th season of American Idol; Chadds Ford resident Kirsten Werner of Natural Lands Trust recently appeared on HGTV's House Hunters; Kristin Weldon Peri, owner of Divine Cakes in Glen Mills, was a recent competitor on Food Network's Sweet Genius; Marie Lafferty of Springfield appeared on Family Feud, not once, but twice; Rose Valley native Adam Taxin is a 3-time Jeopardy! champ and a 2-time Wing Bowl contestant; Maria Zuccato of West Chester was featured in Trading Spaces Family; Mona Singh, a contestant on Wheel of Fortune; and Havertown resident Kelley Straub whose appearance on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire just aired only three weeks ago.
Jon Gorchow is the President of Lenfest Broadcasting, a company that includes two broadcast stations (WMCN TV and Bounce TV) in Philadelphia. WMCN features a variety of programming genres, including a combination of original programs featuring well-known Philadelphia personalities including Dawn Stensland Mendte, Dom Giordano, Don Tollefson, Phil Andrews, and Lou Tilley. Bounce TV is a national broadcast network based in Atlanta founded by Ambassador Andrew Young and Martin Luther King III, with programming that targets adult African Americans.
Prior to his role with Lenfest Broadcasting, Gorchow spent 21 years at Comcast, in roles that included managing CN8, the Comcast Network, heading up national Original Programming, and serving as Vice President of Marketing & Sales for Comcast's Cable Division.
With a wealth of experience in television programming and marketing, Gorchow will provide an entertaining account of the broadcasting scene in the Philadelphia market. He hinted that he may even bring along a “surprise guest or two.”
Sam Lit is President/CEO of Hy Lit Radio Technologies Inc., HyLitRadio.com andHyLitRhythm.com. Son of legendary radio DJ Hy Lit, Sam grew up in radio at WIBG AM and FM and WDAS AM and FM. He emerged professionally as the youngest DJ in Philly working at WIFI/92 in the 1907s and programmed many stations, launching WKXW AM/FM Trenton in the early 1980s.
Hy Lit Radio Technologies produces and develops audio/video networks. Sam appears live and broadcasts live throughout the Delaware Valley on HyLitRadio.com. The popular local DJ will thrill attendees with some incredible stories about his and his father's years in "the biz."
In addition, the Delaware County Historical Society and The Press Club will pay tribute to and honor special guest NBC10’s Terry Ruggles who announced he will retire this month after nearly four decades with Channel 10. While reporting for Channel 10, Terry has done it all – news anchor, reporter, even weather man – plus he’s covered the biggest stories including both World Trade Center terrorist attacks, the Olympics and
the death of the Pope. He also visited with our troops to Saudi Arabia.
Additionally, TV Sports anchor Bill Vargus will attend to promote his title role in Media Theater's "Doctor Dolittle," playing until January 27. As a TV sports anchor, "Billy V." won an Emmy award for "Best Sports Anchor" in the Mid-Atlantic region in 2008 and 2009. He has been nominated for Emmy awards nine times!
The guest speakers will be Delaware County District Attorney John J. “Jack” Whelan and U.S. Attorney Zane Memeger who will discuss “The Crimes of 2012: Internet, Identity, and other Modern Day Scams.”
Whelan has served as Delaware County’s D.A. since January 2012. He has practiced law for 25 years and before becoming D.A. he served as Chairman of Delaware County Council. In his current role, he has taken the lead on many public safety initiatives that focus on homeland security through the Anti-Violence Task Force.
Memeger was appointed by President Barack Obama as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in 2012. His three statutory responsibilities are the prosecution of criminal cases brought by the federal government; the prosecution and defense of civil cases in which the United States is a party; and the collection of debts owed the federal government which are administratively uncollectible. Paul Bennett, editor/publisher of the Chester Spirit, will serve as moderator.
Additionally, the Press Club will hold its annual “Salute to Veterans” as we pay tribute to our veteran Press Club members and welcome broadcaster and veteran Joe Pellegrino. The new Delco Veterans Magazine will also be distributed during the luncheon.
The Press Club presents President of The Constitutional Walking Tour and Spirits of '76 Ghost Tour, Jon Bari, as part of a Paranormal Panel at its monthly luncheon on Wednesday, October 17 at The Springhaven Club, located in Wallingford, PA, at noon.
The Spirits of '76 Ghost Tour is a family-friendly tour of more than 20 "scary sites" that includes Philadelphia's haunted facts and folklore. Bari will speak about the legendary ghosts that inhabit well-known sites in Philadelphia.
Cleta Prince, an expert in the field of paranormal and a member of Parastudy, a non-profit that studies paranormal, will also be a panelist, as will Barb Gambrill, a hypnotist whose fun and entertaining show is known for enabling audience members to forget their names, become phenomenal dancers, and more.
Al Meltzer, a local legend who was inducted into the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame last year, will discuss his new book, Big Al: Fifty Years of Adventures in Sports Broadcasting at the monthly luncheon meeting of the Press Club Serving the Philadelphia Suburbs, at noon on Wednesday, September 19th at The Springhaven Club, located at
600 S. Providence Road, Wallingford, PA.
A resident of Marple Newtown, Meltzer was known as the voice of "Big 5 Basketball" and was called "the most recognizable, most popular and best sports anchor ever" by the Philadelphia Daily News. The public is invited to attend. Books will be available at the luncheon for signing.
2011 - 2012
Join us at the Edgmont Country Club as we welcome reality TV alumna, Natalie Stone. Natalie grew up in southeastern Pennsylvania with a desire for show business from a very early age - just ask her little classmates from St. Gabriel’s in Norwood, PA, and they will tell you she has always had a flair for the dramatic! Moving to Medford at 13, Natalie began modeling at various runway shows in the south Jersey area until the responsibilities of raising a family put her dreams on hold. Now that her children are almost grown, her husband Anthony gave her the best gift of all-"give up your (very lucrative) career, and do what makes you happy!"
With a degree from Philadelphia's Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College and a background in the hotel business working as Food and Beverage Manager at The Ritz Carlton, The 5 Diamond Rittenhouse Hotel, and The Warwick, Natalie combined her dreams of a biscotti business and acting in one fell swoop, starting both new ventures simultaneously. Never going anywhere empty-handed, Natalie brought her biscotti to every set, one which was being filmed at a culinary school, where the owner asked Natalie to sell them in her gourmet shop, and Bella's Biscotti was born. Now she's baking biscotti and hasn't stopped acting. She even found her way onto one of her favorite shows, HBO's Boardwalk Empire and has also appeared on Rocco's Dinner Party with famed chef Rocco DiSpirito.
As a result of her appearance on Bravo’s Rocco’s Dinner Party she now has her own cooking/comedy show in development, The Chaotic Cucina with Natalie Mazzu Stone. When we finally get to see The Chaotic Cucina you will see why she was chosen to be a reality TV host. Natalie Stone’s personality is a mixture of Lucille Ball and Fran Dresher all rolled into one.
Each week one of her friends will assist Natalie in theCucina and talk about the things they have done together and plans for the future. As Natalie prepares meals, she is frequently interrupted by phone calls from her husband Anthony Stone, from the kids, friends and family members. In the end, it is a real, entertaining, and informative cooking show with a little bit of comedy and a lot of passion. Each delicious Italian meal ends the show with Natalie’s famous Bella's Biscotti, decadent desserts, and whatever else she can whip up!
The pilot episode resumes filming in May, so let's keep our fingers crossed that a network loves her like we do. Natalie is also currently cast as Lisa, the only female lead in a film that’s currently in production called Borrowed Happiness,which is a Short Film by Chris Raab and Gabe Staino.
Lucy Bennett, Patch Regional Editor, oversees 11 of the 46 Patch websites in the Philadelphia area. Bennett is a Main Line native, having grown up in Paoli and gone through the TredyffrinEasttown School District. Bennett got her journalism degree from Washington and Lee University. She worked as a TV News Producer in Roanoke, Va. and Lancaster, PA, before moving to the online world in 2000 as the Managing Editor for WGAL.com, the website for the NBC affiliate in Lancaster. Bennett moved closer to home and was Managing Editor for NBC 10 Philadelphia’s website, before coming to Patch, where she has been since 2010.
Vince Carey has worked just about every job in the newspaper business from distribution to reporter to page layout and, now, online editor. He has been at the Daily Times since 2000, starting out as a sports layout editor. Vince has been working strictly online for the past four years. While the job is at times boring and exhilarating at the same time, the most fun he has is spurring conversation on Facebook and Twitter.
Raised in Havertown and Media, Courtney Elko has lived her entire life in Delaware County. She's a graduate of Cardinal O'Hara High School and the University of Delaware. Courtney began her professional career in local newspapers in both Salem and Gloucester counties in New Jersey before switching over to the online journalism field. She became a Web editor at NBC10.com in Philadelphia. While there, she created the online version of what was said on the television newscasts and put the news on the TV station's Web site. Prior to Media Patch, Courtney worked for World Now, an online media company, managing Associated Press stories and images for news Web sites across the country. Courtney launched Media Patch in December 2010. She has covered countless stories in last 16 months including a visit from Vice President Joe Biden to Media's Veteran's Day Parade.
Jennifer Kim was raised in Broomall and has lived for the first half of her life in Marple Township, Delaware County. Jennifer is a graduate of Marple Newtown High School and the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Jennifer began her professional career at The Jersey Journal, a daily newspaper for Jersey City, NJ, where she focused on several towns outside of Jersey City and helped produce the weekly papers for Hoboken, NJ, and Secaucus, NJ. She was also involved in posting and blogging the stories on NJ.com as well as various social media outlets. Prior to Marple Newtown Patch, Jennifer worked in the weekly division of The Bergen Record for the Northern Valley Suburbanite and Fort Lee Suburbanite in northern NJ. Jennifer is a NJPA (New Jersey Press Association) award winner for breaking news and arts & entertainment (continued) features. Jennifer launched Marple Newtown Patch in November 2010. From local government issues to school news and community events, Jennifer has covered a number of hot-button topics in the Marple Newtown area.
Anne Neborak is an award winning photographer and writer at Delco News Network. She writes a blog called Styling in Delco and updates the DCNN website and social media sites almost daily with current news, photos and more. Anne’s photos have been exhibited at Tyme Gallery in Havertown, and she has published a book called A Tree Grows in Lansdowne.
Charlie Gracie is an American rock and roll pioneer and singer who has headlined some of the biggest venues of these times, including Alan Freed's rock and roll shows at the Brooklyn Paramount, The Ed Sullivan Show, American Bandstand, and the 500 Club in Atlantic City. He appeared in the 1957 film Jamboree and has toured with Chuck Berry, The Everly Brothers, Bo Diddley, Van Morrison, Eddie Cochran and many others.
Beatle George Harrison referred to Gracie's guitar technique as 'brilliant' in a March 1996 interview with Billboard magazine and Beatle Paul McCartney invited Gracie to the premiere party of his 1999 release which paid tribute to the early pioneers of rock music.
Charlie's star burned even brighter in Great Britain where he became the first solo American artist to bring rock & roll to the English concert stage.
Today, Charlie is still doing what he loves best. His reputation among his peers as a stellar, multi-faceted singer and musician is such that world famous rock stars regularly pay him tribute and volunteer to work with him. Locally, Gracie will be a headliner at this year’s Italian American Heritage Festival June 3 in Rose Tree Park.
The Press Club will host a media panel featuring experts in radio. “The Role of Radio in the Age of New Media” will be held at 12 noon on Wednesday, January 18th at Margaret Kuo’s Restaurant located on Lancaster Avenue in Wayne. Valet parking will be available.
Featured panelists will include:
*Marilyn Russell, 95.7 Ben FM, Philadelphia, morning show host and host of Woman of the Week;
*Jeff Sottolano, Sportsradio 94 WIP Program Director and Director of Online Content at CBS Radio, Philadelphia;
*Paul Perrello, Metro Networks Philadelphia News Director;
*Joe Kraus, Philadelphia Radio Personality and Founder of JAKIB Media Partners;
*Kim Douglas, Philadelphia Radio Personality, Host of Network Philadelphia, WFYL AM;
*Sam Spieser, WWDB AM 860, General Manager;
*Lloyd Roach, Brandywine Radio, Founder;
*Vince Melograna, Director of Sales, Brandywine Radio;
* Lorraine Ranalli, Philadelphia Radio Personality, Host of Cucina Chatter Radio
Ranalli will also serve as the panel discussion emcee. The panel discussion will be an excellent opportunity for professionals to network and learn how to use traditional and new media to promote their business. Guests will be able to ask these radio vets about the role radio and traditional media play in the current business and cultural climate.
Senator Pileggi has represented the Ninth Senatorial District, which includes portions of Chester and Delaware Counties, since 2002.
As Majority Leader, Senator Pileggi (www.senatorpileggi.com) determines legislative priorities, manages the Senate calendar, builds consensus on legislation to be voted, and serves as one of the chief negotiators of the annual state budget. A staunch advocate of improving government accountability, Pileggi led the effort to rewrite the state's 50-year-old Open Records Law, making most government records open to citizens and played a key role in shaping substantial environmental and public health legislation.
An involved community leader, Pileggi continues to serve on a number of local boards and organizations. Prior to his election to the Senate, Senator Pileggi served as Mayor of the City of Chester from 1998 to 2002.
The Press Club Serving The Philadelphia Suburbs will host Chris Blackman, Vice President of News at NBC 10, as the guest speaker at its monthly luncheon.
Special guests will also include Vince and Janet Papale who will speak about their new book, Be Invincible!. In 2006, Vince Papale shot to international stardom as the subject of the Disney hit movie “Invincible,” which told the story of his rise from teacher and bartender to 30 year old Philadelphia Eagles rookie and eventual special teams captain. Now, he and his wife, Janet, a former world class gymnast whose own background uniquely mirrors his, are unveiling the secrets of their success to reaching one’s true potential in their new book.
The Papales will sign copies of their books of which a portion of sales will go to Wounded Warriors.
Sit with editors, publishers, and reporters during lunch and then enjoy a panel presentation of media experts who will be discussing the latest developments in print and on the web. Find out how to get YOUR news into the newspapers’ printed papers and websites and learn the preferred submission requirements from the editors themselves.
The panel includes Andy Hachadorian from Daily Local News, Vince Sullivan from Delaware County News Network, Delaware County Daily Times, Craig Ey with Philadelphia Business Journal, Phil Heron of the Delaware County Daily Times, Paul Kotrotsios from The Hellenic News of America, Main Line Today, Paul Bennett of Chester & Community Spirit, Charlie Maurone of Ridley News, and Lloyd Roach of Brandywine Radio.com
Tim Chambers is an experienced entertainment executive with 20 years in the film, television, and technology industries. His unique ability to combine creativity, execution and business acumen is demonstrated in his long list of accomplishments. Chambers' latest project, The Mighty Macs, is an inspirational feature film based on the true story of women's college basketball's first Cinderella team.
He has served as the Director of the Pennsylvania Film Office for Governor Tom Ridge, he's a former partner in Solaris Entertainment, and former VP of Development for Stuart Benjamin Production. Chambers is the Executive Producer of "Farmers' Almanac TV," which airs in 40 million homes on RFD-TV. He created, produced, and launched the "Real Estate on Demand" Channel for Comcast.
A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics, Chambers is a founder and partner in Quaker Media Group, and the founder and CEO of Tango Traffic.
2010 - 2011
In his more than 26 years of newspaper experience, Stan Wischnowski has filled a wide range of managerial roles. As editor of theInquirer, he now manages a newsroom of 275 staffers and serves as a member of the company's Operating Committee. He recently led an effort to retool the newsroom with state-of-the-art technology as well as an initiative to integrate more fully with philly.com, the news website for Philadelphia Media Network.
He arrived at the Inquirer in 2000 after working at several metropolitan papers in New York and Michigan where he won many prestigious awards. Before becoming the Inquirer's editor in October 2010, he was the deputy managing editor responsible for overseeing the front page, running the afternoon news meeting, managing the newsroom budget and representing management for the Inquirer and Daily News during the most recent Guild contract negotiations.
So many people have a goal to “someday write a book” but not many make that goal a reality. The Press Club is honored to host a panel featuring some of our local authors who have been published or self-published with success.
Mark E. Dixon
The Hidden History of the Main Line
The Hidden History of Delaware County
The Hidden History of Chester County
Art & Marge Miller
Guide to the Homes of Famous Pennsylvanians
Pennsylvania Battlefields and Military Landmarks
Back Again-The Story of the 2009 Phillies
The Philadelphia Phillies – Past and Present
The Fightin’ Phils – Oddities, Insights, and Untold Stories
Delaware County Sports Legends
Phyllis “Pam” Mariani
Dingles' Special Day
. . . and Baby Makes A Family
Back by popular demand, George Anastasia, a veteran reporter for The Philadelphia Inquirer, is the author of five books of nonfiction, including Blood and Honor, which Jimmy Breslin called the "best gangster book ever written." He is the grandson of Sicilian immigrants who settled in South Philadelphia. The journalist has been writing about organized and disorganized crime for thirty-five years, covering casino gambling in Atlantic City, mob hits in Philadelphia and criminal prosecutions throughout the country.
He also has been featured on several network television news magazine reports about organized crime and has worked as a consultant on projects for ABC, the Discovery Channel, the History Channel and National Geographic and is frequently featured on MyFoxPhilly’s MobTalk.
Anastasia has won many awards for investigative journalism and magazine writing, has twice been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and won the coveted Sigma Delta Chi Award for magazine reporting for his coverage of the Thomas Capano-Anne Marie Fahey murder. The show “60 Minutes” called him “One of the most respected crime reporters in the country.”
Everything in the media is changing, from the kind of readers we attract and the way we connect with them to the work style of our new co-workers. Where do we go from here?
Jim Melwert made his return to KYW Newsradio as a reporter in May, 2007. He started out as a desk assistant in the newsroom in 2001, when he graduated from Temple University with a degree in journalism.
After a brief stint with a radio station in Sunbury, PA, in 2003, Jim moved to Harrisburg to become sports director at the Radio Pennsylvania Network. While at Radio Pennsylvania, Jim provided live updates for KYW Newsradio from Penn State football games.
The highlights of his radio career include covering the implosion of Veterans Stadium, the 2006 MLB All-Star Game in Pittsburgh, Smarty Jones’ run at the Triple Crown, and Penn State’s triple-overtime thriller over Florida State in the 2006 Orange Bowl.
A 1993 graduate of Perkiomen Valley High School, Melwert is happiest when he’s in the pool playing water polo or on the ice playing hockey. He also enjoys triathlons and he’s a big fan of the local sports teams. Jim lives in Collegeville, PA, with his wife, Amy, and their two dogs, Rudy and Barry.
Speakers will include Delaware County Daily & Sunday Times reporter Kathleen Carey. In October 2009, Kathleen traveled to Iraq to embed with the 1-150th Assault Helicopter Battalion, covering state Representative Nick Miccarelli, R-162, of Ridley Park, as he served as an Army National Guard helicopter door gunner in Basrah.
Also speaking will be entrepreneur & Chick-fil-A franchise owner Gene Ontjes who has been recently travelling on missions and will have just returned from a trip to Algiers and Jordon.