Winner Archive

Gold Medal

Jerry Lee

The Gold Medal is the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters highest award of distinction. The Gold Medal is awarded annually and presented at the Gold Medal Dinner. The recipient shall be a native born in Pennsylvania, been raised in Pennsylvania or be significantly recognized as a Pennsylvania through accomplishments in the arts, communication, education, entertainment, business, public service, science, sports or philanthropy.

2017 Award Recipient: Jerry Lee

Jerry Lee joined WBEB-FM at its inception in 1963. After a few years, he became partners with Founder, David Kurtz. Within 4 1/2 months, it was the #1 FM in Philadelphia.

At a time when no one believed in FM radio, Jerry lead the charge with one innovation after another, to literally, put FM on the map. He received the NAB National Radio Award, the Giants in Broadcasting award, the PAB Gold Medal. He was elected to the PAB Hall of Fame, the Broadcast Pioneers Hall of Fame and Broadcasting & Cable’s Hall of Fame.

In 2000, he founded the Jerry Lee Center of Criminology at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2007, he founded the Jerry Lee Centre of Experimental Criminology at the University of Cambridge. He also created the Stockholm Prize in Criminology. Jerry was knighted by the King of Sweden for his work in establishing the Stockholm Prize.

Past Winners


Joe Hardy


Albert Boscov


Daniel Rooney


Mike Ditka


Charles Grodin


Dave Roberts & David Boreanaz


Carmen Finestra


Joanne Harmelin


Bill Giles


Dick Vermeil

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