2002 Excellence Honoree

The Lew Klein Excellence in the Media Award is presented each year to an individual for outstanding achievements in the media and a strong commitment to service. Roy fulfills this description not only as spokesperson for the importance of community involvement within the media. Roy’s name has become synonymous with reliable reporting and with Philadelphia.


Shapiro, a 40-year veteran of CBS/Infinity Broadcasting, is recognized as a leader in the development of the all-news radio format. Roy began his career in Philadelphia with KYW Newsradio 1060 as vice president and general manager in 1984. Under his leadership, they have continued to set sales and ratings records.


Prior to joining KYW Newsradio, Shapiro held a variety of management positions with Group W Radio including vice president and general manager for the Company’s national sales firm and vice president for strategic planning, marketing, and research.


For Shapiro, it has been “all news, all the time” except when he is volunteering within the community. Roy has long supported the Police Athletic League, the Center for Literacy, American Women in Radio and Television, the Broadcast Pioneers, the American Red Cross, the Hero Scholarship Fund, and many other organizations. Roy has also been a part of the Temple community as a teacher and as a member of the School of Business and Management Executive Advisory Council. Roy is also the vice president of the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters.


Shapiro has been honored with the Broadcast Pioneers’ and the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters’ Person of the Year awards, the Boy Scouts of America Good Scout Award, and the Philadelphia Advertising Club’s “All-Star Award” for radio.


Temple University is proud to honor such a talented and committed professional as Roy Shapiro with the Lew Klein Excellence in the Media Award and to induct him into the School of Communications and Theater Hall of Fame.