Camden County-bred Kelly Ripa started her TV career on the old Dancin' on Air series on Channel 17.
And now the daytime talker/pitchwoman will get a blast from the past on Nov. 19 when the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia honors her as its Person of the Year with a banquet at Bala Golf Club, a few minutes from the Channel 17 studios. Tickets will go on sale in September.
Dancin' on Air, a teen-dance show, was produced by Broadcast Pioneers members Frank Nise and his son Michael.
The Pioneers will induct the following into the hall of fame:
Carol Erickson, meteorologist and news reporter for CBS 3
Peggy King, former "girl singer" on The George Gobel Show
Linda Munich, vp of public affairs for 6ABC
Dave Neal (Dave Gomberg), news producer at Channels 3, 6, and 10
Joe Pellegrino, sports guy at Channels 6 and 10
Glenn Schwartz, chief meteorologist at NBC10
Dick Sheeran, former reporter/anchor for CBS 3
Rick Williams, anchor at 6ABC
John Zacherle, the "cool ghoul," host of WCAU's Shock Theater
The following will be honored posthumously:
Al Alberts, of the Al Alberts Showcase on 6ABC
Herb Denenberg, consumer reporter for NBC10
Jack Downey, former VP/GM for WCAU radio
Joe Earley, "Mr. Rivets" on Channel 3 and the postman on "Gene London"
Ed Elias, former engineering supervisor for WPVI-TV for a half-century
Steve "Mr. Movie" Friedman, movie expert
Paul Harron Jr., head of Harron Communications
Paul Harron Sr., pioneer radio and TV owner including WIBG and Channel 12
Irv Homer, talk-show host
Sarajane "Cissie' Hurst, TV producer at Channels 3, 6, 10; WPEN PR director
Bob Klein, innovator of Urban Contemporary Radio; GM at WDAS AM & FM
Ed McMahon, sidekick to Johnny Carson, host of several local 50s TV shows
Bob Menefee, former longtime Philadelphia radio host and air personality
Jim Nettleton, one of the original Philadelphia WFIL, Famous 56 "Boss Jocks"
Frank Nise, innovator of modern-day broadcasting lines and TV producer
Nat Wright, the "All-Night Rat," host of the Dawn Patrol/WIP Radio for 20 years