Press inquiries/coverage requests: Deb Falk, NJTV 973.233.8862;

Benefit reservations/information: Elizabeth Bennett 908-322-1100;

 An evening of music and comedy provided by New Jersey natives Joe Piscopo and John Pizzarelli to benefit New Jersey public television;

Michael Aron and Kent Manahan to be honored;

Bernie Flynn and Robert A. Marino serve as co-chairs

GalaArtApril 1, 2015 – NEWARK – NJTV, New Jersey’s public television network, will host its second major benefit event at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) on Wednesday, April 15th at 6pm.

The benefit, co-chaired by Bernie Flynn (President and CEO of New Jersey Manufacturers) and Robert A. Marino (President and CEO of Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield), will honor two veteran journalists, Michael Aron (NJTV News Chief Political Correspondent and host of On the Record and Reporters Roundtable) and Kent Manahan (former NJN News anchor and host of Governors’ Perspectives), for their contributions to public television.Comedian and NJ native Joe Piscopo will serve as Master of Ceremonies, and benefit guests will enjoy a reception and dinner followed by the awards and a performance by another of New Jersey’s own, John Pizzarelli, the world-renowned jazz musician and vocalist.”NJTV has made great strides in a very short period of time and we’re proud to host this second benefit celebration,” said Flynn, who also serves on NJTV’s Board of Trustees.  “Like public television itself, this will be an evening that will engage and entertain.”

“Michael Aron and Kent Manahan are synonymous with New Jersey public television,” said NJTV General Manager John Servidio.  “We’re delighted that they continue to share their insight on local issues on our network and are pleased to honor them as part of the NJTV family.”

NJTV Benefit sponsorships, advertisement opportunities and tickets are available by calling Elizabeth Bennett at 908-322-1100 or email


WHAT:     NJTV Benefit for New Jersey Public Television

WHERE:  New Jersey Performing Arts Center- One Center Street, Newark, NJ

WHEN:    Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 6pm

DRESS:   Business Attire

HONORING: Michael Aron and Kent Manahan

Pioneers of Public Broadcasting in NJ


 Performance by


John Pizzarelli World-renowned jazz guitarist and singer 


Special Guest Appearance by


Joe Piscopo


About NJTV

NJTV, New Jersey’s public television network, brings quality arts, education and public affairs programming to New Jersey and its tristate neighbors. A nonprofit affiliate of WNET, the parent company of THIRTEEN and WLIW21, NJTV presents such acclaimed PBS series as American Masters, Nature, Charlie Rose, Downton Abbey, and BBC World News America and a range of documentaries and children’s programs. NJTV offers an array of local news and cultural offerings on air and online including American Songbook at NJPAC, On the Record with Michael Aron, Driving Jersey, NJDocs, Due Process, One-on-One with Steve Adubato, Classroom Close-Up NJ and State of the Arts.
The network’s weeknight news broadcast, NJTV News with Mary Alice Williams, features stories from across the Garden State. NJTV complements its growing news staff by partnering with state-wide media and higher education institutions.  Network studio facilities in the heart of New Jersey’s largest city, Newark, will soon be unveiled, joining those at the Trenton Statehouse, for statewide coverage and community engagement. NJTV goes beyond television to connect with viewers across all media platforms, including online, where users can stream hundreds of public television programs and local educators can find free, classroom-ready, digital resources through PBS Learning Media New Jersey.