Fritz Coleman HONORING FRITZ COLEMAN
At Our Next Luncheon: JUNE 14, 2019
Location: AirTel Plaza Hotel, Van Nuys

Fritz Coleman will receive 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.


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Mike Love Honoree:
Mike Love

Lead singer of the Beach Boys, Mike Love, received PPB's Art Gilmore Career Achievement Award from President "Shotgun Tom" Kelly at the Airtel Plaza Hotel in Van Nuys on May 17th.

Grammy® Winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Member, Michael Edward Love, grew up under the Southern California sun where he soaked up a life of music, surf, sand and sport. Beginning his singing career as a young boy, Mike along with his cousin, Brian Wilson, frequently sang at family get-togethers and holiday gatherings. These early influences served as the inspiration to form the legendary group, The Beach Boys, which originally consisted of Mike and his cousins, Brian, Dennis, and Carl Wilson along with neighbor David Marks and High School friend Alan Jardine.

For more than fifty years, Mike Love has been the lead singer and front man of The Beach Boys, taking the sounds of America’s band to every corner of the globe. His distinctive and iconic vocal range is synonymous with fast-paced rock ‘n’ roll tracks, as well as many of the band’s softer ballads. Mike’s vocal versatility is central to many of the bands signature hits including: “Surfin’ U.S.A.,” “I Get Around,” “California Girls,” “Little Deuce Coupe,” “Be True to Your School,” “Little Saint Nick,” “When I Grow Up (To Be a Man),” “Fun, Fun, Fun,” “That’s Not Me,” the bridge on “Sloop John B” and “Wouldn’t It Be Nice”

In 1990, Mike was the first artist to respond to President George H. W. Bush’s call for service as part of the Thousand Points of Light Initiative. Mike began StarServe, “Students Taking Action and Responsibility to Serve,” enlisting high profile celebrities to inspire young people to serve their communities. More than twenty years later, Mike continues his commitment to young people. Mike is also a longtime supporter of environmental causes. In 1992, Mike was a speaker at the Earth Summit in Rio De Janeiro, and again on Earth Day 2000 on the Mall in Washington, D.C. In 2002, Love proudly carried the Olympic torch for the Salt Lake City, UT Olympic Games.

Throughout his career, Mike has co-authored more than a dozen Top 10 Singles, cementing The Beach Boys legacy, alongside The Beatles and Michael Jackson, as the only artists to have produced twelve Top 10 Singles within five years.

Today, Mike is happily married to Jacquelyne Love, and is the proud father of eight children. Mike primarily resides on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe. He continues to enjoy life on the road, performing over 150 sold-out shows a year all over the world.




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Pictured Below (Front Row) Sam Hollander, PPB President "Shotgun Tom" Kelly, Honoree Mike Love, John Stamos, (Back Row) Jeff Franklin, Michael Lloyd. (not pictured, Mark McGrath)
An InvitationAN INVITATION

Would you like to join the PPB and attend the Fritz Coleman Luncheon on June 14, 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 Fritz Coleman. 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.

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