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Hall of Fame Inductees

The KPBS Hall of Fame honors individuals and families whose contributions have made the organization a public media leader in the region and throughout the country. The inductees serve as an inspiration to all.

Conrad Prebys and Debbie Turner were honored as Visionaries in the KPBS Hall of Fame for the support of MASTERPIECE.  
Mrs. Audrey S. Geisel was also honored as a Visionary for her longtime support of KPBS' outreach and literacy programs.  The late Brad Warner, former program manager, was posthumously inducted with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Conrad Prebys and Debbie Turner were honored as Visionaries in the KPBS Hall of Fame for the support of MASTERPIECE. Mrs. Audrey S. Geisel was also honored as a Visionary for her longtime support of KPBS' outreach and literacy programs. The late Brad Warner, former program manager, was posthumously inducted with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Photo by Spark Photography

KPBS Hall of Fame - Visionaries Dr. Stephen Weber, SDSU President Emeritus and Mrs. Susan Weber.

KPBS Hall of Fame - Visionaries Dr. Stephen Weber, SDSU President Emeritus and Mrs. Susan Weber.

Photo by David Friend

Credit: Provided by SDSU

Stephanie Bergsma, former KPBS Associate General Manager and accomplished fundraiser, at the KPBS Celebrates the Sixties gala in 2010.

Stephanie Bergsma, former KPBS Associate General Manager and accomplished fundraiser, at the KPBS Celebrates the Sixties gala in 2010.

Photo by Spark Photography

Left to right:  Hall of Fame Inductees John Witherspoon, Paul Marshall, and Paul Steen with KPBS General Manager, Tom Karlo at the 2010 Hall of Fame ceremony, September 2010.

Left to right: Hall of Fame Inductees John Witherspoon, Paul Marshall, and Paul Steen with KPBS General Manager, Tom Karlo at the 2010 Hall of Fame ceremony, September 2010.

Photo by Lori Lum / Spark Photography

San Diego State professor Ken Jones founded KEBS September 12, 1960.  Jones is among the charter members of KPBS' Hall of Fame as a Lifetime Achievement Inductee.

San Diego State professor Ken Jones founded KEBS September 12, 1960. Jones is among the charter members of KPBS' Hall of Fame as a Lifetime Achievement Inductee.

Credit: KPBS file photo

Colin Jones (left) accepts the Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award on behalf of his father and KPBS founder, Ken Jones.

Colin Jones (left) accepts the Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award on behalf of his father and KPBS founder, Ken Jones.

Photo by Lori Lum / Spark Photography

Ken Jones, 2010 KPBS Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Inductee.  Jones was a speech communications professor at San Diego State College (now SDSU) and spent years pushing for an educational radio station on campus. His vision was realized on September 12, 1960 when KEBS went on the air.  Affectionately called the "founding father" of KPBS, Jones died in the fall of 2009 at the age of 90.

Ken Jones, 2010 KPBS Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Inductee. Jones was a speech communications professor at San Diego State College (now SDSU) and spent years pushing for an educational radio station on campus. His vision was realized on September 12, 1960 when KEBS went on the air. Affectionately called the "founding father" of KPBS, Jones died in the fall of 2009 at the age of 90.

Credit: KPBS file photo

Joan Kroc, 2010 KPBS Hall of Fame Visionaries Inductee.  Kroc’s relationship with KPBS and public radio began in the 1980s. She generously funded the equipment for the KPBS production center, for which she is prominently recognized inside KPBS.   Among the many gifts she bestowed upon her death in 2003, one of the largest was granted to NPR in excess of $200 million.  She also bequeathed $5 million to KPBS.

Joan Kroc, 2010 KPBS Hall of Fame Visionaries Inductee. Kroc’s relationship with KPBS and public radio began in the 1980s. She generously funded the equipment for the KPBS production center, for which she is prominently recognized inside KPBS. Among the many gifts she bestowed upon her death in 2003, one of the largest was granted to NPR in excess of $200 million. She also bequeathed $5 million to KPBS.

Credit: KPBS file photo

KEBS general manager John Witherspoon witnesses President Johnson signing of the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967.  Witherspoon joins the board of directors for National Public Radio in 1969.  
Witherspoon is a 2010 KPBS Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Inductee.

KEBS general manager John Witherspoon witnesses President Johnson signing of the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967. Witherspoon joins the board of directors for National Public Radio in 1969. Witherspoon is a 2010 KPBS Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Inductee.

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Hall of Fame-Lifetime Achievement Awardee John Witherspoon

Hall of Fame-Lifetime Achievement Awardee John Witherspoon

Photo by Lori Lum / Spark Photography

Donald and Darlene Shiley (left) with David Copley and Judith Harris.  Donald and Darlene Shiley and the Copley Family are charter members of the KPBS Hall of Fame.  Both families were honored with a Visionary Award.

Donald and Darlene Shiley (left) with David Copley and Judith Harris. Donald and Darlene Shiley and the Copley Family are charter members of the KPBS Hall of Fame. Both families were honored with a Visionary Award.

Credit: KPBS file photo

Jeannie Rivkin, 2010 KPBS Hall of Fame Visionaries Inductees.  Arthur and Jeannie Rivkin gave their first contribution to KPBS in 1971.  They were major contributors to KPBS Campaign to Make a Difference and the campaign for the KPBS Digital Future.  Their family have also been generously supporting children’s programming for more than 10 years.

Jeannie Rivkin, 2010 KPBS Hall of Fame Visionaries Inductees. Arthur and Jeannie Rivkin gave their first contribution to KPBS in 1971. They were major contributors to KPBS Campaign to Make a Difference and the campaign for the KPBS Digital Future. Their family have also been generously supporting children’s programming for more than 10 years.

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Hall of Fame Inductees and Honorary Committee members, Arthur and Jeannie Rivkin with guests Mr. and Mrs. Leon Parma at the KPBS Celebrates the Sixties gala.

Hall of Fame Inductees and Honorary Committee members, Arthur and Jeannie Rivkin with guests Mr. and Mrs. Leon Parma at the KPBS Celebrates the Sixties gala.

Photo by Lori Lum / Spark Photography

Dr. Andrew and Erna Viterbi, 2010 KPBS Hall of Fame Visionaries Inductees.  The Viterbi Family has supported KPBS since 1988.  A very generous gift from the family enabled KPBS to become the first PBS station to convert to High Definition broadcasting and made it possible for KPBS to construct and equip the most up to date digital production studios.

Dr. Andrew and Erna Viterbi, 2010 KPBS Hall of Fame Visionaries Inductees. The Viterbi Family has supported KPBS since 1988. A very generous gift from the family enabled KPBS to become the first PBS station to convert to High Definition broadcasting and made it possible for KPBS to construct and equip the most up to date digital production studios.

Credit: KPBS file photo

Paul Marshall, 2010 KPBS Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Inductee.   Marshall created and served as Executive Producer for the Emmy Award winning series, Club Date, which KPBS produced and distributed during the 1980s and 90s.  The series was accepted as a complete collection now residing in the Library of Congress’ Jazz Music section.

Paul Marshall, 2010 KPBS Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Inductee. Marshall created and served as Executive Producer for the Emmy Award winning series, Club Date, which KPBS produced and distributed during the 1980s and 90s. The series was accepted as a complete collection now residing in the Library of Congress’ Jazz Music section.

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Tom McManus, 2010 KPBS Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Inductee.  Tom was the first full time employee of KPBS, serving as the radio station’s Program Director and later Station Manager from 1968-1988.

Tom McManus, 2010 KPBS Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Inductee. Tom was the first full time employee of KPBS, serving as the radio station’s Program Director and later Station Manager from 1968-1988.

Credit: KPBS file photo

Gala Guests and Hall of Fame Inductees:  Debbie Turner and Conrad Prebys.  The KPBS Celebrates Gala also honors recent KPBS Hall of Fame Inductees.

Gala Guests and Hall of Fame Inductees: Debbie Turner and Conrad Prebys. The KPBS Celebrates Gala also honors recent KPBS Hall of Fame Inductees.

Photo by Spark Photography

Hall of Fame-Lifetime Achievement Awardees Paul Marshall, Betty McManus (on behalf of Tom McManus) and Paul Steen at Hall of Fame ceremony, September 2010.

Hall of Fame-Lifetime Achievement Awardees Paul Marshall, Betty McManus (on behalf of Tom McManus) and Paul Steen at Hall of Fame ceremony, September 2010.

Photo by Lori Lum / Spark Photography

Paul Steen, 2010 KPBS Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Inductee.  As former General Manager of KPBS, Steen oversaw both the radio and television stations from 1974-1992.  During Steen’s term, KPBS accomplished broadcast history by transmitting the first ever over-the-air digital HDTV signal. Steen retired from KPBS in 1992.

Paul Steen, 2010 KPBS Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Inductee. As former General Manager of KPBS, Steen oversaw both the radio and television stations from 1974-1992. During Steen’s term, KPBS accomplished broadcast history by transmitting the first ever over-the-air digital HDTV signal. Steen retired from KPBS in 1992.

Credit: KPBS file photo

Paul Marshall, 2010 KPBS Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Inductee.  Marshall created and served as Executive Producer for the Emmy Award winning series, Club Date, which KPBS produced and distributed during the 1980s and 90s.  The series was accepted as a complete collection now residing in the Library of Congress’ Jazz Music section.

Paul Marshall, 2010 KPBS Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Inductee. Marshall created and served as Executive Producer for the Emmy Award winning series, Club Date, which KPBS produced and distributed during the 1980s and 90s. The series was accepted as a complete collection now residing in the Library of Congress’ Jazz Music section.

Credit: KPBS file photo

Hall of Fame Visionary Awardees Larry and Gigie Price

Hall of Fame Visionary Awardees Larry and Gigie Price

Photo by Lori Lum / Spark Photography

Top row:  Honorary Committee member, Audrey Geisel, KPBS' Stephanie Bergsma, Dwight Hare
Bottom row:  Hall of Fame honorees, Darlene Shiley and Larry Price

Top row: Honorary Committee member, Audrey Geisel, KPBS' Stephanie Bergsma, Dwight Hare Bottom row: Hall of Fame honorees, Darlene Shiley and Larry Price

Photo by Lori Lum / Spark Photography

KPBS Hall of Fame Honorees, Irwin and Joan Jacobs

KPBS Hall of Fame Honorees, Irwin and Joan Jacobs

Photo by Lori Lum / Spark Photography

Darlene Shiley, Hall of Fame Inductee (2010) and Honorary Chair at "KPBS Celebrates the Sixties" Gala

Darlene Shiley, Hall of Fame Inductee (2010) and Honorary Chair at "KPBS Celebrates the Sixties" Gala

Photo by Lori Lum / Spark Photography

Gloria Penner began working at KPBS as a journalist in 1969.

Gloria Penner began working at KPBS as a journalist in 1969.

Credit: KPBS file photo

The evening included a touching tribute to KPBS' Gloria Penner.  Gloria's family and friends attended the event.  Top row, left to right:  Jenn & Steve Penner, Linda & Ed Janon, Brad Penner.  Bottom row, left to right:  Alex, Dyana and Elijah Penner.

The evening included a touching tribute to KPBS' Gloria Penner. Gloria's family and friends attended the event. Top row, left to right: Jenn & Steve Penner, Linda & Ed Janon, Brad Penner. Bottom row, left to right: Alex, Dyana and Elijah Penner.

Photo by Lori Lum / Spark Photography

KPBS Supporter and Hall of Fame Inductee Audrey Geisel at the KPBS Celebrates Gala in 2010.

KPBS Supporter and Hall of Fame Inductee Audrey Geisel at the KPBS Celebrates Gala in 2010.

Photo by Spark Photography

Credit: KPBS File Photo

2011 KPBS Hall of Fame -Visionary Inductees Dick and Carol Hertzberg

2011 KPBS Hall of Fame -Visionary Inductees Dick and Carol Hertzberg

Photo by Lori Lum / Spark Photography

2011 KPBS Hall of Fame - Visionary Inductee, Danah Fayman

2011 KPBS Hall of Fame - Visionary Inductee, Danah Fayman

Photo by Lori Lum / Spark Photography

Gloria Penner, KPBS Senior Political Correspondent and host of Editors' Roundtable, was inducted in 2011 into the KPBS Hall of Fame with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Gloria Penner, KPBS Senior Political Correspondent and host of Editors' Roundtable, was inducted in 2011 into the KPBS Hall of Fame with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Photo by Spark Photography/Lori Lum

The gala included a special tribute to KPBS supporter Danah Fayman.  Members of Ms. Fayman's family attended the event. Bottom left to right: Bruce Fayman, Katey Alexander and Danah Fayman.  Top left to right: Kate Colby, Maria Carerra, and Corey Fayman.

The gala included a special tribute to KPBS supporter Danah Fayman. Members of Ms. Fayman's family attended the event. Bottom left to right: Bruce Fayman, Katey Alexander and Danah Fayman. Top left to right: Kate Colby, Maria Carerra, and Corey Fayman.

Photo by Lori Lum / Spark Photography

Audrey S. Geisel, KPBS Hall of Fame Visionary Inductee
Photo taken at the 2011 Old Globe Gala

Audrey S. Geisel, KPBS Hall of Fame Visionary Inductee Photo taken at the 2011 Old Globe Gala

Photo by Doug Gates

Conrad Prebys and Debbie Turner, Masterpiece Trust supporters and KPBS Hall of Fame Inductees for 2012.

Conrad Prebys and Debbie Turner, Masterpiece Trust supporters and KPBS Hall of Fame Inductees for 2012.

Credit: Provided by Progress Management

Brad Warner, KPBS TV's first Program Manager and 2012 KPBS Hall of Fame Inductee

Brad Warner, KPBS TV's first Program Manager and 2012 KPBS Hall of Fame Inductee

Credit: KPBS Archives

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