NEXT LUNCHEON: SEPTEMBER 20, 2019

Honoring A Pioneer Broadcaster

We honor a Broadcasting Pioneer at every luncheon, held at the AirTel Plaza Hotel, Van Nuys.

Anyone with the Broadcast experience necessary to qualify for membership in PPB is invited to attend ... see "An Invitation" below.




LAST LUNCHEON JUN. 14, 2019
Fritz Coleman Honoree:
Fritz Coleman



Fritz Coleman received PPB's Art Gilmore Career Achievement Award from President "Shotgun Tom" Kelly at the Airtel Plaza Hotel in Van Nuys on June 14th.

Fritz is NBC4's beloved weathercaster for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. He joined NBC4 in 1982 as the weekend weathercaster and two years later moved to weekdays, where he has been part of the longest-running evening news team with legendary journalists Chuck Henry, Colleen Williams and Fred Roggin. A Southern California broadcasting icon, he is renowned in the region for his extensive knowledge of weather, his sense of humor and affable personality. Follow him on Facebook here.

Fritz is the cornerstone of the NBC4 Weather Team that won two Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards for the station's specials, El Nino: Currents of Change and Running Dry: California's Historic Drought. He was honored by the Associated Press Television and Radio Association with the Stan Chambers Award for Extraordinary Achievement. Fritz has received countless accolades over the last three decades, including "Best Weathercaster" by nearly every major newspaper in Southern California, including the Orange County Register and four times in the Los Angeles Daily News.

In addition to his celebrated broadcast career, Fritz is well-known for giving his time to numerous charitable activities, and hosts hundreds of local events to raise awareness for services that benefit underserved communities. His involvement in NBC4's goodwill initiatives has been the foundation to the success of the station's community outreach, including Fritz's Holiday Lights which spotlighted festive neighborhoods lit up for the holiday season. His role in NBC4's Help 4 the Hungry helps raise awareness about families in need during the holidays. Fritz is also featured as a proud example of the rewards of giving time with NBC4's signature community program, I Am A Volunteer.

His community work has been recognized by hundreds of prominent organizations, including a Humanitarian Award from the United States House of Representatives for his work with the American Red Cross, as well as honors from the Salvation Army, Shelter Partnership and others.

A long-time stand-up comic who regards Bob Hope and Johnny Carson as heroes, Fritz has done stand-up for decades at local comedy clubs. Fritz has appeared several times on the "The Tonight Show" with Johnny Carson and Jimmy Fallon. He had a number of series and specials that aired on NBC4 including "What a Week," "It's Fritz," "Fritz and Friends" and "The Perils of Parenting." He earned four Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards for his work.

Born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, Fritz attended Salem College in West Virginia and Temple University in Philadelphia where he studied radio, television and film. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy. Fritz lives in the San Fernando Valley and has three children and two grandchildren.




FRITZ COLEMAN LUNCHEON

Pictured below are members of the luncheon dais. Front Row, L-R: Tim Conway, Jr.; PPB President "Shotgun Tom" Kelly; Honoree Fritz Coleman and David Sheehan. Back Row, L-R: Chuck Henry, Kelly Lange, Colleen Williams and Steve Carlston. (Roxanne Schorbach photo)
An InvitationAN INVITATION

Would you like to join the PPB and attend the next Celebrity Luncheon on September 20, 2019? If you have worked in Broadcasting or in any related field for 10 years or more, please e-mail our Membership Committee with your request to join us to honor a Broadcast Pioneer. Please include your name and daytime telephone numbers.

PPB Members receive their Luncheon Notice and Reservation Form by mail before the date of each luncheon, and send in their request for table seating along with their check.

Past Honorees


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