Temple University renames Media School in honor of Lewis Klein


NORTH PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) – It was a big day at Temple University.

Temple’s Media and Communications School officially changed its name to Lewis Klein College of Media and Communication in honor of Lewis Klein, a broadcasting pioneer with ties to 6abc.

Klein’s magnificent television career includes many titles: producer, executive, even pioneer.

But Lew’s wife Janet says he holds a title above all else.

“Teaching has always been and always will be Lew’s innate skill,” Janet said.

And so, as it is fitting that the school where he started teaching in 1952 now officially bears his name.

Yet over the years, Mr. Klein has done more than teach.

He has produced flagship programs like “American Bandstand” and “Captain Noah”.

He helped launch the careers of television icons like Dick Clark, Sally Starr and comedian and actor Bob Saget, who hosted the event on Wednesday.

He took the time to speak directly to Mr. Klein.

“You are just an exceptional man. You are one of the most caring and generous people. I feel like you are part of my family,” said Saget.

The roster also includes 6abc President and CEO Bernie Prazenica.

“Lewis has taught thousands of students, but he has a way to make everyone feel the center of their attention,” Prazenica said.

In addition to his time, Mr. Klein donated a huge amount of money to his beloved school.

But when the time came to officially receive this incredible honor, Mr. Klein took up much of his time on the podium to talk about his wife.

“Janet, nothing would be nothing without you. You are my life,” Klein said.


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