Kal & Lucille Rudman Foundation

Kal & Lucille Rudman Foundation

Pioneers of Philadelphia Broadcasting

Bio

Philanthropist Kal Rudman is a music and show business pioneer and legend. As the founder and publisher of the nation's leading radio and music industry publications (headquartered in Cherry Hill, NJ), Rudman has an unparalleled track record for picking hits and forecasting trends. His six industry trades (led by The Friday Morning Quarterback) are invaluable reading for thousands of top music and industry professionals.

Rudman began his music and radio career as a Top 40 radio jock at WCAM in Camden. Initially, he juggled his popular late night show with his day job as a science teacher. Building his success on his passion for rhythm-and-blues, he was soon hired as Billboard magazine's first R&B editor.

A few years later, Rudman left to start his first trade publication. But he's never left the airwaves far behind. He continued to do local radio, as well as nationally-syndicated broadcasts. He partnered with Merv Griffin as a regular co-host on his music specials; became the resident music expert on the Today show; and is frequently recognized on the streets as "Killer Kal" for one of his more unusual gigs - as announcer for the World Wrestling Federation.

But, over the years, his true love is "giving back." Kal and his wife, Lucille, have become noted philanthropists. The Kal and Lucille Rudman Foundation is particularly interested in education and public safety. They have created countless scholarships and awards for students of the arts, supporting police and firefighter training and helping children in need.

Kal Rudman has been widely honored for his work. To name a few: He has been awarded honorary doctorates from Drexel University; the University of the Arts; and Holy Family University. He has been selected to the Philadelphia Broadcast Pioneers Hall of Fame and has been named that group's "Person of the Year"; the Lew Klein Temple University Alumni in the Media Hall of Fame; the Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police Hall of Fame; "Man of the Year" by the Black Music Association; "Community Philanthropist of the Year" by Community College of Philadelphia; as well as receiving a plaque on the Music Legends Walk of Fame in Philadelphia. He also is Jewish Family and Children's Service of Greater Philadelphia's 2012 Person of the Year; and one of only two members of the elite Trustees' Circle of Russell H. Conwell Society of Temple University; awarded the Golden Gavel of Excellence by Community College of Philadelphia. Additionally, he was Forbes Magazine's Person of the Year, Entertainment Industry, and profiled in its 32nd Annual Report on American Industry as the leisure Industry's Man of the Year. For over 20 years, he's been listed in Who's Who in the World and Who's Who in America.

Here are some of Kal's current projects:

Kal built and continues to fund the perennial Emmy-winning TUTV-Temple University Television - more than $2.2 million to date - allowing students to experienced moments forever in their memories, from producing live newscasts, interviewing the crew of the International Space Station, and reporting live from London during the 2012 Summer Olympics. His philanthropy has left an indelible mark throughout Temple, with his support of the Temple Performing Arts Center, the School of Medicine and more.

Kal helps underwrite the Health Tech program at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children. The program takes deserving students from the worst crime neighborhoods in the city and gives them an incredible chance to work with health professionals. Each school year, 30 students get paid to work 16 hours a week at the hospital. Each summer, the number swells to 50. Graduates have gone on to work in cancer research, as respiratory specialists, and as children's vaccination specialist, among many other fields. The high school graduation rate of Health Tech participants is 98 percent. The Philadelphia public school average is 51 percent.

Kal pays for full scholarships for city firefighters to expand their education and horizons with a degree program at Holy Family University. Year after year, dozens of firefighters have gone through the program majoring in fire science and fire safety administration. A significant focus of the course is major incident analysis, which focuses on responses to potential terrorism attacks. The program has been a boon for the individuals as well as the fire department.

Kal's efforts often key on helping police and fire needs. For his work with the Philadelphia police and fire departments, he was named Honorary Philadelphia Fire Commissioner and Honorary Deputy Police Commissioner. He's paid for thousands of smoke and fire detectors to be given free of charge to the city's poorest residents. He's paid for new motorcycles for the police force, as well as for the training of narcotics dogs. He's paid to build a lasting memorial to the firefighter victims of the city biggest conflagration - the Gulf refinery fire.

Kal also sponsors a medical summer camp at Drexel University, where deserving Philadelphia high school students get to work with leading medical professionals as they shape a better future themselves and their families.

Kal and his wife Lucille's generosity and passion for the entertainment industry led to their support of the Kal and Lucille Rudman Institute for Entertainment Industry Studies at Drexel University. Their goal is to create an invaluable resource for Drexel's students who aspire to careers in today's diverse entertainment industry, and to create an academic center that studies, focuses and shapes the issues and trends of America's rapidly changing film, television, music, Internet and gaming businesses. As Rudman says, "Everyone has two businesses - their business and show business."

He bought all the equipment for Cherry Hill, N.J., police department's mobile Kid-Cards program. The department uses the computer hardware and software to print identification cards for township children for parents and police to use if a child becomes lost. The program interlaces with the national Amber Alert.

He annually pays tuition to send local police to Camden County Community College. Over 30 of them went there, on scholarship, to major in criminal justice and police science.

He's bought police dogs for Cherry Hill, some of which have completed narcotics training.

He's paying for the design and building of a memorial to a recently slain Cherry Hill police officer.

As Kal likes to say, "I do the work. And I do it because I can."

The Rudmans are residents of Cherry Hill, NJ.

Kal is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (B.A.) and Temple University (M.A.).

Press Releases

November 28, 2016
PHILANTHROPY OF KAL & LUCILLE RUDMAN FOUNDATION TO BE FEATURED ON 'THE DOCTORS' 9th ANNUAL CHRISTMAS SHOW

Legendary Music Industry Publisher Kal Rudman Aids 9-Year-Old 'Hero's' Wishes for a College Education to Become a Scientist in Episode Themed to Giving Back to Deserving Heroes in the Community

'Holiday Extravaganza' to Air in National Syndication Tomorrow (Dec. 1) and Dec. 23 via CS Television Distribution (Check Local Listings)

The Doctors
Dr. Travis Stork, host of "The Doctors," delivers surprise check from the Kal and Lucille Rudman Foundation, along with a personal message from the Rudmans, to young hero "Francisco," on the 9th annual holiday episode, premiering Thursday, Dec. 1 and re-airing on Dec. 23 (check local listings).

HOLLYWOOD (November 28, 2016) - In the true spirit of the holiday season, the philanthropy of the Kal and Lucille Rudman Foundation hits the national TV spotlight this week when the Philadelphia -based non-profit, helmed by legendary music industry publisher Kal Rudman, is prominently featured on The Doctors 9th annual holiday episode.

The episode, premiering tomorrow (Thursday, December 1) and airing again Friday, Dec. 23 (check local listings) showcases the Rudman Foundation delivering an oversized check for $5,000 to surprised 9-year-old "Francisco" (last name withheld) of Los Angeles to help boost his educational wishes toward becoming a scientist.

Francisco is one of the young "hope ambassadors" - children in need who still volunteer to help others - of the Los Angeles based Kimberly Moore Foundation. The Doctors "flipped the script" for Francisco, paving the way for the Rudman Foundation to make the donation, according to a spokesperson for the show.

"The generosity of the many donors that we have, Kal being the prime example, is what makes our annual holiday show so fulfilling and rewarding," the spokesperson said.

Dr. Travis Stork, host of The Doctors, delivered this statement from the Rudmans on the show to young Francisco:

"When we heard your beautiful story, it truly touched us! Therefore, Francisco, the Kal and Lucille Rudman Foundation, through the Kimberly Moore Foundation, has proudly made it possible to award you a $5,000 scholarship for college."

Kal Rudman is a music industry legend, former Today show music expert, and noted philanthropist. His six industry trades (led by The Friday Morning Quarterback) are invaluable reading for thousands of top music and industry professionals. Many artists, including Bruce Springsteen and Dolly Parton, would come to him for advice with their careers and in hopes to be featured in his magazine.

Through the Kal and Lucille Rudman Foundation, Rudman has offered full scholarships for many city fire fighters and police, built and continues to fund the Emmy winning TUTV (Temple University Television), and sponsors medical summer camps for deserving Philadelphia high school students at Drexel University College of Medicine in conjunction with Hahnemann Medical College, as well as Einstein Medical Center. The Rudman Foundation also provides annual university scholarships to graduating high school students through a mentorship program at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children - one of the oldest full-service hospitals in the United States totally dedicated to the care of children.

Taped in front of a live studio audience in Hollywood, The Doctors is produced by Stage 29 Productions and distributed by CBS Television Distribution. Jay McGraw, Carla Pennington, Patricia Ciano, and Dr. Phil McGraw are executive producers.

CBS Television Distribution is the preeminent company in worldwide television syndication. CTD produces or distributes 10 first-run series and holds the largest distributed television library at 70,000 hours strong. CTD is a unit of CBS Corp.

For additional information on The Doctors, please visit thedoctorstv.com.

The Doctors
Kimberly Moore, of the Kimberly Moore Foundation, delivers a surprise scholarship check from the Kal and Lucille Rudman Foundation to her young hero, "Francisco," during the taping of "The Doctors" 9th annual holiday episode, airing Dec. 1 and Dec. 23 (check local listings).
August 2, 2016
NOTED PHILANTHROPIST KAL RUDMAN 'DOUBLES DOWN' ON ORIGINAL PLEDGE TO HELP RESCUE VANDALIZED BERKS COUNTY CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL

Second Pledge This Year to Area Religious Institution in Crisis Furthers 20-Year Commitment for 'Philadelphia's Guardian Angel'

CHERRY HILL, NJ (Aug. 2, 2016) - Boosting his 20-year commitment to helping regional religious institutions in crisis, noted philanthropist Kal Rudman, long known as "Philadelphia's Guardian Angel," has "doubled down" on his original pledge to better rescue a Berks County Catholic high school from vandals who spray-painted exterior walls and religious symbols, including a statue of Mary, with offensive language and other graffiti earlier this year.

Berks Catholic High School in Reading, Pa., today received a check from the Kal & Lucille Rudman Foundation for $5,000, which reimburses the school for half of the total cost of damage repairs spent last winter for a restoration contractor, according to principal Tony Balistrere. Rudman's donation is twice the amount he originally allocated toward repairs.

With the vandals still at large, the legendary publisher of the influential music industry publication Friday Morning Quarterback also has now doubled his original reward for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individuals who committed the act of vandalism at Berks Catholic High School.

"We feel really blessed that Mr. Rudman would feel in his heart to give to Berks Catholic and help us clean up what was a difficult time for the school, and certainly, we've had a lot of prayers," said principal Balistrere. "This monetary donation really helps us work our way toward becoming whole in terms of all the cleanup that had to be done."

Rudman's donation helps the high school pay for much of the complete scrubbing, washing, and sandblasting done to the entire lower exterior of the building, as well as the complete repainting of over 400 square feet of stucco paneling.

Anyone who can help identify the suspects is asked to call Reading police at 610-655-6116, or Crime Alert Berks County's anonymous tip line at 877-373-9913. Crime Alert will pay a cash reward, which includes Rudman's newly doubled pledge of $5,000, for information that leads to an arrest and conviction.

The Berks Catholic High School donation is Rudman's second such regional pledge this year through the Kal & Lucille Rudman Foundation. He also has come to the rescue of Saint Lawrence Church at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, the vandalized church in Lindenwold, NJ.

Rudman's extensive track record helping religious institutions in crisis, dating back to the mid 1990s, is unbound by religious affiliation. Other instances include:

  • Replacing Sunday collection money stolen at St. Jerome's Church in Northeast Philadelphia;
  • Replacing windows smashed by local teens at Beth Emeth-B'nai Yitzhok synagogue in Northeast Philly;
  • Donating repair money and a matching reward leading to the arrest and conviction of vandals who tore apart the Good Shepherd Roman Catholic Church in Southwest Philadelphia.

Rudman proudly bears the titles of Honorary Deputy Police Commissioner, and Honorary Fire Commissioner of Philadelphia, badges he's been given for not only his philanthropic donations, but his tenacious work ethic, compassion and social conscience in his unwavering dedication and service to not only the Philadelphia Police & Fire Departments, but the City of Philadelphia and its surrounding counties. His zeal in supporting educational programs for police officers as well as making sure they have the best equipment available, from motorcycles to horses to bullet proof vests, is all in the name of public service.

Rudman recently paid for a much needed facelift to the iconic bronze statue entitled "A Friend" which had been long deteriorating in front of Philadelphia Police Headquarters. He also recently partnered with the Philadelphia Police Department in a major recruitment drive for the Police Academy, helping to oversee and fund the launch of an extensive billboard and newspaper advertising campaign. And last year, Rudman purchased a $17 thousand agility equipment system that enables the Philadelphia Police Canines to work out and stay in shape for the police work they must perform.

"I do the work because I can ... and want to," says Rudman. "I look to find vacuums and important needs that matter to me, and in the big picture of the world, and I fill those vacuums and meet those needs."

January 29, 2016
NOTED PHILANTHROPIST KAL RUDMAN HELPS RESCUE VANDALIZED CHURCH IN LINDENWOLD, NJ WITH PLEDGES FOR REWARD CAPTURE AND REPAIRS
Kal Rudman

Second Pledge This Year to Area Religious Institutions in Crisis Furthers 20-Year Commitment for 'Philadelphia's Guardian Angel'

CHERRY HILL, NJ (Jan. 29, 2016) Continuing his ongoing commitment to helping area religious institutions in crisis for the past 20 years, noted philanthropist Kal Rudman, long known as "Philadelphia's Guardian Angel," is coming to the rescue of the recently vandalized church in Lindenwold, NJ. It's already Rudman's second such pledge this year through the Kal & Lucille Rudman Foundation.

Rudman, legendary publisher of the influential music industry publication Friday Morning Quarterback, has posted a $2,500 reward through the Citizens Crime Commission of the Delaware Valley for any information that would lead to the arrest and conviction of the individual(s) who committed the act of vandalism at Saint Lawrence Church at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Lindenwold earlier this month. Information can be called in to the Crime Commission Tipline at 215-546-TIPS.

Rudman also is contributing an additional $2,500 to be applied toward church repairs necessitated by the vandalism at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish.

"The commission is thrilled to have people like Kal Rudman on our board who can step up when this type of thing happens," says Capt. John Apeldorn, president of the Citizens Crime Commission. "The church is very thankful for Kal stepping forward as well. Kal has been working with the commission for 20 years, and when he sees jobs that need attention, he's always there for us. He also supports a lot of police programs. The guy just never stops. He does a lot of good for the community."

On the morning of January 6, 2016, someone desecrated the sanctuary of the Camden County church, leaving thousands of dollars in damage behind. According to the Citizens Crime Commission, the suspect entered the church through a very small window at a time when the church happened to be empty, and broke several stained glass windows by throwing votive candles through them. The vandal knocked over the church's paschal candle, the papal flag, and threw the crucifix on the alter to the floor.

Lindenwold police officers collected evidence they are hoping leads them to a suspect, and Camden County Police and the Citizens Crime Commission are seeking the public's help in identifying the person(s).

Similarly, Rudman has made the same pledge $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the vandals, and $2,500 toward repairs to Berks Catholic High School in Reading, PA. The school was vandalized in early January by two men who spray-painted exterior walls and religious symbols, including a statue of Mary. Costs to have the graffiti removed by a restoration contractor exceed $10,000. Anyone who can help identify those suspects is asked to call Reading police at 610-655-6116, or Crime Alert Berks County's anonymous tip line at 877-373-9913. Crime Alert will pay a cash reward, which includes Rudman's pledge, for information that leads to an arrest and conviction.

Rudman's extensive track record helping religious institutions in crisis, dating back to the mid 1990s, is unbound by religious affiliation. Other instances include:

  • Replacing Sunday collection money stolen at St. Jerome's Church in Northeast Philadelphia;
  • Replacing windows smashed by local teens at Beth Emeth-B'nai Yitzhok synagogue in Northeast Philly;
  • Donating repair money and a matching reward leading to the arrest and conviction of vandals who tore apart the Good Shepherd Roman Catholic Church in Southwest Philadelphia.

Rudman proudly bears the title of Honorary Deputy Police Commissioner of Philadelphia, a badge he's been given for not only his philanthropic donations, but his tenacious work ethic, compassion and social conscience in his unwavering dedication and service to not only the Philadelphia Police Department, but the City of Philadelphia and its surrounding counties. His zeal in supporting educational programs for police officers as well as making sure they have the best equipment available, from motorcycles to horses to bullet proof vests, is all in the name of public service. Rudman recently paid for a much needed facelift to the iconic bronze statue entitled "A Friend" which had been long deteriorating in front of Police Headquarters. He also recently partnered with the Philadelphia Police Department in a major recruitment drive for the Police Academy, helping to oversee and fund the launch of an extensive billboard and newspaper advertising campaign. And last year Rudman purchased a $17 thousand agility equipment system that enables the Philadelphia Police Canines to work out and stay in shape for the police work they must perform.

"I do the work because I can and want to," says Rudman. "I look to find vacuums and important needs that matter to me, and in the big picture of the world, and I fill those vacuums and meet those needs."

January 29, 2016
STATEMENT ON DEATH OF PAUL KANTNER OF JEFFERSON AIRPLANE/STARSHIP FROM 'THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN EARS,' KAL RUDMAN, LEGENDARY PUBLISHER OF THE FRIDAY MORNING QUARTERBACK, BIBLE OF THE BROADCAST AND MUSIC INDUSTRIES

CHERRY HILL, NJ - "Paul Kantner's contribution as a songwriter and electric guitarist were instrumental in making the Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship major hit machines for half a century. In every incarnation, Kantner was the glue and the constant. His death leaves a great void among the pillars of the revolutionary San Francisco rock scene and thus, rock in general.

On behalf of the staff of the Friday Morning Quarterback, we send our deep condolences to the Kantner's immediate and entire music family."

www.fmqb.com

Kal & Lucille Rudman Foundation

Randy Alexander

President & CEO
906 Jonathan Lane
Marlton, NJ 08053
856.596.1410

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