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Pete Wambach


Inducted 1998

Deceased

Pete Wambach is the Voice of Pennsylvania and Mr. Pennsylvania to millions of radio listeners.  A broadcast/journalist for more than sixty years, Wambach is a Pennsylvania historian, lecturer, narrator, and promoter of Commonwealth activities and history.


For eighteen years between 1960 and 1980, Wambach produced the radio program This Is Pennsylvania for the Pennsylvania Rural Electric Cooperatives.  He wrote and announced the series which received the George Washington Medal of Freedoms Foundation Award as the best radio series produced by a government agency.

 

Wambach's half-century in broadcasting includes four years (1954-1957) as a television host, emcee and producer.  He instituted the first daily television-telephone talk show in the United States in 1954. He hosted WITF's Weekend program for two years.  He served as historian-narrator of Pennsylvania memorabilia for the television program Pennsylvania, broadcast over WPSX.  From 1969-1979, he edited the annual Pennsylvania Yearbook, from which came ten books on Pennsylvania. He has been a print columnist for more than thirty years.


Wambach served the Commonwealth as public relations director of the Department of Justice, writer and aide to Governor George Leader, and assistant press secretary and speechwriter to Governor David Lawrence.  He was public relations director of the Bureau of Travel Development, government liaison to the Bicentennial Commission, and a researcher of chronology for the Pennsylvania Tercentenary.  He conceived the Pennsylvania Publicity Package, an information service for the 1976 Bicentennial Year.


Wambach's service to the Commonwealth includes serving on citizen committees under Governors James Duff, John Fine, William Scranton, and Raymond Shafer,
coordinating the celebration of Pennsylvania Week in the '50s and promoting the 1968 Constitution Convention.  He served on the Harrisburg Mayor's Advisory Committee and also on the Dauphin County Bicentennial Commission.

 

In 1974, the Harrisburg Cosmopolitan Club named him Man of the Year.  He received the Pennsylvania Advertising Federation's Silver Medal in 1975.  He has been cited by the Pennsylvania Senate and the House of Representatives and is the recipient of a Governor's Commendation for Public Service.  He was awarded the Key to the City of Harrisburg in 1990.