Joseph H. Ball, a radio show producer and founder of one of Philadelphia's longest- established full service advertising/promotion firms, has been named a member of Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia.
Ball started a radio and publishing career while a student at Central High School. He was a 16-year-old co-publisher of "Campus Town" magazine, which resulted in his being interviewed on various radio shows such as the 950 Club (WPEN) hosted by Joe Grady and Ed Hurst.
He was also one of the first advertising agency owners to produce local television shows. One was a travel show production on TV-17 that featured Tallmadge Tours, with interview guests reporting on a variety of destinations.
Radio shows he created include, "The Marketing of Business" and "The Business of Sports."
His firm continues to create radio, TV and Internet commercials.
Many members of the organization are considered broadcast legends in Philadelphia.
They include: Bill Campbell, Kal Rudman, Merrill Reese, Harry Kalas, Larry Kane, Jerry Lee, Jim Gardner, and also Walter H. Annenberg.
Ball continues to operate American Advertising Services, the ad agency. He also publishes the regional business newspaper ACT, and produces the annual Philadelphia Advertising & Business trade show.
The firm's web page is www.PhillyBizMedia.com.