Lew Klein began teaching TV courses at Temple University in 1952, while he also worked as an executive at WFIL-TV (now WPVI) in Philadelphia. In the ensuing 65 years, he helped launch the careers of hundreds of professionals, including NBC Today co-anchor Matt Lauer; CBS Evening News Executive Producer Steve Capus, SMC ’86; comedian Bob Saget, SMC ’78; and the late host and producer Dick Clark.
In addition to serving as executive producer of American Bandstand and producing legendary Philadelphia-area programs including Captain Noah and His Magical Ark, Klein played an instrumental role in launching Channel 6’s Action News format as program director of the station in 1970. He spent 15 years producing Philadelphia Phillies telecasts and lured former players Richie Ashburn, Bill White and Tim McCarver into sportscasting careers. At one point, Klein was also president of Gateway Communications, which owned four CBS TV stations in the East.
Lew is in the PAB Hall of Fame, recipient of the PAB Broadcaster of the Year Award and the PAB Gold Medal Award.