Cheltenham High School Hall of Fame

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Lewis  Klein

class of 1945
inducted in 1987

Lewis Klein

Television Pioneer & Educator

As the executive producer of American Bandstand with Dick Clark, Lewis Klein had Philadelphia's teen population on their feet and dancing in the early 1950's. He has since risen to become president of Gateway Communications Inc., a broadcast group which owns and operates stations such as WBNG-TV (Binghamton, New York), WTAJ-TV (Altoona, Pennsylvania), WLYH-TV (Lancaster, Pennsylvania), and WOWK-TV (Huntington, West Virginia).

Klein, a 1945 graduate of
Cheltenham High School, attended the University of Pennsylvania where he majored in English. After completing college, Klein joined WFIL-TV (Channel Six), directing and producing a number of programs for the station until 1972. He was executive producer of American Bandstand and the award-winning Frontiers of Knowledge. Recognized as a television programmer whose experience spans the breadth and history of commercial television, Klein has served as president of The Television and Radio Advertising Club of Philadelphia (TRAC), the National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE), and the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Broadcast Pioneers. Klein was also a faculty member of the University of Pennsylvania's English Department, and also taught at Temple University's School of Communication and Theater.

Klein has gained wide recognition is his field. In 1980, he received NATPE's "President's Award", and in 1983 the Broadcast Pioneers Chapter honored him as the "Broadcaster of the Year". In 1990 Klein received the same award from the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters.

Active in community as well, Klein served three years as chairman of the board of the Police Athletic League (PAL). In 1975, he received PAL's Community Service Award. He is currently on the board of trustees of the
Einstein Medical Center, the Philadelphia Psychiatric Center, Moss Rehabilitation, and Rodeph Shalom and serves as President of the Corporate Alliance for Drug Education.

Klein lives with his wife in
Rydal, PA. His children are graduates of CHS as are his mother, sister and brother.