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Annual Groundhog Banquet Speaker Announced!

The Annual Groundhog Club Banquet will be held on Thursday, February 1st 2018 at the Punxsutawney Area High School. The doors will open at 6 p.m. and dinner will start at 6:30 p.m.  Jeff Lundy, Vice President of the Inner Circle, will serve at the master of ceremonies. The Man and Woman of the Year for Punxsutawney will be announced, as well as, the new Ambassadors of the Groundhog Club.

This year's speaker for the Annual Groundhog Banquet will be Larry Richert. Jeff Lundy, the master of ceremonies states, “We are absolutely delighted to have Larry back as our guest speaker. He epitomizes the Western Pennsylvania friendliness of Groundhog Day. Larry set the standard and style for broadcasting from the Knob on Groundhog Day starting in 1993, the year the movie came out. He is on the Mount Rushmore of Groundhog Day broadcasters, right up there with Jim Cantore, Jen Carfagno, and of course, Phil Conners.”

Larry originally came to KDKA in November of 1988 and has worked in both TV and Radio ever since including a ten year stint as a weather anchor with sister station KDKA-TV.

Since September of 2001 Richert has hosted the KDKA Radio Morning News part of CBS Pittsburgh. Larry Richert has been a constant in Pittsburgh radio and television since the early ‘80s. He has long been an ambassador for the city of Pittsburgh and was winner of the Vector’s Richard Caliguiri Award for that reason.

Born in Millvale and raised in McCandless Township, Richert attended St Ursula grade school in Hampton then moved to North Allegheny High School and graduated from Clarion University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications.

Richert is the voice of NFL Films/Steelers Highlights, narrating his first film in 1985 and now he is the Public-Address announcer at Heinz Field for the Steelers. Plus he joined the Pitt Panthers Football network broadcast team where he hosts the pre-game show and reports from the sidelines.

Larry also co-wrote and co-produced a feature family film in worldwide distribution called “Amazing Racer” starring Lou Gossett Jr, Charles Durning, Eric Roberts, Jason Gedrick, Daryl Hanna and many more.

Larry is involved many charity organizations including Vice-President of the Pittsburgh Celebrity Hockey team. He also is the Honorary Chairperson for the American Cancer Society annual Golf Classic, spokesman for McGuire Memorial Home and the JDRF event plus the Autism Speaks annual walk just to name a few. He was honored this fall by McQuire Memorial, which offers services for people with mental and physical disabilities, by having a Playground named: Larry and Cindi Richert Playground.

Larry and his wife Cindi have three children: Erica, Zach and Emily. There is one caveat Larry told Lundy: “I am genuinely honored to come to the Banquet, but Jeff, if the Steelers go to the Super Bowl, I will be in Minneapolis for KDKA and have to cancel, if that’s alright?”. I said “Larry, let’s all hope you can’t make this year’s Banquet. We’ll just put a life size cut out in your place and you can do a remote. We did that once on Groundhog Day for Bill Deeley when he slept in and no one knew the difference.”

Tickets for the Annual Banquet will go on sale at the GHC Headquarters at 9 a.m. on Friday, December 22nd.

Man and Woman of the Year forms can be picked up and returned at the GHC Headquarters and the Punxsutawney Chamber of Commerce. All nominations must be submitted by Saturday, January 6th.

 If you have someone you would like to nominate to be an Ambassador of the Groundhog Club please contact the GHC or visit www.groundhog.org. All nominations must be submitted by January 20th, 2018.

To purchase your tickets for the banquet online, click here!