(Left to right) Lou Costello, Joe Pellegrino, Diego Castellanos Patti Lattanzi, Ukee Washington and Johnny Lerro Wednesday, December 17, 2003 at the Bala Golf Club
On Wednesday, December 17, 2003, three air personalities from Cruisin' 92.1, WVLT attended the Christmas event Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia. It was an all Christmas program featuring CBS 3's Ukee Washington singing Christmas songs. Former Channel 6 and Channel 10 Sports Director Joe Pellegrino (a member of the Broadcast Pioneers) was in the audience and joined Ukee for a totally ad lib duet of Silent Night. Then Diego Castellanos, host of Puerto Rican Panorama on Channel 6 (the longest running Hispanic program in the United States) led everyone in a couple choruses of "Feliz Navidad." Watch video of the event at the Broadcast Pioneers website.
The idea for the event was that of Broadcast Pioneers' Vice-President Gerry Wilkinson, a consultant for Cruisin' 92.1, WVLT. Wilkinson was Operations Manager for WDAS AM & FM (for 10 years), Co-creator of the current Urban Contemporary format and a TV Producer for WHYY-TV, Channel 12 including the live local Jerry Blavat doo-wop events.
In attendance from WVLT were Lou Costello (Wednesdays from 7 to 9 pm & Daily from 10 am to 1 pm), Patti Lattanzi (Thursdays from 7 to 8 pm) and Johnny Lerro (Saturdays from 6 to 8 pm).
The Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia is an organization made up of over 300 Delaware Valley broadcasters including a dozen from Cruisin' 92.1, WVLT!