Philly mourns the loss of broadcast pioneer Lew Klein, 91

The Temple college namesake spent a lifetime making waves in media.

Broadcast giant Lew Klein in 2012

Broadcast giant Lew Klein in 2012

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Philadelphia broadcast legend Lew Klein died on Wednesday at age 91, Temple University has confirmed.

Klein spent a lifetime creating and producing popular TV programming, like Channel 6 Action News, American Bandstand and countless Phillies telecasts.

Klein also worked for roughly six decades as a professor at Temple’s media school. As an educator, he mentored some big names: Bob Saget, Dick Clark and CBS Evening News executive producer Steve Capus were among his protégés.

Annual scholarships funded by Klein and his wife Janet helped Temple students studying media and communication — allowing them to study abroad, conduct independent projects and gain professional experience in the field via internships.

Klein made such an impact that in 2017, the school was named for him.

After Temple announced Klein’s passing on Thursday, students, faculty and alumni who are now working all over the country in media fields shared how he shaped their careers.

Industry pros on the impact Klein made on the field

Temple faculty mourned the loss

Alumni on how he advanced their media careers

And students shared disappointment that they’ll never meet the broadcast giant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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