Thursday, September 20, 2012
KPBS Hall of Fame ceremony takes place during the station's annual gala, KPBS Celebrates Downton Abbey, on May 4, 2013 at the US Grant. The Hall of Fame Inductees have all made important and lasting contributions to KPBS.
KPBS is proud to honor and celebrate:
Audrey Geisel | Visionary
Conrad Prebys & Debbie Turner | Visionaries
Brad Warner | Lifetime Achievement
The KPBS Hall of Fame consists of two designations: Lifetime Achievement and Visionaries. Lifetime Achievement inductees are former staff whose work set new standards and broke new ground for public media. The Visionaries category honors extraordinary individuals and families whose financial contributions enable KPBS to advance our mission and service to the community.
In the Visionary category, KPBS honors Mrs. Audrey Geisel for her more than 20 years of commitment, providing vital funds for KPBS’ community outreach programs to support literacy and education in children. Mrs. Geisel has also demonstrated her support for the station as a Producers Club member, providing a vital and steady source of general support throughout the years.
Also receiving a Visionary Award are Conrad Prebys and Debbie Turner. Last spring, this San Diego developer and philanthropist provided a $500,000 gift to the Masterpiece Trust to strengthen the series’ future on PBS. Half of the gift supports local arts programming on KPBS.
KPBS is proud to distinguish former (and first) TV Program Manager, Brad Warner as the 2012 Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement inductee for his 23 years of service at KPBS.
Brad joined KPBS in 1967 and is considered one of the four “Founding Fathers” of KPBS. As the station’s first TV Program Manager, Brad saw many station firsts including the very first TV broadcast, the first telecast in color, the station’s first TV auction, and the creation of the station’s public affairs department which was headed by Gloria Penner. Brad retired in 1990 and died in 1992. Brad joins other Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Awardees including station founder Ken Jones, John Witherspoon, Paul Steen, Tom McManus, Paul Marshall, and Gloria Penner.
Congratulations to the 2012 KPBS Hall of Fame honorees!
Visit our photo gallery honoring all the Hall of Fame Inductees. Watch the videos honoring previous inductees: