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Hall of Fame

Keith Blaisdell, Chief Engineer, abc27-WHTM Television
Chris Shovlin, play-by-play voice, Robert Morris University Colonials Basketball Team

Induction into the Pennsylvania Association of broadcasters Hall of Fame will take place this year at the Excellence in Broadcasting Awards luncheon. There shall be a radio and television inductee each year. Hall of Fame designation is awarded to persons of broadcast station ownership or management commemorating careers of merit and distinction.

2024 Award Recipients: Keith Blaisdell - Television; Chris Shovlin - Radio

About Keith Blaisdell
Keith Blaisdell is the Chief Engineer for abc27-WHTM Television in Harrisburg. He is the recipient of more than 40 awards from the Associated Press, PAB, National Press Photographers Association, National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the Keystone Media Awards.
Blaisdell is an engineering/production leader and was instrumental in the development and implementation of new high definition (HD) technology and live capabilities in PA broadcasting. Recently, Blaisdell developed a new studio and full facility for WHTM and a studio for Pennsylvania religious broadcaster Lighthouse TV. In 2022, Keith led the development of a closed captioning solution that allowed John Fetterman to debate Mehmet Oz statewide for the US Senate in one of the highest rated local TV programs in recent Pennsylvania history.

Prior to his work on the tech side of broadcasting, Blaisdell was a video editor, photojournalist, chief photojournalist, news operations manager, assistant news director and ultimately news director at WHTM TV abc27 Harrisburg. He is a Messiah University graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication.

About Chris Shovlin
Chris Shovlin has served for over 37 seasons as the play-by-play “Voice” of the Robert Morris University Colonials Basketball Team, calling more than 1,100 NCAA Division-I games. Shovlin also hosts RMU’s talk shows on various platforms, including ESPN+. Chris is the only sportscaster to have won three Pittsburgh March of Dimes Achievement In Radio (A.I.R) Awards for Best Sports Play-By-Play in three different sports: football, basketball and soccer.

Shovlin has been a news and sports anchor, show host, and DJ at numerous stations, including: WISH 99.7 FM and 1320 WJAS-AM, WBGN-TV, WBVP-AM, WWKS-FM, WBZY-AM, WKST-AM simulcasts, WMBA-AM, among others. Shoviln also served as the Vice President and General Manager at WBVP-AM and WWKS-FM, while also serving in a variety of on-air roles. He previously served as the TV and radio “voice” of both the Pittsburgh Passion (women’s professional football) and Pittsburgh Riverhounds (professional soccer), as well as filling in on play-by-play for Pitt Panthers Basketball broadcasts. He has broadcast nearly every RMU Football game since that sport’s inception in 1994.

Outside of his duties as the “Voice of the Colonials” at RMU, Shovlin is the Chief Executive Officer of Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center and spokesperson for the Organizing Committee of the Midland Innovation + Technology Charter School. He serves on the Executive Committee of the WPIAL Hall of Fame.

Shovlin holds a Bachelor of Arts in Speech and Drama from Westminster College.

Past Winners


Lynn Deppen, Forever Media, Inc.


Kristin Cantrell, 7 Mountains Media
The Steinman/Krasne family, WGAL-TV


George Beasley
Steve Scully


Brian Lilly
Robert VanDerHeyden


John Conomikes
Dow Carnahan
Jack Benedict
Barbara & Richard Wyckoff


Jeff Winemiller


William Lynett
Art Moore
Ukee Washington
Sally Wiggin


Pat Ciarrocchi
Jim Gardner


Rebeca Campbell
Paul Quinn


Robert Good (TV)
Mike Lange (Radio)

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