Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters was founded in 1966 by announcer Art Gilmore
and a group of 178 original members. Edgar Bergen (Charlie McCarthy) was
the founding Chairman of the Board. Jim Jordan (Fibber McGee) was the
second Chairman followed by Ralph Edwards, the third Chairman. Jeanne
DeVivier Brown is the current Chairman of the Board.
PPB Founding President
Unchanged from its original concept, PPB hosts four celebrity luncheons a year
at AirTel Plaza Hotel, Van Nuys, where men and women with at least 10 years
of professional employment in Radio and Television Broadcasting or allied fields
join together to renew old friendships, meet new members and honor fellow pioneer
broadcasters for their achievements. The person being honored at each luncheon is
presented PPB's coveted Art Gilmore Career Achievement Award, and well-known
entertainment personalities recall some of their most amusing memories of the honoree.
'Shotgun Tom' Kelly
Over the years, PPB has accumulated one of the largest collections of scripts,
quality transcriptions of radio programs and broadcast equipment in existence.
This irreplaceable material is now in the care of California's Thousand Oaks Library
in its future American Radio Archives Building. That ambitious project is seeking
funding for what will be a beautiful new building housing America's most-extensive