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
Wambach's service to the Commonwealth includes serving on citizen
committees under Governors James Duff, John Fine, William Scranton, and
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
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